Tim Gill Establishes the Gill Foundation in Response to Amendment 2
August 22, 2019
After Colorado voters approve Amendment 2 in 1992, legalizing discrimination against gay, lesbian, and bisexual people, Tim Gill dedicates a significant portion of his wealth to establishing the Gill Foundation with the goal of securing equal rights for LGBT people in his lifetime. Later that year, the Colorado Supreme Court deems Amendment 2 unconstitutional, but the ruling is challenged, setting the stage for a U.S. Supreme Court showdown.
Witnessing the devastation of the AIDS crisis, Tim directs the foundation to give one of its first grants to the University of Colorado, $750,000 for AIDS research.
At the federal level, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” goes into effect, requiring gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members to serve in silence or leave the military.