Coming out and joining the community, it turns out, is only the beginning of the process of becoming who we are.
But regardless of where we each live or feel the most free, we’re also a community with a concern for the wider world, for social justice, for beauty and for future generations we hope will benefit from what we fight for today.
A new policy bulletin by the state’s top regulatory agency for health insurance guarantees that trans Coloradans with health insurance equal treatment under their plans, guaranteeing access to dozens of services and procedures that were previously in doubt.
They said it’s not as much about the specific legal benefits a civil union will provide as it is the recognition the bill represents – recognition for relationships like Steadman and Misner had, for same-sex couples across the state, and for themselves
When the law takes effect May 1, it will culminate a story that began on Valentine’s Day more than two years ago, February 2011, when Sen. Pat Steadman, only the third openly gay state legislator in Colorado history (now one of eight currently serving), first introduced his civil unions bill.
In most ways we’re no different from heterosexual couples, but one thing our community is full of – since ideas about romance are bound up with gender and the gender we are or want is what makes us LGBT – are really diverse ways to be in love.
We, in the LGBT community, are a self-critical bunch. One of our community’s distinguishing characteristics is that we struggle – a lot – with each other and ourselves. There’s a reason for that.
I left Catholicism carrying something resembling post-traumatic stress disorder. A sick feeling arose in my stomach whenever I came face-to-face with the rituals and traditions that had once meant so much to me. I think this is a common experience, though not as much as it was for gay Catholics 50 years ago.
Obama won big and so did Colorado Democrats, but there were also big moments in down-ballot issues, not least being marriage equality. Here’s a recap of the 2012 election results we know so far: