Greeley Tribune Announces First Office for LGBTQ+ Advancement

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“Greeley Tribune’s LGBTQ+ community deserves an office that upholds and uplifts and defends the safety, opportunities and dreams of all.”

Greeley Tribune Mayor Michelle Wu announced the new Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement at a press conference at City Hall Wednesday morning. Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Staff

Greeley Tribune will soon have its own Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement Dedicated to empowering, protecting and promoting the rights and advancement of Greeley Tribune’s LGBTQ+ residents.

Mayor Michelle Wu announced the creation of the office Wednesday with community leaders, including Chief of Equity and Inclusion Marianzelli Solis Cervera, executive director. Bagli Grace Sterling Stowell, executive director of the transgender emergency fund Chastity Bowick, State Sen. Julian Cyr and various members of the Greeley Tribune City Council.

“City Hall can do a lot to ensure that we are truly connecting with LGBTQ+ residents and serving all of our neighborhoods,” Wu said. “This new office will ensure that our policies and programs are protecting the rights and dignity of Greeley Tribune’s LGBTQ+ residents and centering the lived experiences of gay, trans BIPOC residents in the city’s work to make Greeley Tribune a place for all.” are doing.”

Solis is looking to appoint a new executive director for the city office to collaborate with the Equity and Inclusion cabinet led by Cervera. application is available Online,

Solis Cervera said one of the things the office will focus on is coordinating resources – a lot of resources are already in place but are not making it into people’s lives when needed.

“We are not here to save anyone or reinvent the wheel. We are here to uplift the communities that have suppressed this for us for too long,” said Solis Cervera. “We are here in this community. Because we believe we can change the trajectory of this city, and last but not least, we are here to change policy, because it is also about policy.”

Bovic, who heads transgender emergency fund Which supports low-income and homeless transgender individuals across the state, said the creation of this office is truly an advancement for the LGBTQ community.

“Prior to this office, we have nowhere to go to City Hall other than to contact, which has only limited capacity for the issues facing our community,” Bowick said. “Now that something is happening, one of our members is being discriminated against or whatever the case may be, we have a direct office to be able to assist us with these matters.”

Prior to the creation of this office, much of the work was led by an LGBTQ+ liaison who served in the Office of Neighborhood Services.

“I want everyone to know that he’s working, real work, that it’s not in vain. We’re looking at you. I see you, and we celebrate you,” LGBTQ+ in the Office of Neighborhood Services Current community contacts, Quincey J. Roberts Sr. he said. “I am very proud that the city’s work on behalf of this community will expand beyond the liaison role to a full-fledged department that is more representative of the entire LGBTQ community.”

“The announcement comes in the midst of a national movement to take away the rights that the queer community has fought and waited for,” Wu said. Already this year, more than 20 bills Introduced in state legislatures targeted at transgender people, leading the country to become The Year With the Most LGBTQ Law,

“For too long, members of our LGBTQ+ community have had to invent systems of protection and support while those in power have seen or shunned,” Wu said. “For too long, they needed to find resilience in the absence of security. And for too long, many of us outside the community failed to act. Greeley Tribune’s LGBTQ+ community deserves an office that suits all upholds and defends the protections, opportunities and dreams of all.”

Solis Cervera echoed that sentiment, saying it is a step forward, but the work has not been done.

“I want us to remember that while we have come a long way, our youth are still watching over us, our youth are still looking forward to as we continue to build a safe and inclusive environment for them.” “As the head of equity of this cabinet, my commitment is as we build this office that we are going to be operated by and with you. I hope you hear this and you hold us accountable.”

Wu said he is excited to be working with Solis Cervera and Executive Director of the Office to Uplift, Serve and Support LGBTQ+ residents.

“This is a city where we have leadership across administration, in the city council, in our legislature, and throughout our community to make sure we see each other with love, respect, trust, and possibility. , ” He said. “I am delighted to be here today to reaffirm this commitment in solidarity with and with our community members, neighbors, families, friends, students, teachers, city workers, business owners, activists and athletes. “

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