* Therapist Referrals: Click here to visit a page of referrals, compiled by local gender therapist Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC: “They have each provided me with detailed information about their practice and approach, as well as how much experience they have working with transgender and gender nonconforming clients. I also trust these therapists with the LGBTQ population as well.” Need help from a professional? This might be a great place to start…
* Transformative Freedom Fund: is a Colorado-based nonprofit that supports the authentic selves of transgender Coloradans by removing financial barriers to transition related healthcare
* PFLAG (pronounced “pee-flag”): founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. A great resource for you and your family, especially for family members who don’t yet understand what’s going on with you, or know how to support you. It's also an amazing place to find resources for youth under 13.
Click here for Colorado Springs chapter of PFLAG website. They can be reached at (719) 425-9567, please allow a couple days for them to return your call.
* TYES: TYES (prounounced “ties”) is a Colorado-based, state-wide group supporting all gender expansive children and their families. TYES is dedicated to helping parents support their gender expansive children, and to help families find the information, resources, and the understanding that they need. They can be reached at (719) 291-2507
* Emergency & Crisis Phone Numbers for local and national services and hotlines. If you are thinking about harming yourself, or you feel you are in danger, please reach out to someone! YOU matter!
* GLSEN: GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks. There’s a wealth of positive educational information at this website.
* The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. This website is really directed at youth, and has loads of helpful info!
What is available in the community for young adults who are too old to attend?
As you mature into an amazing young adult, you will age out of Inside/Out’s youth focus. Once you turn 23 if you want to stay involved with Inside/Out, you are encouraged to pursue an internship, which can also be great preparation for a job, or a great project for academic credit, and a valuable resource if you are applying for scholarships. You will be able to apply as a volunteer facilitator at age 25. What to do in the meantime?? There are some links below that we think are great starting points for young adults wishing to stay active and connected in Colorado Springs’ LGBTIQ community.
* The LGBT Resource Center @ MOSAIC is based at UCCS
* Colorado Springs Queer Collective was founded by Inside/Out youths-turned-young adults
* Keep Colorado Springs Queer organizes a monthly Queer Open Mic night of poetry, art, music, and creative goodness
* United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire, the oldest LGBTQ organization in Southern Colorado, conducts charitable and public service projects and events to benefit legitimate charities, and we provide social and charitable activities for the benefit of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.
* Club Q, The Underground, and Zodiac are LGBTIQ-friendly places to go for some night life!
* ONE Colorado is an amazing local LGBTQ advocacy organization that can help with legal questions and needs, job openings, and all manner of concerns!
What other resources are available in the community for youth support?
Inside/Out is the sole LGBTIQ youth services center in Colorado Springs, yet there are other needs we may not be able to fulfill! Here is a list of local and national resources for advocacy, homelessness, and LGBTIQ-friendly churches. Check back as we compile further resources for health, wellness, support, and other services that can enhance your life and build your future.