Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Two key LGBTQ issues up for vote in state Legislature ... again

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 5:29 PM

click to enlarge This is the fourth time lawmakers will vote on the Birth Certificate Modernization Act. - SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
  • This is the fourth time lawmakers will vote on the Birth Certificate Modernization Act.
Even as an oft-lauded progressive state, Colorado isn’t always ahead of the game. In fact, our state Legislature has stalled on two key LGBTQ issues for years, both of which have recently been re-introduced: making it easier for transgender people to change the gender on their birth certificate, and banning conversion therapy (a controversial practice that attempts to change a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation) for minors.

While it’s hard to believe we’re still debating these issues, both of which could prove life-changing for those affected, the debate does continue. It’s up to the voting public — for lack of a better technique — to pester the hell out of Colorado lawmakers, and make sure their voices are heard.

One Colorado, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, will host its annual LGBTQ Lobby Day on Feb. 26. They will be championing the two issues above. Last year, One Colorado saw its greatest turnout, with more than 350 people showing up to speak to their representatives about the LGBTQ issues up for vote.

The Birth Certificate Modernization Act passed through the Health, Insurance and Environment committee on Feb. 17, meaning it heads to the House for a vote for the fourth year running. The conversion therapy ban was introduced to the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee on Feb. 14, and is currently under consideration.

The Colorado House is controlled by Democrats, while the Senate has a Republican majority.

If you can’t attend the Lobby Day in Denver but still want to act, One Colorado’s website provides email templates and contact information for state representatives to those who sign up.

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