On Aug. 1, the Fremont County School District tabled a proposed transgender policy, designed to comply with state law mandating support for transgender students, after pushback from local politicians, teachers, and community members. In Colorado, transgender people and gender identity are protected under nondiscrimination ordinances.
Heidi Beedle is a former soldier, educator, activist, and animal welfare worker. She received a Bachelor’s in English from UCCS. She has worked as a freelance and staff writer for the Colorado Springs Independent covering LGBTQ issues, nuclear disasters, cattle mutilations, and social movements. She currently covers reproductive justice and politics for the Colorado Times Recorder.
Since the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion providers in Colorado have seen an influx of patients from states like Texas, which passed a six-week abortion ban in 2021, and whose abortion ban — passed nearly 100 years ago — will go back into effect Aug. 25 as a result of the Dobbs decision.
Tempers flared during Tuesday’s meeting of Pueblo’s Chávez Huerta Preparatory Academy (CHPA) Board. Of the 13 speakers who addressed the board during the public comment period, eight called for the resignation of board president — and Republican Colorado Senate candidate — Stephen Varela.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) has been endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Bennet is facing a challenge from Republican Joe O’Dea, who doesn’t support Colorado Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA), but also didn’t support overturning Roe v. Wade, but also supported the nomination of the three conservative Supreme Court Justices who voted to overturn Roe.
Anti-abortion activist Seth Gruber gave a presentation rife with racism, transphobia, misinformation about abortion, and references to Moloch and Gnosticism during Saturday’s “Voice for the Unborn” event at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, organized by Colorado Right to Life.
Erik Aadland recently announced endorsements from far-right thought leaders Paul Vallely and Tom Tancredo.
In El Paso County, home of more Republican voters than any other county in Colorado, one might assume that the winner of the Republican primary would have a clear path to victory in November, but you would be wrong.
In May, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee held a public hearing on unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP), or as most people know them, UFOs. The hearing marked a historic shift in how the government has approached the topic of UFOs. No longer are UFOs the subject of ridicule and derision, but a legitimate subject of inquiry for the military and the federal government.
Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order today to protect abortion providers and patients in Colorado. The order prohibits state agencies and departments, unless “pursuant to a court order,” from providing “information or data, including patient medical records, patient-level data, or related billing information, or expend time, money, facilities, property, equipment, personnel, or other resources to assist or further any investigation or proceeding initiated in or by another state that seeks to impose criminal or civil liability or professional sanction upon a person or entity for conduct that would be legal in Colorado related to providing, assisting, seeking, or obtaining reproductive health care.”