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Lawmakers in 19 states, including Colorado, want legal refuge for trans youth

By Holly Ramer, The Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — Democratic lawmakers in more than a dozen states, including Colorado, are following California’s lead in seeking to offer legal refuge to displaced transgender youth and their families. The coordinated effort being announced Tuesday by the LGBTQ Victory Institute and other advocates comes in response to recent […]

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Democrats on Colorado Board of Education want LGBTQ issues kept in social studies standards

Three Democrats on the Colorado State Board of Education won’t vote for a long-awaited update to state social studies standards if LGBTQ people are excluded, they said at a Tuesday meeting. The seven-member State Board plans to take until the end of the year to finalize the update after the board has been inundated with […]

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Valor Christian students hold protest in support of gay volleyball coach who said he was forced to quit

A student-organized walkout was held at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, where demonstrators voiced support for former volleyball coach Inoke Tonga, who said he was forced to quit because he is gay. About 50 students, alumni and parents came together at the planned walkout organized by Valor Christian Junior Lucy […]

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Biden pick for Colorado’s federal bench would be first openly gay LGBT woman to serve as district court judge in the West

By Aamer Madhani, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is nominating a Vermont judge who played a critical role in paving the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage to become the first openly LGBT woman to serve on any federal circuit court. Biden has tapped Beth Robinson, an associate justice on the […]

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Colorado still allows killers to use gay or transgender “panic” defenses. But the strategy could soon be outlawed.

When Allen Andrade was charged with murdering a transgender woman in 2008, he argued that he killed her in the heat of passion after learning she had male genitalia. Andrade simply snapped, his attorneys said, and shouldn’t be sent to prison for the rest of his life.  In fact, Andrade’s attorneys claimed, he was provoked […]

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LGBT activists say new bills — including one in Colorado — target transgender youth

By Lindsay Whitehurst and David Crary, The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — At the urging of conservative advocacy groups, Republican legislators in more than a dozen states are promoting bills that focus on transgender young people. One batch of bills would bar doctors from providing them certain gender-related medical treatment; another batch would bar […]