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Fifty years ago this month, police raided a gay bar in New York City called the Stonewall Inn.

It was a common occurrence at the time, but on this night, patrons – trans women of color, lesbians, drag queens and gay men – said "enough." The raid ignited six days of protests and became known as the Stonewall Riots – largely credited with sparking the modern gay rights movement.

Colorado lawmakers want a fifth attempt to ban psychotherapy that seeks to change minors' sexual orientation or gender identity to succeed.

The House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee sent a bill to ban the practice to the full House on a 8-3 vote Wednesday. Three GOP lawmakers cast the "no" votes.

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Colorado lawmakers are once again debating a bill to ban so-called conversion therapy for youth in the state. The practice seeks to change a gay or non-straight person's sexual orientation to heterosexual. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has said the practice does not work, can be harmful, and furthermore, that variations in sexual orientation and gender expression are normal.

The original story behind the Masterpiece Cakeshop case is both undisputed and well known: a gay couple in Colorado walked into the bakery in 2012 and asked for wedding cake. The owner and master baker Jack Phillips declined to make a custom cake for their party because he said their union violated his religious beliefs.

The couple filed a complaint with the state's civil rights commission, which found Phillips was violating the state's anti-discrimination laws that prohibit businesses from discriminating against LGBTQ people.

When she was 5 years old, Michelle Sherman learned exactly what her mother thought of gay men.

"I remember seeing two guys holding hands, and then my mom's like, 'Oh, that's disgusting,' and so I was like, 'OK, maybe it is disgusting,' " Sherman says.

But then she realized she was attracted to girls and began to believe something was wrong with her too. At just 11 years old, Sherman attempted suicide.

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Despite some complaints about its appropriateness for young audiences, organizers of an upcoming Drag Queen Story Hour at the Windsor-Severance Library said the event will continue as planned.

Sponsored by the Northern Colorado group SPLASH LGBTQIA-Youth, the children’s story hour will feature drag queens reading children’s books with inclusive storylines.

“The event is going to go on because it’s the right thing to do,” said SPLASH director Kimberly Chambers. “Having conversations with our young children about diversity — no matter what that looks like — is an important factor.”

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Jade Koch doesn't like showing people her Colorado driver's license.

Sitting on the couch in her living room, Koch pulls out the 2 by 3.5-inch piece of plastic from a pocket on her phone case. Next to her black and white portrait, underneath the sex category, a little "F" indicates female.

For as long she can remember, she said, the tiny marker has been a huge burden.

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Two Mountain West states are part of a dozen across the country that allow people to select non-binary gender on legal documents.

Colorado residents, who do not identify as male or female, will be able to choose "X" as their gender on driver's licenses starting on Nov. 30.

"It's really important that Colorado is now allowing another opportunity for male, female and non-binary -- people who identify as neither male or female -- to also have an identity document who matches who they are," said Daniel Ramos, executive director of One Colorado, an LGBTQ advocacy organization.

It's been twenty years since the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. One legacy of his hate-motivated death is the wide collection of artistic responses.

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The U.S. State Department is considering whether to appeal a ruling regarding how the agency asks for a person's gender on a passport application.

On Sept. 19 a federal district judge in Colorado ruled in favor of Fort Collins resident Dana Zzyym. Zzyym, who is intersex, was denied a passport in 2015 because they did not mark male or female on the application.

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