Honoring the Call of Freedom

I happened to find a photo from the Denver Post Archives of three smiling Vietnamese refugees at work at the Aspen Meadows kitchen: Si Quoc Ngo, Vinh Cam Hua, and Cung Lien Me. In 1978 my mother, Ann Amabile, decided to help with the refugee crisis created by the war in Vietnam. After the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, 130,000 Vietnamese fled their homeland by boat or foot and landed in …

Why I Fight for LGBTQ Equality

The end of Pride Month got me thinking about my Uncle Billy. He was so much fun to be with. On Sundays he made brunch and we gathered around the table singing Irish ballads and reciting poetry. Billy was gay. Being gay was illegal then. One night he was arrested for sodomy. After that he was fired from his job as a social worker. It upended his life, but it …