Colorado Springs voters who are concerned that Rep. Dave Williams’ (R-CO Springs) primary defeat against U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) might mean that there won’t be anyone in Denver to introduce dead on arrival bills about abortion, transgender people, or public education can rest easy. Scott Bottoms, the Republican candidate for Williams’ district, has got them covered.
Antagonism toward transgender people was on full display at Saturday’s “Red Wave” party in Colorado Springs, where nearly all of El Paso County’s Republican elected officials and candidates gathered to listen to former collegiate swimmer Riley Gaines and to launch a political group aimed at restricting the participation of transgender people in sports, education, and public life.
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.
After concerns were raised during a Feb. 22 Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Board of Education meeting regarding an anti-transgender proclamation issued by Monument Academy, district leadership issued a statement condemning the proclamation.
A proclamation targeting transgender students and Colorado’s public accommodations and non-discrimination laws, approved by the board of Monument Academy drew criticism from parents, students, and staff members of the district during a Board of Education meeting yesterday.