Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans come from every walk of life. LGBT Coloradans are our parents, friends, and neighbors. We understand that LGBT Coloradans aren’t merely defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity, but hold many identities. LGBT Coloradans are members of every race and economic class, are old and young, are documented and undocumented, and are followers of many faiths and none at all.
But the national movement for equality hasn’t always reflected the diversity of our community. At One Colorado, we’re committed to working for all LGBT Coloradans, regardless of race, gender, class, age, documentation status, religion or political ideology. 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
For decades, the hopes and experiences of LGBT people of color have been excluded from the movement for LGBT equality. It’s a sad history—one that One Colorado seeks to address through its work organizing and advocacy with LGBT people of color. As we move forward, One Colorado Education Fund is committed to working within our own community, and with coalition partners, to address the unique disparities faced by LGBT people of color. Our work will be guided by three core objectives: improving data collection to better reflect and represent Colorado’s diverse population, educating the LGBT community about racism, and strengthening partnerships with organizations serving people of color.
Justice for transgender Coloradans
As we work towards achieving equality for LGBT Coloradans, we know our work must also include Coloradans who identify as transgender. Transgender Coloradans need the same protections and opportunities to live their authentic lives — free from discrimination. As part of our work, One Colorado is committed to removing barriers that exist for transgender Coloradans through public education and advocacy.
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 with dignity and respect, 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. This program seeks to expand opportunities for LGBT immigrants and build community trust by improving relationships with immigrants and local law enforcement.
For far too long, opponents of equality have pitted the faith community against the LGBT community even though hundreds of faith leaders, and thousands of faithful Coloradans, 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 congregations, 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).
Businesses in Colorado have been a powerful voice in support of protections for LGBT Coloradans. By building relationships with business leaders, business associations, and business owners, One Colorado ensures that Coloradans are protected from discrimination and that Colorado remains open for business to everyone.
LGBT Coloradans come from all political ideologies. Because of One Colorado’s commitment to working with supporters of equality — no matter their political affiliation — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents have all stood up for LGBT Coloradans at the Capitol. One Colorado continues to work to build support for equality among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.