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Gov. Jared Polis signed a pair of bills expanding state protections to the LGBTQ community into law on Friday, the eve of Pride Month.

The bills included a ban on psychotherapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors, often called “conversion therapy,” and a change to state law that makes it easier for transgender residents to update gender markers on their birth certificates.

Polis called it an exciting day for Colorado.

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While the physical health of Colorado's transgender population is similar to the general population, their mental health outcomes are drastically different. It's just one of a series of key findings in a survey produced by One Colorado in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the LGBT Center of Colorado, Denver Health, and the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado Denver.

As Colorado's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group, One Colorado said social and health disparities continue to exist for the state's LGBT Community overall.

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Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Colorado, the director of the state's largest LGBT advocacy group, One Colorado, said it's time to start mending fences with opponents of gay marriage.

"There are some really big issues facing our state and our country, and I would love to be able to sit down with folks to be able to sit down and figure out how to address some of those issues," Dave Montez said.

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Having passed its third and final reading in the Colorado House, Senate Bill 19 now only awaits the Governor’s signature.  The bill allows same-sex couples residing in Colorado and married in one of the 17 states and the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is legal to file joint state taxes.

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Breaking along party lines, the Colorado Senate Tuesday passed, on an initial vote, a proposal to allow gay couples legally married in other states to file a joint Colorado tax return.

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It may take months before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver decides on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban. Dave Montez, executive director of One Colorado, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group says they're watching the challenge.There’s a reason; Colorado has a similar constitutional amendment on the books.

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The doctor/patient relationship is one of the most personal; it can be even more complicated for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. There’s a fear that if doctors discover their orientation, they would be treated differently.

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In late August Brad Clark, Executive Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered advocacy group One Colorado, announced he was leaving the organization. While Clark has not said what he’s doing next, he did speak about what’s next for the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group.

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Colorado’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community is celebrating Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision striking down a key section of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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In less than 24 hours, same sex couples in Colorado will be able to enter into a civil union. Clerk and Recorder’s offices are gearing up for the expected rush on their offices.

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