Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric is on the rise across the U.S. and in Colorado, and drag shows have become a central target of the right. Conservatives have attacked and vilified drag shows and performers, saying they are part of a left-wing effort to indoctrinate children through grooming.
This year, leading conservatives have waged war on LQBTQ people in Colorado. Here is a sample of recent stories in the Colorado Times Recorder about hostility or outright bigotry toward members of our LGBTQ community.
With Some in Her Party Rebelling, Republican Leader Encourages GOP Voters to Cast Ballots Along Party Lines
In a radio interview this month, Priscilla Rahn, vice chair of the Colorado Republican Party, urged GOP voters to cast their ballots along party lines, regardless of whether they share candidates’ values and positions.
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.
How CO Republicans Have Pushed Their Anti-Abortion Agenda — Both Before and After Roe Was Overturned
In the wake of Colorado’s primary elections last week and the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and return abortion laws to state authority, Republicans and conservatives continue to push anti-abortion policy via legislation, ballot initiatives, campaign rhetoric, and leadership elections. Despite recent failures in enacting their agenda and a demonstrated lack of support from the state’s voters, the Colorado GOP is undeterred.
Republicans are waging an all-out war on the rights and existence of transgender people this election cycle, and that battle is being carried into Colorado by legislators like state Representatives Mark Baisley (R-Roxborough Park) and Dave Williams (R-CO Springs), among others.
The U.S. Senate race between Colorado state Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Cañon City) and businessman Joe O’Dea is highlighting a growing divide amongst Republicans on the subject of abortion. The debate over how extreme GOP politicians should be on abortion has not just affected Colorado’s Senate race, but was also front and center in Louisiana, where earlier this month House Bill 813, a near duplicate of Rep. Dave Williams’s (R-CO Springs) failed personhood bill, was blocked not by pro-abortion Democrats, but by Republicans and anti-abortion groups that felt it went too far.
Rep. Dave Williams (R-Colorado Springs) headlined a “Rally to Resist Roe” at the Colorado Capitol Saturday, alongside pastors Jeremy Ueberroth, of Emmaus Road Reformed Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, and Jeff Durbin of End Abortion Now in Mesa, Arizona. Approximately 100 people attended the event, where speakers encouraged the audience to continue to fight against abortion and work to elect anti-abortion candidates office.
Flanked by the Gadsden flag and a patriotic balloon display, Rep. Dave Williams (R-Colorado Springs), Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Canon City), Todd Watkins, and Peter Lupia indulged in conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election, George Soros, and the Canadian Trucker Convoy during a candidate forum moderated by El Paso County GOP Chair Vickie Tonkins Friday night in Peyton, northeast of Colorado Springs.