The Center's Legal Helpline
If you have been discriminated against in Colorado because of your sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or HIV status, call The Center's Legal Helpline at 303-282-6524.
The Center's Legal & Advocacy Program, formerly known as the Center's Legal Initiatives Project (CLIP), receives calls on its Legal Helpline from individuals among Colorado's gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender communities, and those living with HIV. In 2009, the Legal Helpline responded to 333 hotline calls or other requests for assistance.
The Legal Helpline is our primary means of learning about potential cases of discrimination against GLBT people and persons with HIV in Colorado. The Center's Legal & Advocacy Program provides direct legal services in a limited number of such cases.
Many callers, however, have legal concerns other than discrimination. Typical calls involve individuals who need estate planning for a gay or lesbian couple, landlord/tenant disputes, criminal problems, employment & labor matters, personal injury and torts, and bankruptcy.
As a courtesy to such callers, The Center refers many of them to attorneys in private legal practice in Colorado who are on our referral list. In some cases, we may be able to provide callers with quick advice or information about their legal issues of concern. We also maintain a resource list of other agencies and organizations that may be able to assist callers.
A Center attorney referral does not constitute an endorsement of the attorney's services. Referrals simply put callers into contact with attorneys who are sympathetic to GLBT communities. Because of the ongoing oppression faced by GLBT people, many of our callers worry that they may be treated unfairly when accessing legal services. The Center's Legal Helpline thus plays an important role in ensuring that the legal needs of previously-marginalized people are met.
Note: If you are a Colorado attorney interested in serving on our Referral Attorney List, please click here for our Attorney Referral FAQ & Sign-Up Form.