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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2021


On Wednesday, a City Council committee approved a proposal that would hopefully help identify sex traffickers in Denver and better protect their victims.

Illegal illicit sex businesses often come in the guise of massage parlors. So, a team of local elected officials and city agencies have drafted a bill that aims to weed out these seedy operations through licensing regulations.

If passed, the bill would require most massage parlors in Denver to apply for a special license and undergo both a background check and a property inspection. Applicants would have to pay $500 upfront and $250 on an annual basis, and could be denied a license for a number of reasons, including being convicted of a felony or sex crime.

Supporters say this initiative offers a more victim-centered approach to targeting these operations than the present practices. Currently, the city’s response to illicit sex businesses tends to result in the workers — who are often human trafficking victims — being charged with prostitution.

The bill will now go to vote in front of the full City Council.
[Denverite; CO Politics]

🌦️ The weekend temps will hover in the low- to mid-70s with chances of evening thunderstorms.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)


📍 State reveals preliminary congressional map
On Wednesday, Colorado was the first state to unveil a 2022 preliminary congressional map, which includes a new, eighth congressional district that is tentatively mapped for the northern suburbs of Denver. But don’t get your heart set on this version of the map. Beginning July 9, the congressional commissions will go on a public hearings tour to get community input on the map. [Axios Denver]
👉 What you can do: Check out the map and view dates for the public hearings tour.

🍺 Here’s your chance at free beer for life
Denver Beer Co. is holding an auction for an NFT (or non-fungible token). The floating, spinning, digital coin is titled “Beer For Life,” and whoever wins the auction gets — you guessed it — beer for life. Well, four free beers per day at any Denver Beer Co. taproom for life. The top bid, when I checked last night, was $2,019.35. The auction closes July 7 at 5 p.m. [Craft Brewing Business]
👉 What you can do: Make a bid!

Everybody’s leaving the Rockies
Following the footsteps of general manager Jeff Bridich and assistant general manager Jon Weil, Zach Wilson (another AGM) resigned earlier this week. Wilson was with the team for 20 seasons, and reasons for his departure are unclear. The search for a permanent replacement will take place after the season ends, leaving the Rockies relatively short-staffed ahead of next month’s MLB trade deadline. [Denver Post]


Talking Pride at One of the Last Lesbian Bars in the Country
23 mins
Going into Pride Weekend, City Cast Denver producer Xandra McMahon invited her friend and fellow journalist Danika Worthington to talk all things Denver Pride at one of the country’s last lesbian bars, Blush & Blu.


+ SATURDAY: I Am Denver Storytelling Lab
Share your fondest memories surrounding Denver’s historic Latinx and Chicano communities at this I Am Denver storytelling workshop.

+ SATURDAY: TEDxMileHigh: All Together
This free TED event aims to bring the Mile High community back together after spending the last year apart in the name of science, art, and poetry.

+ SATURDAY + SUNDAY: Name-Your-Own-Price Adoption Event
The Denver Dumb Friends League invites you to a special adoption event this weekend where adopters can “name their price” for their furry new friend.

+ SUNDAY: Big Queer Beerfest
Goldspot Brewing and Lady Justice Brewing will host the Big Queer Beerfest featuring Pride-inspired brews from 20 local breweries. Proceeds will benefit a variety of LGBTQ+ organizations.

+ ALL WEEKEND: Denver PrideFest
From late-night dance parties and drag performances to art galleries, marketplaces, and dining specials, here’s your Denver Pride Guide!


(Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post/Getty Images)

With the weather finally cooling down, it’s the perfect time to get out and on some local hiking trails. This roundup from 5280 lists eight of the most accessible loops near Denver — all wheelchair- and stroller-friendly! Whether you’re looking for something scenic, short, flat, long, challenging, or just with a lot of pretty birds, this list has it all, complete with detailed descriptions of each trail. So, take your pick and get outside this weekend!

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