On Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), we honor the memory of those lives tragically lost to anti-transgender violence. Sadly, this day is needed more than ever, as anti-LGBTQ hate crimes increased 3% last year.
Protecting the LGBTQ community has long been an issue that I’ve continued to focus on since my days in the state legislature. I inherited this sense of justice toward discriminated peoples from my father, Penfield Tate II, who was able to get approval for one of the first ordinances protecting the LGBTQ community from discrimination in the City of Boulder. To my allies in the LGBTQ community, I wish you peace on this solemn day.
I also want to congratulate Brianna Titone, who became the first openly transgender member of the Colorado State House. Briana fought a tough battle and was able to win a traditionally Republican-held district by directly engaging her constituents and showing what it means to be a legislator for the people. We should all be proud for Brianna’s win, as it shows that we’re moving in the right direction.