Colorado software developer Tim Gill has made hundreds of millions of dollars during his career, and he has used that money to push for progressive policies for LGBTQ people across the United States. He rarely gives media interviews even though he is considered the most influential philanthropist for gay rights.

So when he offered to talk to The Denver Post about the 25th anniversary of the start of his influential Gill Foundation, reporter Elise Schmelzer jumped at the opportunity to ask what motivates Gill.

— Noelle Phillips, breaking news editor

Denver’s Tim Gill has donated half a billion dollars to LGBTQ equality. Now the software geek turned activist reflects on 25 years of the struggle.

DENVER, CO - June 21: Tim ...
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Tim Gill made millions after founding a design software company in the 1980s and later founded the Gill Foundation, an organization that advocates for equal rights and opportunities for LGBTQ people.

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Five of The Denver Post’s best stories this week

Protest of planned federal immigration roundups draws thousands to Aurora ICE facility

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People attend candlelight vigil in front of the ICE detention facility in Aurora on Friday.

About 2,000 protesters gathered at an Aurora ICE facility on Friday night to oppose planned immigration roundups today, Kieran Nicholson reports. Some of those gathered took down an American flag and replaced it with a Mexican flag.

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Democratic Gov. Jared Polis goes to the Western Conservative Summit – and gets denounced

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis speaks during the Western Conservative Summit in Denver on Friday.

On Friday, Gov. Jared Polis became was the first elected Democrat to address the Western Conservative Summit. But his visit was not without fireworks — an anti-abortion activist denounced the governor during his speech. Polis focused his address around bipartisan victories in Colorado and used lessons from the Bible to try to connect with conservatives at the gathering, Nic Garcia reports.

RELATED: Donald Trump Jr. addresses the Western Conservative Summit


Colorado medical students pursue training as abortion providers even as more states restrict access

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Audrey Jaeger is a medical student at Rocky Vista University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker and says she plans to offer abortion services once she goes into medical practice.

With the recent flurry of activity in state legislatures and concerns about the future of Roe vs. Wade, there’s a sense that a shake-up is on the way for one of the nation’s most contentious issues — and medical students in Colorado are taking note, Jessica Seaman reports.


Shambhala Mountain Center apologizes for not properly addressing abuse, sexual misconduct

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The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya is seen at the Shambala Mountain Center near Red Feather Lakes in the foothills west of Fort Collins.

Following an extensive report of by The Denver Post, the leadership of the Shambhala Mountain Center released a statement Wednesday apologizing for failing to appropriately address sexual misconduct and other abuse at the international Buddhist organization’s Larimer County meditation center, Carina Julig reports.

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A local’s ultimate travel guide for a quick trip to Aspen

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The Maroon Bells, as seen June 30 in Aspen. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

Thinking about driving up to Aspen for a weekend? You’re in luck. We’ve got the ultimate travel guide to the city created by a local to kick off our new travel series, A Quick Trip. Read the story and recommend what city we do next! — The Know Outdoors


Quick Hits

+ For the first time, Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions trending down

+ Former Park Hill Golf Course property sells for $24 million; buyer plans development

+ Investigators detail harrowing I-70 crash that killed four as judge advances case toward trial

+ “We have proven that we are ready.” Denver ramps up support of 2026 World Cup bid.

+ 1,662 geese killed in Denver’s now-completed effort to control population in city’s parks

+ A transgender inmate was raped and beaten in a Cañon City prison. Now the state has settled the case.

+ FOLLOW UP: RiNo Art District leaving $8,200 space that was campaign issue for Giellis

+ Recalls against Colorado Democrats Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee can go forward

+ As CPR’s OpenAir goes mainstream, Denver’s music scene rages against the machine

+ Peña Boulevard widening and rebuild faces skepticism, delay from Denver council

+ Denver auditor asks city to take action against airport Westin hotel for withholding records

+ Colorado Safe2Tell tips nearly double in June compared with last summer

+ Denver communities putting more faith in land trusts amid affordable housing crisis

+ SPORTS EXTRA: CU Buffs football previews (includes Nebraska, Colorado State and more)


Photo of the Week

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad owner Al Harper is pictured at the train depot in Durango last month. The company is converting a coal train, pictured, to run on oil in order to reduce the risk of accidentally setting a fire.