When it comes to state-level laws and policies, Colorado ranks among the best, according to the latest annual report by the Human Rights Campaign advocacy organization.
In a little over year, after seating the state's first gay governor in Jared Polis, Colorado has passed laws to ban gay conversion therapy for minors and make it easier for transgender people to amend their birth certificate.
Colorado also was lauded in the report for being among the states that prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as workplace and school protections.
The Human Rights Campaign's sixth annual State Equality Index was released last week.
“We are so proud of the progress we’ve made toward creating a fair and just Colorado for all," said Daniel Ramos, the executive director of One Colorado, the state's largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Coloradans and their families.
"This report demonstrates the wide range of laws and policies needed to make LGBTQ equality a reality throughout the state. It also reminds us that the work is far from over. This session, we have seen the most aggressive slate of anti-LGBTQ legislation introduced in the past decade. It reminds us that we have to keep fighting to ensure LGBTQ Coloradans are protected against such attacks.”
The index evaluates statewide laws and policies in six broad areas: parenting; relationship recognition and religious refusal; non-discrimination; hate crimes and criminal justice; youth; and health and safety.
"It wasn’t so long ago that Colorado earned the title of the 'Hate State' by passing Amendment 2 that prevented LGBTQ Coloradans from gaining any legal protections at the county, city, or state level," One Colorado states in the report. "Since the amendment was overturned by the U.S Supreme Court in 1996, our movement has continued to make ground, and we have seen our state become a national leader for LGBTQ rights and protections."
Read the full index by clicking here.