About us

 

Springs Equality is a network of individuals and business owners within various facets of the Colorado Springs community. We partner with Allies and other LGBT organizations in the state of Colorado to keep equality awareness alive and to provide understanding and mentorship to those in need. We give our time and resources to help continue to unite the LGBT community. Springs Equality is helping the LGBT community thrive in Colorado Springs. As a brand new cyber community center, we work with businesses, government organizations, and individuals, to connect, enrich, and inspire the lives of the LGBT and Allied community.

 

Connect. Enrich. Inspire.


Our Mission is to Connect, Enrich, and Inspire the LGBT & Allied Community in Colorado. What does that mean?

  • Connect – As virtual center, we connect you to businesses, services, resources, and other local organizations with our on-line Resource Page & Business Directory. We also connect individuals in our community, at our events designed to allow relationships to develop and grow organically.

 

  • Enrich – We enrich our city with monthly community service projects that support other great organizations & businesses in the southern Colorado area. By providing opportunities for individuals to give back and volunteer, we believe that doing so not only increases LGBT visibility for us, but also affirms our commitment to serve Colorado Springs at large. 

 

  • Inspire – We inspire our community to support local businesses that promote equality in the southern Colorado area. And we hope to inspire individuals to come together, engage, volunteer, give back, and grow because we believe it takes everyone to raise a thriving LGBT community. 

 

 

Our team

   Flora Vinson, President

 

Flora moved to Colorado Springs for her first engineering job out of college. She grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL and went to University of Florida in Gainesville, to graduate with a degree in Biological Engineering. She currently works for a water technologies company, and social dances in her free time. Activism, advocacy, community building, dance, music, and social connection are things she’s passionate about.

flora@springsequality.org

 

   Courtney Deuser, Vice President

Courtney Deuser and her husband, Paul, moved to Colorado Springs in March of 2016. A Kansas native, Courtney earned her Master of Public Administration degree from Kansas State University in December of 2015. Currently, Courtney is pursuing a career in nonprofit fund development. She believes in speaking out for those in marginalized populations. In addition to their social equity efforts, Courtney and Paul are also foster parents through a Dachshund rescue group and enjoy spending time with their dogs Hound, Maynard, and Prince, as well was their cat, Slim.

courtney@springsequality.org

 

   Ryan Barry, Secretary

Ryan Barry is a lifelong native of Colorado Springs who is motivated in his work by a deep love and appreciation for his native home. He graduated UCCS in 2013 with a degree in political science and since college has worked for social change organizations such as The Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, the White Privilege Conference, One Colorado, and Springs Equality. Ryan is also a co-founder and current board president for Unite Colorado Springs, an independent progressive advocacy organization working to unite, invigorate, and empower our community to affect positive change.

ryan@springsequality.org

 

   Taylor Robinson, Treasurer

A Newer face to Springs Equality, Taylor Root saw something bigger than himself. He saw a community that he could be apart of, that would help him learn and grow as an individual and within a community of peers that respected one another. Graduating from Mead High School in 2007, He traveled around the western United States, seeing the struggle of LGBT youth and adults in many overly conservative societies. He realized at this point that he wanted to do something that would not only help himself, but also assist in enriching, education, and creating compassion in the LGBT+ communities.

Moving to Colorado Springs, CO in early 2012, he created lasting bonds and created a family of close friends. In June 2015, Taylor began working in the medical field as a Billing specialist to further his need to create a positive and caring environment In his spare time, he is an avid reader, technology enthusiast, and gamer.

As Treasurer, Taylor has pledged that he will uphold true values and is honored to be working with Springs Equality for the Colorado Springs community, and is dedicated to creating a better future for everyone.

taylor@springsequality.org

 

   Laura Marjamaa, Sr Advisor

One of the original founders of Springs Equality, Laura Marjamaa has always had a passion for making sure those around her are cared for, whether they can do it for themselves or not. She has a passion for the LGBT community and a strong desire to serve. In 2004 she graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology and obtained her national certification as a Certified Veterinary Technician.  Very soon after, she received a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management with a concentration in Non Profits. In the past eight years, she has served on the board of directors for two other organizations at both the state and local levels.  

She is the mother of two young children who are her world. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family and friends and watching college football (Go Gators!).

Laura is honored to be serving as the Chief Executive Officer for Springs Equality and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those in her community.

laura@springsequality.org