Colorado Signs Pro-Trans Bills Into Law

By Penny Robo

Two pieces of LGBT-friendly legislation were introduced in Colorado. Today, Governor Jared Polis signed them into law.

The first is a ban on conversion therapy: HB19-1129 prevents health care providers from forcing the awful, abusive practice on minors, and, obviously, provides a roadblock for parents looking to subject their children to it. Maine signed a similar bill into law earlier this month, making Colorado the 18th such state to do so.

HB19-1039, aka Jude’s Law follows the lead set by other states (as I covered last month) by allowing trans people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate to M, F, or X without a court order or doctor’s note.

Polis is the first openly gay governor in the US, and appears to be making good use of the opportunities afforded him by his office to protect marginalized and vulnerable people… it’s really, really hard to see something bad here, and it’s basically my job to look for the worst US politics has to offer my community. Good job, Colorado.

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About Zinnia Jones

My work focuses on insights to be found across transgender sociology, public health, psychiatry, history of medicine, cognitive science, the social processes of science, transgender feminism, and human rights, taking an analytic approach that intersects these many perspectives and is guided by the lived experiences of transgender people. I live in Orlando with my family, and work mainly in technical writing.
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