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Denver jail lacks strategy to deal with mental health, fails to adequately monitor array of contracts, audit says

The Denver jail keeps unreliable data on its mental health programs, is failing to adequately monitor its contracts with mental health providers and could not show whether its transgender inmates are housed according to their preference, according to an audit released Thursday.  The Denver Sheriff Department offers an array of programs to help inmates deal […]

Posted inColoradans, News, Politics and Government

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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Colorado will be first in the U.S. to require comprehensive health coverage for gender-affirming services

Colorado will become the first state in the country to require certain health care plans to cover comprehensive health services for transgender people, the state and federal governments announced Tuesday. The state will also add two more required benefits for those plans: an annual mental health wellness exam and prescription coverage for treatments that are […]

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Masterpiece Cakeshop baker fined $500 for refusing to make a cake celebrating a woman’s gender transition

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman, a state judge has ruled. In Tuesday’s […]

Posted inEducation, Health, News, Politics and Government

“Everyone is being crazy”: Conservative Delta County erupts over an effort to teach sexual education

DELTA — Sex. Couple that with education. Link it to anything other than heterosexual unions. Bring the Bible into it. And, in Delta County, expect a volatile civic tempest. The latest controversy over sex in this conservative Western Slope county has been sparked by a progressive push to add state-recommended comprehensive sex education in the […]

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New program aims to teach rural Colorado health providers about transgender care

Alessandra Bullis’ clinic sits on a corner in Cripple Creek, a town of around 1,200 people about an hour drive west of Colorado Springs. A nurse practitioner, Bullis has been serving patients here for almost three years. “It’s primarily a casino town with an older population,” Bullis said. In nursing school, Bullis wasn’t taught about […]

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Exclusive excerpt from “Going to Trinidad”: A patient arrives at a gender-confirmation crossroads

Martin J. Smith, a veteran journalist and former senior editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, is the author of five crime novels and four previous nonfiction books. He has won more than 50 newspaper and magazine writing awards, and his novels have been nominated for three of the publishing industry’s most prestigious honors, including […]