The History of the
Southern Colorado Equality Alliance
Southern Colorado Equality Alliance (SCEA) began as Pueblo After 2. The first meeting was November 7, 1992 after Colorado voters passed an anti-gay-rights law known as “Amendment 2.” An injunction was passed and eventually the United States Supreme Court found the amendment unconstitutional.
A group of Pueblo LGBTQ citizens realized that the passage of Amendment 2 meant that many people might have felt invisible and rejected. They formed Pueblo After 2, determined that no one should have to feel alone or ashamed because of who they were.
Over the past 25 years, Pueblo and southern Colorado has changed for the better. Various programs have included organizing HIV/AIDS vigils and fundraisers, holding debates and informational panels, giving people information on LGBTQ issues, hosting dances and activities, hosting a prom, being involved in State and National LGBTQ issues, supporting Civil Unions, celebrating when the Supreme Court affirmed our marriages to be an inalienable right, standing up against anti-gay protests helping with petition drives, and much more.
As you can see, Pueblo After 2 evolved into something grand and much-needed in the community. It is refocused and progressed forward in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Realizing that the future is bright but that we live in a society that still discriminates, our youth group OutFront was formed, and eventually Pueblo After 2 became the Southern Colorado equality alliance.
SCEA has often partnered and supported other LGBTQ and allied organizations to further promote equality. As the organization evolves we strive to educate our community, provide support for our LGBTQ family, and move further away from the dampened darkness of the closet to the bright sunlight and warmth equality for all beings. We invite you to join us on a journey and see where the future leads us.