Colorado House candidate Brianna Titone is leading the charge to convince Wheat Ridge to become the first municipality in Colorado to ban conversion therapy for gay minors.
The council could vote on the issue as soon as its next regular meeting on March 12
LGBTQ advocates say it is a discredited psychiatric practice that harms young people’s self-esteem and could be a factor in the high rate of suicide among gay teens.
House Bill 1245 to ban conversion therapy statewide is scheduled to be heard by the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee on March 20.
Titone is seeking to become first openly transgender member of the Colorado General Assembly. She is the only Democrat in the race to take on incumbent Republican Rep. Lang Sias of Arvada.
She has been endorsed by the millennial progressive campaign organization Run for Something.
Titone moved to Colorado 10 years ago and has worked as a mining consultant, a substitute teacher at a Catholic Jesuit school and as a web application developer. She grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley.
She has a bachelor’s degree in physics geology the State University of New York at New Paltz and, starting in high school, was a volunteer firefighter . She received a master’s degree in geochemistry from Stony Brook University and worked as an environmental consultant, before moving to Colorado.
In Colorado, Titone has volunteered at the Denver Botanic Gardens and is a member of NecroSearch International, a nonprofit that provides collective scientific knowledge to help law enforcement solve cases. She has been involved with her homeowners association since 2011 and has been its president since 2014.
Though she considers herself a “political outsider,” Titone was was a alternate state caucus delegate for Bernie Sanders’ run for president in 2016.
She is the secretary/treasurer of the Jefferson County LGBTQ+ Caucus and captain at-large for the Jefferson County Democratic Party.
“She believes that many people in Colorado don’t pay enough attention to what is going on in their neighborhoods,” according to her campaign announcement. “Part of that reason is that they don’t know who represents them or that their voice even matters. She believes that more people are needed in government that don’t just follow their agenda, but listen to their constituents and hear their concerns. She will be that person for District 27.
“We can’t always choose where we live, and with that, we cannot choose our neighbors,” Titone said in a statement. “Instead of isolating ourselves, we should try to become better neighbors and friends. We’re all in this together!”
Editor’s note: This story was corrected to say that House Bill 1245 has not yet passed the House, though it will, then it’ll die in the Republican-led Senate, as it does every year.