About the Legal Program
The Center’s Legal Program is the only legal project in Colorado dedicated solely to the equality and dignity of LGBTQ people. We work to protect and further the legal rights of LGBTQ people living in Colorado through strategic partnerships, educational initiatives, and legal referral services.
Founded in 1992 to oppose the anti-gay Colorado constitutional Amendment 2, The Center's Legal Program began as the Colorado Legal Initiatives Project (CLIP). CLIP filed the historic U.S. Supreme Court case of Romer v. Evans (1996), which successfully argued that Amendment 2 and its attempt to preclude all legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect LGBT people was unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.
The Center’s Legal Program partners with local and national legislative, social, and legal organizations which advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Past partners include: One Colorado, Lambda Legal, Anti-Defamation League, American Civil Liberties Union, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Colorado Anti-Violence Program, Gill Action Fund, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Find a LGBTQ-friendly attorney in the Resource Directory, understand the ways in which equal marriage has impacted LGBTQ couples in Colorado, and get support and information around reporting a hate crime.
Transgender Resource Spotlight:
CO Name Change Project
The Colorado Name Change Project has current information and forms on how to update your name and gender marker in the State of Colorado. Volunteers are also available to answer questions submitted through their website.
Know Your Rights:
Rights 5 Campaign
The Rights 5 Campaign educates Colorado residents on the five state laws that protect and enrich the lives of LGBTQ people. Knowledge is power. The more that people are familiar with these laws, the more successful the laws will be at engendering fairness and equality.
The laws highlighted by the Rights 5 Campaign are:
- Employment Nondiscrimination
- Housing and Public Accommodations
- Hate Crimes
- Second-Parent Adoptions
- Designated Beneficiaries