One Colorado’s Statement on the Colorado Senate Strengthening Protections for LGBTQ Coloradans and People with Disabilities

April 11, 2017

Today, the Colorado Senate voted 23-12 to pass House Bill 1188 — a bill that adds physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and transgender status to Colorado’s existing law concerning bias-motivated harassment. One Colorado released the following statement from Executive Director, Daniel Ramos, on the passage of this bill.

“The passage of House Bill 1188, with widespread bipartisan support in Colorado’s House and Senate, proves that protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Coloradans, and people living with disabilities, is not a partisan issue. House Bill 1188 is a common-sense measure that strengthens protections for Colorado’s vulnerable communities and we are pleased that this legislation is now on its way to Governor Hickenlooper’s desk.

“We want to particularly thank Representative Mike Foote, Senator Dominick Moreno, and Senator Don Coram for their leadership in bringing this bill forward and are grateful to all the legislators who voted with LGBTQ Coloradans, our families, and people with disabilities.

“This bill is a simple fix that sends a message that harassment against LGBTQ people and people with disabilities is not tolerated in our state. One thing we can agree on is that every Coloradan deserves the freedom to live openly and honestly — including LGBTQ Coloradans. We hope that in future legislative sessions, our elected officials will continue to work across the aisle to ensure a fair and just Colorado.”