Colorado's second-largest city (population 380,000), Colorado Springs is just an hour or so south of Denver and has a quite conservative reputation compared with the state capital and many other parts of the state. Indeed, this city edging the Rockies is home to a number of conservative religious and political groups, including the infamously homophobic Focus on the Family and the New Life Church.
The city's pride Center is hosting Colorado Springs Gay Pride it's 21st anniversay on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, 2011. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette The Mayor has rejected to issue a PrideFest Proclamation!-
I'm writing to ask you to reconsider issuing a proclamation for PrideFest in a show of support of the LGBT community of Colorado Springs . This decision is unfair and continues to promote the stereotype that Colorado Springs is an unwelcoming community to the LGBT Community .
I urge you to issue a proclamation for PrideFest as well as attend the PrideFest in a show of support for Colorado Spring's LGBT Community.