Equal treatment of individuals regardless of their sexual orientation is a bedrock principle of mine, and this extends to marriage as well. I shared the experience of the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training courses with Mark Ferrandino, and got to know him fairly well. I was ecstatic that he was able to lead a new statehouse majority to pass the civil unions bill this year, and he has endorsed my run for Council. At the City level, we need to insure that discrimination in all its forms is forbidden, support the Boulder County AIDS Project, and make sure that individuals of all orientations are welcomed by City staff and departments. Though I have not been involved with LGBTQ community activists in a formal way, I am proud to work with individuals of all orientations in my personal and professional life.