Rep. Brianna Titone was elected on Thursday as the new chair of the Colorado Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, the caucus announced.
Titone, an Arvada Democrat who represents the 27th District, is Colorado’s first openly transgender state lawmaker.
“Our caucus has made great strides for LGBTQ Coloradans in the past few years, banning conversion therapy, updating laws so Coloradans can more easily obtain ID that reflects their true selves, and we’ve pushed back against hateful policies that seek to take our community back,” Titone said, according to a statement. “As Chair of the LGBTQ Caucus, I’ll continue fighting for progress while standing against hatred and bigotry wherever I see it.”
Titone, first elected in 2018, was a notable supporter of the effort to pass a pair of pivotal LGBTQ bills in 2019. One made it easier for a transgender person to change the gender on their birth certificate, and the other banned “gay conversion therapy” for minors.
Titone succeeds Rep. Alex Valdez as chair of the caucus. Valdez is co-chair of the Democratic Latino Caucus.
Besides Titone and Valdez, the Colorado Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, open to members from both the House and Senate, includes:
- Sen. Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City)
- Sen. Sonya Jaquez Lewis (D-Boulder County)
- Sen. Joann Ginal (D-Fort Collins)
- Rep. Daneya Esgar (D-Pueblo)
- Rep. Leslie Herod (D-Denver)
- Rep. David Ortiz (D-Littleton)
The caucus works to expand and protect LGBTQ rights.