Less than a month into 2023, Republican politicians are kicking the new legislative session off with overwhelming bigotry. According to the ACLU, over 150 bills targeting the LGBTQ community, and transgender people in particular, have already been introduced in legislatures across the country. In Colorado, three GOP legislators added a new bill to the pile this week, this one meant to attack trans athletes in Colorado’s public schools.
James O'Rourke is an investigative reporter at the Colorado Times Recorder. In 2021, they graduated from University of Colorado Boulder, where he studied writing, rhetoric, and LGBTQ issues. You can reach him at [email protected]
Conservative activists are flaming an upcoming event as “disgusting,” “outrageous,” and “inappropriate.” But do they have any evidence for these claims?
While high-profile races for governor and U.S. Senate may have dominated the airwaves and social media this year, the elections in Colorado’s Legislature were equally important – especially following the state’s independent redistricting process.
With a fight brewing over who will be the next chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), Trump lawyer and evangelical activist Harmeet Dhillon has thrown her hat in the ring – and she seems to have the early support of Colorado’s GOP National Committeeman, Randy Corporon.
2022 has been an eventful year for U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO). The controversial Silt Republican freshman, up for reelection this year, won a sweeping victory in her GOP primary race, and was expected to do the same in the general election this November. Those expectations were turned on their heads on Election Day, as Boebert found herself locked in a tight race with her Democratic opponent Adam Frisch, which she would ultimately win by 551 votes – less than 1% of the total count.
Web Designer Refusing To Create Sites for Gay Weddings Worked for CO Conspiracists and Anti-LGBTQ Bigot
303 Creative LLC, a Littleton-based web design company whose case before the Supreme Court will decide the fate of anti-discrimination laws in Colorado and other states, provided services for some of Colorado’s most extreme conservatives during the 2022 election.
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