One of the country’s largest Pride parades will wind through the streets of Denver this weekend. The grand marshall is the first openly gay governor in United States history. For many, it’s seen as a symbol of hard-won tolerance for LGBTQ residents in what used to be known as the hate state.
Last month, on the steps of the Capitol building, Gov. Jared Polis addressed a cheerful crowd of LGBTQ rights advocates, many waving rainbow flags.