19th Century and Before
The region's LGBTQ+ past begins with the first inhabitants of this region, the Native and Indigenous peoples. Specificallly, Northern Colorado is the "traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples. This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes." The arrival of white settlers in the region brought its own considerations of sex, gender, and sexuality. Notable here are the prosecution of homosexuals acts under sodomy laws and both progressive and regressive roles for women. Yet this era also has notable moments of joy and experimentation.