New Legal Guide Released for Colorado LGBTQ Families

November 20, 2017 — For Immediate Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. and DENVER, CO. — Family Equality Council and One Colorado are pleased to release a new legal guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) families living in Colorado. This resource provides LGBTQ-headed families and LGBTQ adults considering forming families with detailed and accessible explanations of the current status of federal and state law, including recognition of same-sex marriages, parental rights, adoption, applying for documentation for children, nondiscrimination protections, school policies, healthcare, parental leave, and more. The guide also includes a list of legal documents it is recommended that all LGBTQ families secure in order to ensure their rights and wishes are respected.

“Legal protections for LGBTQ families vary dramatically from state to state, and while the climate is far more accepting in Colorado than in some states, LGBTQ people may still experience discrimination in education, employment, housing, healthcare, and public accommodations,” says Denise Brogan-Kator, Chief Policy Officer for Family Equality Council. “This new resource will help families in Colorado understand the steps they can take to protect their families.”

The result of a partnership between Family Equality Council and One Colorado, the family law guide reflects both organizations’ commitment to defending LGBTQ families from discriminatory legislation, and advancing legal and lived equality for LGBTQ individuals and their families in Colorado.

“One Colorado works every day to advance equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families,” said Daniel Ramos, Executive Director of One Colorado. “Thanks to our partnership with the Family Equality Council, we are proud to continue to close the gap between legal rights and lived equality for LGBTQ-headed families living in Colorado.”

Family Equality Council and One Colorado will continue to work tirelessly to support LGBTQ individuals and their families, change public opinion, and educate elected officials.

Download a PDF copy of this free resource here:

About Family Equality Council

Family Equality Council advances legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change. Family Equality Council believes every LGBTQ person should have the right and opportunity to form and sustain a loving family, regardless of who they are or where they live. Learn more at

About One Colorado

One Colorado is the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families. Their vision is a fair and just Colorado. Learn more at

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Media Contacts:

Ed Harris, Chief Communications Officer, Family Equality Council
646.880.3005 x117,

Laura “Pinky” Reinsch, Political Director, One Colorado