One of my last stories for The Denver Post was a front-page piece on gay activist Ted Trimpa and how he changed Colorado and a nation.
Trimpa was going to be honored a year ago with a lifetime achievement award by One Colorado, the state’s largest advocacy organization for gay and transgender rights.
The more Trimpa and I talked in 2015 for the story the more I realized his life is a best-selling book. I still feel that way. I mean, a Kansas farm kid ends up helping President Obama develop his policy toward Cuba?
And the story is proof that Colorado history repeats itself. Trimpa has worked on ballot measures involving cigarette taxes and oil-and-gas development, which are issues again this year.
But Trimpa had to miss his own party because of a medical emergency so he is receiving the award this Saturday at One Colorado’s annual gala, which honors allies for the cause.
In addition to Trimpa, One Colorado is honoring GOP fundraiser juggernaut Kristin Strohm of The Starboard Group. Among her clients: Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
She was a founding member and served on the board of Coloradans for Freedom, the group that successfully organized conservatives to advocate for the passage of civil unions at the state legislature. She is credited with guiding another client, Congressman Mike Coffman, into changing his views on gay rights.
Also receiving awards from One Colorado are Nita and Rudy Gonzales and the Gonzales family and Matthew Huron.