DENVER — LGBT activists in Colorado have health care, workplace and gay youth issues on their list next according to an article this week in the Denver Post.
A study from the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved said LGBT residents account for about 2.6 percent of the state’s population (about 135,000 people) and are twice as likely as straights to earn less than $35,000 per year and are twice as likely to be unemployed. Gay activist group One Colorado surveyed 1,300 LGBT state residents and found that 15.8 percent were uninsured compared with 14 percent of the overall population while 27 percent of trans residents were uninsured, the Post reported.
One Colorado is working with the Colorado Medical Society and the Denver Medical Society to survey doctors on their attitudes toward treating LGBT patients, the Post reported. Later this year, the three groups will develop better training for medical professionals, which they hope will be duplicated nationwide. The national Gay and Lesbian Medical Association will hear about the plan during its annual conference in Denver in September.
A Civil Unions law extending to same-sex couples many of the same rights and obligations of opposite-se married couples went into effect in May of this year.