Transgender birth certificate bill passes Senate committees for first time 

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On April 12, Colorado HB 19-1039, "Identity Documents for Transgender Persons," cleared one more hurdle on its way to becoming law — Jude’s Law, as supporters have named it, for a young transgender girl who has testified on its behalf for four straight years.

One of a handful of LGBTQ-centric bills that Republican-controlled committees have killed in past years, Jude’s Law would ease the requirements for transgender and nonbinary Coloradans who wish to change the gender marker on their birth certificates. Under current laws, such individuals need to undergo gender reassignment surgery, get a court order and publish an official name change. All of those barriers would disappear under Jude’s Law.

Now that the bill has cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee, it goes the Senate floor for a vote. Since the bill text has been slightly amended, it will then return to the House for final approval before hitting Gov. Jared Polis’ desk.

Like another previously embattled LGBTQ-centric bill, the ban on conversion therapy for minors, prospects for Jude’s Law look good.

One Colorado, the state's leading advocacy organization for LGBTQ causes, released the following statement from its executive director Daniel Ramos:

“For the last four years, Colorado Senate republican leadership had blocked legislation that would remove barriers for transgender Coloradans to access to identity documents that match who they are. This year, Colorado will continue to lead the way and live up to our values as a state that is open to all. Colorado will be the third state to provide options for transgender and non-binary Coloradans to have identity documents that match who they are by removing unnecessary and costly barriers. This is a critical step that reduces discrimination against transgender and non-binary Coloradans and affirms that Colorado continues to be a state for all.”


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