We affirm everyone’s right to love whomever they love, and to make schools safe for all identities, especially LGBTQ youth.
We’ll be updating this page soon with more resources and information on organizations that serve LGBTQ+ youth and the important work they are doing.
Organizations Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Colorado
Beyond supports LGBTQ+ people through their coming out process, especially when coming from a conservative faith community. With compassion that comes from experience, its founder Amber Cantorna strives to help other LGBTQ+ people reconcile their faith with their sexuality. She also desires to create conversations for change among the families, friends, and loved ones of LGBTQ+ people in order to guide them towards a place of full acceptance and inclusion.
The GLBT Community Center of Colorado has grown to become the largest community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination.
The Center provides LGBTQ+ youth with a safe and brave space with Rainbow Alley, with youth-led events, counseling, support groups, health services and life skills.
One Colorado is the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. The organization also maintains a Gay-Straight Alliance Network to help teens and teachers from GSAs across the state connect and network with one another.
YCD Workshops for LGBTQ+ Youth
Below is a sampling of workshops YCD has offered at prior conferences and events for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies. Click on any workshop title to read more about the session, the presenter, and reviews from our participants.
Nadine Bridges and Hope Anderson of Rainbow Alley at The GLBT Community Center of Colorado, will share resources that are available to youth in Colorado. This session will be an informal discussion which will support LGBTQ youth. Allies are welcome to attend, to support, and learn with their LGBTQ peers. No questions will be turned down, all questions are encouraged. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” ― Audre Lorde
In this workshop lawyers will lead an interactive session on Colorado’s Hate Crimes Statute. The lawyers will present a case involving criminal hate crimes. At the conclusion of the trial, small discussion groups of students will become “juries” to discuss the issues presented and, with the assistance of an adult facilitator, reach a verdict. The group will also discuss diversity in their community and the value of preventing the spread of racial slurs and hateful actions.
YCD and the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado presented a workshop exploring the intersection of religion, family and sexuality. We heard from author Amber Cantorna, the daughter of an executive at Focus on the Family and who came out as a lesbian at age 27, about her experience reconciling her sexuality and spirituality, and then had a dynamic group discussion through Q&A.
What is “locker room talk”? How can we create a positive culture in the locker room and athletics more broadly for everyone?
Topics will include the importance of language, casual homophobia, bullying, privacy, etc. Students will be provided a toolkit to become ambassadors for a healthy environment in this susceptible school space.