By Robin Kniech
There’s big news in Denver. I’ve been supporting the LGBTQ Commission in bringing forward a ban on the discredited practice of trying to “convert” queer and trans youth in Denver, and Wednesday it unanimously passed out of committee. Pending passage by the full Council in January, Denver would join more than 40 local governments in banning so-called conversion therapy, which has been rejected by every medical and psychiatric association across the nation as harmful. And we’ll hopefully be paving the way for the State of Colorado to protect communities across the state. But something shocking also happened at the hearing. One of my opponents in the at-large race, Jesse Parris, testified in vociferous opposition to the ban.
You don’t have to be queer to support common sense policies like banning conversion therapy, but I can speak with firsthand experience about the importance of love and support when a young person comes out, along with the dangers of shame and rejection. And to hear an opponent suggest that the LGBTQ community was pushing an agenda on kids and that this dangerous practice should be up to parents made it clearer than ever that May’s election matters for our community.
I’m proud to have support from community members of all backgrounds and incomes, from every corner of our City. But today, I really wanted to reach out to this community and ask for your help spreading the word about this race.