About the Legal Program

The Center on Colfax's Legal Program is the only legal project in Colorado dedicated solely to the equality and dignity of LGBTQ people. We work to protect and further the legal rights of LGBTQ people living in Colorado through strategic partnerships, educational initiatives, and legal referral services.

Program History

Founded in 1992 to oppose the anti-gay Colorado constitutional Amendment 2, The Center on Colfax's Legal Program began as the Colorado Legal Initiatives Project (CLIP). CLIP filed the historic U.S. Supreme Court case of Romer v. Evans (1996), which successfully argued that Amendment 2 and its attempt to preclude all legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect LGBTQ people was unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.

Strategic Partnerships

The Center on Colfax's Legal Program partners with local and national legislative, social, and legal organizations which advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Past partners include: One Colorado, Lambda Legal, Anti-Defamation League, American Civil Liberties Union, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Colorado Anti-Violence Program, Gill Action Fund, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Legal Resources

Find a LGBTQ-friendly attorney in the Resource Directory, understand the ways in which equal marriage has impacted LGBTQ couples in Colorado, and get support and information around reporting a hate crime.

Transgender Resource Spotlight:

CO Name Change Project

The Colorado Name Change Project has current information and forms on how to update your name and gender marker in the State of Colorado. Volunteers are also available to answer questions submitted through their website.

Transgender Resource Spotlight:

National Center for Transgender Equality

Not born in Colorado? The National Center for Transgender Equality's ID Documents Center is a one-stop hub for information on how to update your name and gender marker in all 50 states. Plus, you can also use their scorecard to see how friendly the driver's license gender change policies are in your state.