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Tours and Treks

LGBT History of Denver: Another Side of Colorado’s History

In the 1800s, Denver’s districts of debauchery included access to “nymphs and fairies.” The state’s legal documents talked of “crimes against nature,” and dressing in “non-conforming” clothing could lead to violence. Colorado has come a long way since then in its views on the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgered community. From police raids and quietly whispered names of bars serving a special clientele to the days of marriage equality and high school support groups, we explore the local story—much of which is only now being documented by the people who saw it and lived it.