January 18, 2017
2017 is here, and we’re going to see a lot of legislation at the capitol that impacts lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families.
For our 2017 legislative agenda, we’re committed to advancing legislation that creates a fair and just state for all Coloradans:
The Birth Certificate Modernization Act will make it less burdensome for transgender Coloradans to update the gender on their birth certificate. Transgender people whose birth certificates reflect their sex at birth – and not their current gender – risk being denied housing, employment opportunities, and the right to vote because of this discrepancy.
Banning conversion therapy for minors will protect LGBTQ young people from dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Protecting Colorado’s young people from harassment and intimidation at the hands of their peers via text message, while also making sure Colorado’s young people and victims of crimes are not being criminalized for participating in consensual behavior.
Improving and maintaining protections, accountability, and community trust between public safety agencies and immigrant communities to ensure everyone is treated equally under the law.
Making sure voters in Colorado have options for how and when they can cast their ballot and stopping measures that would make it harder for LGBTQ Coloradans to register and vote.
We will work to defeat any and all bills that allow individuals and businesses to claim their religion gives them permission to ignore the law, stop all attempts to stigmatize and attack transgender Coloradans and their families, and fight any other bills that will hurt LGBTQ Coloradans.
When it comes to advancing pro-equality legislation, nothing is as powerful as an in-person visit to your legislators. That’s why LGBTQ Coloradans and allies gather at the capitol for Lobby Day each year. Together, we will learn about current issues, get trained on how to discuss our concerns with elected officials, and make personal lobby visits to the people who represent us. It’s a day you don’t want to miss!
Whether you have to rearrange your schedule, travel hundreds of miles, or take a day off work — we hope you are able to join us on February 27th. We’re expecting over 200 Coloradans to attend and want to make sure every corner of our state is represented!
Let’s make 2017 count!