Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans are a diverse group. We’re members of every race and economic class. We’re old and young; documented and undocumented; followers of many faiths and none at all.
But the national movement for equality hasn’t always reflected all of us. At One Colorado, we’re committed to working for all LGBT Coloradans, regardless of race, gender, class, age, documentation status, or religion. In fact, that’s what our Alliance Building work is all about — achieving justice for all of us, not just some of us.
Justice for LGBT People of Color and Transgender Coloradans
For decades, the hopes and experiences of LGBT people of color and transgender people have been excluded from the movement for LGBT equality. It’s a sad history—one that One Colorado seeks to rectify. That’s why we are working hard to address racism and transphobia within the LGBT community.
LGBT immigrants live in a world that treats them unjustly, both because they are LGBT and because they are immigrants. We need to change our laws to ensure that we treat all people fairly, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or immigration status. At One Colorado, we’re doing our part by building support for immigrant rights among the LGBT community, as a part of a joint organizing program with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition.
For far too long, the faith community has been pitted against the LGBT community. But hundreds of faith leaders and thousands of faithful Coloradans from across the state support equality. In partnership with the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, we’re working to organize within faith communities, to build support among faith leaders, and to engage LGBT people of faith in creating change within their own places of worship.
One Colorado is often called upon to participate in coalitions to serve as the LGBT voice around the table, and we take that responsibility seriously. We’re committed to being a good coalition partner and fully representing the priorities and values of LGBT Coloradans — whether we’re knocking on doors in support of Paid Sick Days, talking to our members about the dangers of yet-another “Personhood” initiative, or lobbying in favor of Colorado ASSET (legislation to provide undocumented students with access to affordable, in-state education).