KWSI Explores Colorado’s History of Hate

Coming soon to KWSI-LP Radio from Professor Sarah Swedberg:

This summer, I embarked on an oral history project about resistance to a 1992 anti-gay ballot initiative in Grand Junction, Colorado. I wanted to bring queer history to the airwaves (albeit the low-power airwaves). I interviewed folks who had lived in Grand Junction between 1992 and 1996 to learn about what it was like to live in this corner of the “hate state.”

Colorado had become known nationwide by queer activists as the “hate state” because in 1992, 53% of Colorado voters passed Amendment 2. If it had gone into place, Amendment 2 would have prevented the state or any municipalities from protecting anyone with “homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual orientation, conduct, or relationships” from discrimination.


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