Legal Resources

A listing of GLB and Transgender legal resources both local and national. 

The Center’s Legal & Advocacy Program

Formerly known as The Center's Legal Initiatives Project (CLIP), is the legal outreach program of The Center. The Center's Legal and Advocacy Program has worked to advance LGBT rights in Colorado by lobbying the legislature for laws that protect and enhance the lives of LGBT Coloradans. In 2009, the Colorado legislature passed a Designated Beneficiaries law that allows LGBT people to make their partner the beneficiary of insurance, inheritance, hospital visitations, adoptions, and other important matters. They are the go to source for GLBT legal assistance questions in Colorado.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute

A non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.  Located in San Francisco they work Nationally.

LGBT Equality Maps

Equality Maps provide quick and easy summaries of laws that affect LGBT Americans on a state-by-state and issue-by-issue basis. The maps present information on laws in areas from employment discrimination and relationship recognition to hate crimes protections and anti-bullying laws.

Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Our legal and educational work touches nearly every aspect of our lives. We win legal victories for clients who seek equality on the job, protection for their parenting or relationship rights, equal access to health care or protection against discrimination because of HIV status, sexual orientation or gender identity. We also represent clients in cases involving immigration, military service, the rights of students in school and the rights of LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care. We support our work in the courts with high-impact public education campaigns to change the hearts and minds of people across the country.

Use the link at the top of Lamba Legal's webpage, In Your State, to discover legal protections in the state of Colorado.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming.


The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

The LGBT Project works for an America free of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This means an America where LGBT people can live openly, where our identities, relationships and families are respected, and where there is fair treatment on the job, in schools, housing, public places, health care, and government programs.

TransLegal History

Katrina Rose has divided up the U.S. transgender legal history resources by state. Within each state's section, one will find state statutory, judicial and administrative law as well as local law. Additionally, within each section she has tried to include all pertinent federal district and circuit court references. Double-check, however, by going to the U.S. Federal section, which will include court cases by circuit as well as Supreme Court, statutory, administrative and other law.

Understand that many states do not cover transgender specifically, but they are included under sexual orientation or other wording.  While this may not be the desired situation, transgender have rights just as any other does.

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

OutServe – Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)

OutServe is for Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Veterans & Families.  OutServe has an active local Colorado-Wyoming chapter.  They provide free legal counseling to service members with legal issues stemming from discrimination based on one's perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender presentation, the regulations governing military service by HIV+ people, the regulations addressing military service by transgender persons, and offers assistance to veterans seeking to upgrade or correct their discharge paperwork.

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