Your Rights

We are proud to live in a state that has many protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans. Colorado provides basic protections for all Coloradans, including LGBT Coloradans, in our schools, places of employment, and our healthcare plans. The right to live the life you want, free from discrimination, is a value that all Coloradans share. Find out about your rights as an LGBT person below.

Protect Yourself

The Colorado Civil Rights Division handles complaints for individuals who have experienced discrimination and wish to file a complaint. If you feel you were discriminated against, 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 filedRead more >>

Second Parent Adoption

In 2007, Governor Ritter signed a bill into law that allows unmarried couples to adopt each other’s children. This law also affords same-sex couples the opportunity to jointly accept the legal rights of being a parent. Under this law, children of LGBT couples will now have two legal parents. This law benefits children and ultimatelyRead more >>

Marriage Equality

In March 2014, as part of our effort to win the freedom to marry in the Centennial State, One Colorado launched Why Marriage Matters Colorado with coalition partners Freedom to Marry and ACLU of Colorado. Through this statewide public education campaign, we broadened the dialogue with Coloradans about why marriage is important to same-sex couples andRead more >>

Uniones Civiles

En marzo de 2013, la Asamblea General de Colorado aprobó el SB-11, el Acto de Uniones Civiles de Colorado, que ofrece importantes protecciones y responsabilidades legales a miles de parejas comprometidas. El proyecto de ley entrará en vigor el 1 de mayo de 2013. Los derechos y protecciones contemplados en las uniones civiles incluyen habilidadesRead more >>

Civil Unions

Colorado now has full marriage equality. However, that wasn’t always the case and couples across Colorado are still able to get a Civil Union if they don’t wish to get married, but want to have some of the legal protections that marriage offers. If you’re looking for information on marriage in Colorado, click here. InRead more >>

Hate Crimes

Last updated: November 17, 2016 What to do if you are the victim of a hate crime, or witness a hate crime, in Colorado: If you feel your life or health is in immediate danger, call 911. If the threat is not immediate, report the hate crime to any of the following law enforcement agenciesRead more >>

Public Accommodations & Housing

In May 2008, Governor Bill Ritter signed the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act that added protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in places of public accommodations (i.e., restaurants and hotels) and housing. A public accommodation is defined as an entity that offers sales or services of any kind to the public: businesses, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, clinics,Read more >>

Employment & Workplace

In May 2007, Governor Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 25 – the Employment Nondiscrimination Act – that added protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans into Colorado’s employment anti-discrimination laws. This expanded law defines sexual orientation as heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender status. Under Colorado Law, it is now unlawful to consider sexual orientation orRead more >>

Health Care

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS LGBT Health Care in Colorado YOU DESERVE THE BEST HEALTH CARE. The biggest risk to your health is NOT visiting a health care provider to access the care you need and deserve. With recent policy changes, including the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the law is on your side. HERE IS SOME INFORMATIONRead more >>