Transgender Coloradans face unique challenges. Widespread discrimination, unemployment, homelessness, and violence are just some of the issues transgender people face on a daily basis.
One Colorado is devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender Coloradans through education and advocacy on the state and local level.
Progress for transgender Coloradans has been slowly advancing in recent years. One of the most significant recent victories was the inclusion of transgender people in Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws to protect them from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations in 2008. Another significant victory for transgender Coloradans was a bulletin from the Division of Insurance stating that health insurance companies can no longer exclude transgender Coloradans from coverage.
Since 2015, One Colorado has led the coalition working to pass a law updating the process for transgender Coloradans to update the gender on their birth certificate. The Birth Certificate Modernization Act would eliminate the surgery requirement and the court order currently required in Colorado before someone can change the gender on their birth certificate. Unfortunately, this bill died the past two years in the Colorado Senate after passing with a bipartisan support in the State House. One Colorado is bringing the bill to the legislature again in 2017 with hopes it will finally pass.
By continuing to educate friends, neighbors and policy makers, we can ensure that all Coloradans, including transgender people, can live their lives as they choose; free from the fear of abuse or discrimination. Together, we will build a fair and just state for all Coloradans.
If you feel you were discriminated against based on your gender identity, you may file a complaint if the alleged discrimination occurred during the following time period:
- Employment: must be filed within 6 months of alleged discrimination
- Accommodations: must be filed within 60 days of alleged discrimination
- Housing: must be filed within 1 year of alleged discrimination
To file a complaint, contact:
Department of Regulatory Agencies
Colorado Civil Rights Division
1560 Broadway, Suite 1050
Denver, CO 80202
303-894-2997 Denver Main Office
719-542-1298 Pueblo Office
970-248-7303 Grand Junction Office
Hearing Impaired: 711
You can also file a complaint online at: www.dora.colorado.gov/crd