Insights 
Blog Post

Stonewall Was a Start

Reflecting on how far we’ve come and looking forward to what lies ahead
June 25, 2019

Fifty years ago today, a group of New Yorkers stood up and fought back against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Stonewall uprising was a turning point towards equality for the LGBTQ+ community.

In the ‘90s, we witnessed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Romer v. Evans, which struck down Colorado’s Amendment 2 and its denial of protections for gays and lesbians against discrimination. The early 2000s brought the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and, most recently, the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges established the right for same-sex couples to marry.

Thanks to these challengers creating change, much has been accomplished for the equity and equality of LGBTQ+ people.

Yet, the daily reality for many Americans remains anything but equal.

In 26 states, employers can still terminate employees simply because of their gender identity. Racial disparities in the criminal justice system still result in black and brown people receiving longer sentences than their white neighbors. And women on average still earn less than their male colleagues.

Clearly, there is more work to do.

As Pride Month comes to a close, we ask you to reflect on the hard-won rights we’ve achieved together.

Rights won through peaceful protests. And relentless rallies. And contentious courtroom clashes. Rights that protect not just the LGBTQ+ community, but you, your family, your neighbors, and your colleagues.

With so much more to do, what will you do today to move our world forward?

Haystack Searched. Needle Found!

 Blog  Insights  | No Comments
When we set out to hire a new director of content and creative last year, we knew it would be akin to finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Our...

The Persistent Female Leadership Gap Hurts Us All

 Blog  Insights  | No Comments
This photo of my daughter, Charlotte, was taken shortly after Barack Obama was elected president in 2009. The caption to the drawing says Charlotte, who was five years old, wishes...

Move the Meter: Start Up Your Creative Thinking

 Blog  Expertise  | No Comments
The annual  Denver Startup Week draws creatives, leaders, communicators and entrepreneurial spirits from across the region to talk innovation and strategy. SE2 staff will be attending events and joining conversations...