‘Jude’s Law’ transgender namesake gets new birth certificate

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ABOVE: The namesake of “Jude’s Law” at the Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment, photo via Twitter.

DENVER (AP) | Jude spent so many years fighting for the bill to allow transgender Coloradans to more easily change their names and gender designations on identity documents that, eventually, they named the thing after her.

That bill became a law in 2019 – “Jude’s Law’” – and went into effect Jan. 1.

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Colorado Boy Scouts merge, leaders cite gay inclusion cause

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) | A local Colorado Boy Scouts council has merged with a Denver area council amid declining membership numbers and financial difficulty.

The Daily Sentinel reports that the combined western slope service area was created in May to serve about 2,400 youth members and about 1,000 volunteer adult leaders through scout units in 15 northwestern Colorado counties.

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Gay philanthropist Tim Gill to obtain high honor in Colorado

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ABOVE: Tim Gill, screenshot via YouTube.

Tim Gill, a gay Colorado based philanthropist who has donated more than $500 million to organizations working to advance LGBT rights, is set to receive one of his state’s highest honors from Gov. Jared Polis.

Polis, the first openly gay person elected governor in the United States, announced on Friday Gill would be one of six recipients of the Colorado Governors Citizenship Medal at an Oct. 12 celebration. The medal was established by executive order in 2015.

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Dan Baer bows out in Colorado race for U.S. Senate seat

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ABOVE: Gay U.S. ambassador Daniel Baerdropped his bid for U.S. Senate in Colorado. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Daniel Baer, an openly gay foreign policy expert who served as a U.S. ambassador during the Obama administration, has dropped his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado.

Baer announced he’d suspend his campaign Sept. 12 and would endorse former Gov. John Hicklenlooper, who launched a bid to run for U.S. Senate after his failed campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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Washington state Democrats elect lesbian as 1st woman speaker of the House

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ABOVE: Washington state Rep. Laurie Jinkins. (Photo from Facebook)

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) | Democrats elected the first female speaker of the House in Washington state on July 31.

With the selection of state Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma, Washington becomes the eighth state to have a woman in the top spot in the House and is now the second state to have a gay speaker of the House, joining Oregon. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, seven other states have female speakers of the House: Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont.

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Polis becomes 1st Democrat to address conservative summit

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ABOVE: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, photo via Facebook.

DENVER (AP) | Jared Polis, who last year became the first openly gay man elected governor of a state in the U.S., made history again July 12 by becoming the first Democrat to address a Denver conservative conference.

The liberal governor from Boulder was sandwiched between Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and conservative media critic Brent Bozell on the morning program of the Western Conservative Summit, which is a two-day conclave founded and coordinated by the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood. Polis’ speech was relatively unremarkable other than the fact that he gave it.

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Buttigieg boasts nearly $25 million haul in second-quarter fundraising

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Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is boasting a major haul of nearly $25 million in second quarter funds, an impressive figure demonstrating the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind., has prowess as a top-tier candidate and fundraiser.

According to the Buttigieg campaign, the candidate has raised $24.8 million from 294,000 individual donors, who have each contributed an average less than $48. Further, the campaign says it has more than $22 million in cash on hand.

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Gov. Polis signs trans birth certificate bill, ban on ‘ex-gay’ therapy

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With great fanfare in a signing ceremony, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis — the first openly gay man elected governor in the United States — signed into law on Friday two pieces of pro-LGBT legislation.

One measure bans widely discredited “ex-gay” conversion therapy for youth, the other, known as Jude’s Law, streamlines the process by which transgender people can change their gender marker on their birth certificates.

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New agreement ends litigation against Masterpiece Cakeshop

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Masterpiece Cakeshop — famed for its case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court after its owner refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple — has reached a new agreement with the State of Colorado to end subsequent litigation against him.

As part of the new agreement, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission will withdraw its administrative action against owner Jack Phillips. The commission found probable cause the bakery violated state law by refusing to make a cake celebrating a gender transition for a transgender person’s birthday.

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Lawmaker sees 1st year as balance between district, identity

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DENVER (AP) | Democratic Rep. Brianna Titone made Colorado history in January as the state’s first transgender lawmaker. She’s one of only four trans state lawmakers in the country.

“That does kind of put a little bit of self-imposed pressure on myself to do the best that I can,” Titone said. “But, on the same token, I would have done that anyway.”

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Apopka transgender woman evicted, alleges discrimination from housing association

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APOPKA, Fla. | A transgender woman of color and her husband were evicted from their mobile home in Apopka this month and claim discrimination from the Homeowners Association was a factor.

Tiara Kelley, 38, and her husband Robert Kelley, bought their Bayshore Chalet North mobile home in September. The couple bought the mobile home completely in cash, ensuring that their name was on the title of the home, and leased the lot that the mobile home was on with the Chalet North HOA.

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Proposed Denver conversion therapy ban for minors advances

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DENVER (AP) | Denver’s City Council will soon consider a ban on psychotherapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of minors.

Denver’s Safety, Housing, Education and Homeless Committee voted Dec. 19 to send the proposal to the full council.

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