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2019-MAY

Colorado law facilitates transgender
persons updating birth certificate.

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2019-MAY-31: Governor Jared Polis (D), of Colorado signed two bills into law:

Governor Polis is the first openly gay man to be elected as a governor in the U.S. He signed "Jude's Law:" which facilitates transgender persons who wish to change the gender on state government-issued certificates to match their current gender identity. This includes their birth certificates, driver's licenses, etc. They may be identified as "M," "F," or "X." No surgery, doctor's note or court order is needed. Colorado has joined California and Oregon in making a non-binary gener option available for birth certificates and driver's licenses.

He said:

"Just 27 years, we’ve had a remarkable transformation from when we were derogatorily called the ‘hate states’ to a place where the rights of all Coloradans are respected, where we have a strong LGBTQ caucus in our state legislature, where we move forward with valued contributions that every Coloradan makes regardless of their race, regardless of their gender, regardless of their orientation, regardless of their gender identity."

One Colorado is a pro-LGBT group in the state that advocates for lesbian, gays, bisexual, transgender and queer persons in the state. Officials of the group said:

"Versions of these bills were first introduced in 2015, and were previously sent to kill committees in the Republican-controlled Senate after passing the House. This year, both bills passed with bipartisan support in both chambers."

Governor Polis also signed a second bill into law that bans the practice of reparative (a.k.a. ex-gay) therapy for clients under the age of 18. Colorado became the 18th U.S. political jurisdiction state to ban the practice. Previous jurisdictions were: California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington State.

Daniel Ramos, executive director of One Colorado, said in a statement the enactment of the pro-LGBT bills made for “a historic session for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families of these bills further demonstrates that LGBTQ equality should be a nonpartisan issue, and we applaud the Republicans who stood with our community,” Ramos said. “Colorado will continue to make history as our country’s first openly gay Gov. Jared Polis, signs our pro-equality agenda into law to send a strong message that Colorado is a state that is open to all.”

Daniel Ramos, executive director of One Colorado, of the pro-LGBT bills made for “a historic session for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families” in the state legislature.said in a statement the enactment

“The strong bipartisan support of both of these bills further demonstrates that LGBTQ equality should be a nonpartisan issue, and we applaud the Republicans who stood with our community,” Ramos said. “Colorado will continue to make history as our country’s first openly gay Gov. Jared Polis, signs our pro-equality agenda into law to send a strong message that Colorado is a state that is open to all."

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, issued a statement saying:

“Gov. Polis has been a trailblazing champion for LGBTQ rights and representation, both in Colorado and for LGBTQ people across the nation. While there is much work to be done to ensure that all of us are treated equally under the law, this is a great day for progress — for Colorado and for our community."

"The Revolutionary" posted a comment to the article about the new law in thesource.com. She/he wrote that they:

"Won't be going to sick ass Colorado, When insanity becomes sanity. Damn shame."

The comment is apparently from a person who believes that transgender persons are merely gender confused and are in need of therapy to straighten themselves out.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. N.D. Smith, "Colorado Gov Makes Law Stating Transgender People Can Change Original Sex on Birth Certificate," Thesource, 2019-MAY-31, at: http://thesource.com/
  2. Chris Johnson. "Gov. Polis signs trans birth certificate bill, ban on ‘ex-gay’ therapy." Washington Blade, 2019-MAY-31, at: https://www.washingtonblade.com/

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