By Daniel Ramos, Executive Director, One Colorado
We're coming to a town near you! We've accomplished so much together, especially over the last year. A lot of folks have been asking:
"We've elected our country's first gay governor, our state's first transgender lawmaker, and have a pro-equality majority in the state legislature. What's next?"
"We're going to pass the conversion therapy ban this year, so what's next?"
"We have third gender options on birth certificates and driver's licenses. What do we work on next?"
We hear you. WHAT'S NEXT? Sign up to learn more.
As the state's largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families, we've worked hard for the legal and political advancements we've achieved. And there's still so much work to do. As many of us know, legal equality and representation in elected offices does not eliminate the lived equality gap that affects many of us in our day-to-day lives.
More than ever before, most of LGBTQ Coloradans – 95% – have health insurance, yet one in five people have been denied care by a provider for being LGBTQ.
LGBTQ Coloradans are more than three times as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression than the general public. LGBT youth are twice as likely to attempt suicide than their non-LGBT peers.
LGBT youth are approximately twice as likely to be experience online bullying than their non-LGBT peers, despite having comprehensive protections in Colorado for students based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.
We are excited to announce our 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour with seventeen stops all across the state, taking us from Grand Junction to Fort Collins, from Steamboat to Alamosa, from Pueblo to Aspen.
We'll bring you up-to-date on the equality landscape in Colorado, the latest victories in the advancement of LGBTQ rights and protections, and chat about what's next in ensuring a more fair and just Colorado for all. We'll also be looking for you to tell us about the work that has been happening in your local communities, and discuss local opportunities to bridge the gaps between legal and lived equality.
Mark your calendars now. Sign up for the 2019 One Colorado For All Statewide Tour Stop nearest you, and we'll be in touch with locations and times as we get closer to the tour date.
Thank you for all of your support over the last nine years. We've accomplished so much together. Now, the work continues.