Colorado's statehouse Democrats have published an open letter slamming a robocall sent out to voters in House District 27 that includes transphobic attacks on Representative Brianna Titone, who is …
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Colorado’s statehouse Democrats have published an open letter slamming a robocall sent out to voters in House District 27 that includes transphobic attacks on Representative Brianna Titone, who is transgender.
In the call, a recording of which the Democrats’ House Majority Project sent to Colorado Community Media, Republican Representative Stephen Humphrey states that Titone is “a transsexual state representative who wants to force a radical sexual agenda on every Coloradoan.”
Humphrey goes on to claim Titone supports policies allowing “biological men who identify as female” to use women’s bathrooms and “taxpayer funded sex change treatments for children even before puberty.” The ad does not provide evidence for those claims.
One bill that Titone did introduce and champion relating to LGBTQ issues is a bill taking away “gay panic” as a defense against assaulting a gay or transgender person. That bill was passed 63-1 (with Humphrey voting for it) and signed by Jared Polis this year.
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The robocall was paid for by the Colorado Family Values Victory Fund, an independent expenditure committee out of Greeley. The CFV Victory Fund had spent $4,625 on campaigns during the current two-year election cycle as of Oct. 19, according to Colorado’s TRACER campaign finance disclosure system.
The CFV Victory Fund describes its purpose on TRACER as being to “fight for Orthodox Christian truth/family values concerning all facets of human sexuality, marriage, family life by means of public discourse, political issue advocacy and support and opposition of candidates and ballot measures.” Humphrey, who represents a district that includes a mostly rural portion of western Weld County, is listed as the group’s registered agent on Tracer.
The letter, which is signed by 40 Democrat representatives and 10 Democratic candidates, describes the robocall as “nothing more than transphobic garbage that propagates debunked and dangerous myths and creates more hatred and animosity toward those just trying to live their authentic lives.”
“We hope to see Republican legislators and candidates join our condemnation of these attacks,oppose anti-LGBTQ policies,and standup as LGBTQ allies,” it states. “We, the Colorado House Democrats, stand with Rep. Titone and every member of the LGBTQ community who feels threatened by this rhetoric and the potential violence it incites.”
Titone also offered the following comment to Colorado Community Media, via email:
“The issue from our perspective isn’t disproving completely unsubstantiated and false myths about a community that is already under attack. There is plenty of evidence that the claims made in the voicemail are false, and regardless of any semantic discussions, they are irrelevant to this race.”
“My priorities in office are the priorities of my constituents, and I have proven time and time again that I will act on their behalf. We believe this race should be run on the issues. The proof of that can clearly be seen in the campaign we’ve run, and in my legislative record.”
Humphrey has not responded to calls seeking comment from Colorado Community Media.
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