When One Colorado first became an organization in 2010, we asked thousands of LGBT Coloradans to tell us what issues mattered most to them – and one of their biggest concerns was being able to access affordable, quality health care that meets their needs and the needs of their families.
The stories our community shared were overwhelming. Gay and lesbian Coloradans afraid to come out and be honest with their doctors about their sexual orientation. Transgender people denied critical health services – unable to live as the people they knew themselves to be. Homophobia colliding with racism in hospitals and doctor’s offices all across the state.
The obstacles were powerful and needed to be addressed immediately – and through One Colorado’s LGBT health advocacy program, we began doing exactly that. Today, our families have more protections, information, and support than ever before when it comes to getting the health care they need.
But our work isn’t over – there is more to be done. And that’s why we are excited to announce our new Health Policy Manager who is ready to hit the ground running and take this fight to the next level: Leo Kattari, a longstanding advocate for LGBT equality.
As an openly transgender Coloradan who has proudly talked about his own personal journey, Leo knows firsthand the power of LGBT people sharing our stories and living our lives openly. Storytelling and building awareness about the issues our community faces are a vital part of moving our LGBT health work forward.
Before joining the One Colorado team, Leo created and oversaw the Training and Education Department at Colorado Youth Matter, where he worked with educators and parents to help young people identify and achieve their academic and health goals. He also serves as vice-chair of the Colorado Health Equity Commission, a role in which he has regularly fought to address the injustices and disparities in our state’s health systems.
Leo’s dynamic experience and passion for transforming communities will make him an asset to One Colorado and our continued work. With his leadership and commitment to health equity, we will continue to bring down the barriers that LGBT Coloradans face in getting the coverage and the care that they need.
We are proud to welcome Leo to the One Colorado family.