Organizations raising awareness on equality issues

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- 'One Colorado' is the leading advocacy organization in the state for advancing equality for the LGBTQ community.

It's one of many organizations looking to engage the community on issues of equality.

Multiple groups were on the Western Slope, hoping to connect with one another and create a stronger support group.

“So this weekend here in Grand Junction there’s a series of events,” said Daniel Ramos, with One Colorado. “Bringing together reproductive rights groups, LGBTQ equality groups, immigrant rights groups.”

It’s all in an effort to get human rights groups advocating for one another, “to make sure we have a cohesive message,” said Ramos.

Saturday, the ACLU held a reproductive rights meeting, making sure all women know their rights.

“We're seeing that access to abortion and the right to reproductive rights attacked on a regular basis," said Denise Maes, with the ACLU.

People were able to watch videos and listen to stories of those who have faced this struggle.

“We're trying to find out is if in this particular part of the state, are women having difficulty accessing really needed reproductive health care,” said Maes.

The groups agree it’s about making sure all women, all people, are treated equally.

“We also have a health care program because we want to make sure LGBTQ Coloradans can access the health care they need," said Ramos.

Despite each group’s specific agenda, the end goal is all the same.

“Continuing to stand up for each other and we're collaborating in ways that none of our community is left behind," said Ramos.

One Colorado is on a statewide tour, visiting 13 cities.

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