Much has changed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans since One Colorado Education Fund (OCEF) was founded in 2010, including winning the freedom to marry, safer schools for LGBTQ students, increased access to healthcare, and greater protections for transgender Coloradans. Thanks to your participation in the 2016 Need Assessment Survey, we better understand the work that still needs to be done to ensure every LGBTQ Coloradan can live openly and honestly across the state.
Last year OCEF surveyed over 3,500 LGBTQ Coloradans to learn about their experiences. We’ve analyzed the results and want to share what we’ve learned with you:
- Harassment and discrimination have increased for LGBTQ Coloradans in all aspects of daily life.
- More LGBTQ Coloradans have health insurance than ever before, but many people are still not out to their doctors.
- OCEF should advocate for additional social issues including fighting income inequality, increasing access to housing, and fighting racism.
Across all the areas in which One Colorado works, LGBTQ people of color and transgender Coloradans face even greater barriers than their white and non-transgender peers. This report highlights a number of those barriers, as well as the work needed to create a more fair and just state for all LGBTQ Coloradans and their families.
We look forward to working with you in our continued fight for LGBTQ equality and tackling ALL the issues that impact our community — from protecting our victories, to removing barriers for transgender Coloradans, to ending racism, and ensuring that every LGBTQ person in our state has affordable housing. There is so much more work to be done to ensure a fair and just Colorado for all.