A transgender teen helped pass a new birth certificate law. She’s now the first in Colorado to benefit from it.

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12/02/2020

Jude spent so many years fighting for the bill to allow transgender Coloradans to more easily change their names and gender designations on identity documents that, eventually, they named the thing after her. That bill became a law in 2019 — “Jude’s Law” — and went into effect Wednesday. And early Thursday morning, Jude, 13, rode with her mom and sister from Boulder County to the state health department building in Denver, where Jude became the first person in Colorado to benefit from the law that bears her name. “Boom,” she said as she ripped her old birth certificate in half, before ripping it a few more times for good measure.

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