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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado

Founded in 1976, The Center on Colfax is the LGBTQ community's hub for information, resources, social activities, support, and advocacy. Our focus is on ensuring that every member of the LGBTQ community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

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Denver Pride

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Families
Gays/Lesbians
General population

Description

Denver Pride honors the activism and achievements of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender diverse communities.

Denver PrideFest is a two-day weekend festival that draws visitors from throughout the state of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Saturday kicks off with the annual PRIDE 5K and continues with high-energy entertainment on three stages. The festival includes over 250 exhibitors and 20 food vendors all weekend. The centerpiece of the festival is the Coors Light PrideFest Parade on Sunday morning. As the parade marches down Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park, thousands of spectators cheer on the floats and marchers, making Denver PrideFest one of the most popular annual festivals in Colorado.

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Evidence of Program's Success

An estimated 425,000 people attended the Denver PrideFest festival and CoorsLight PrideFest Parade last year. 43,600 visitors stay in Denver specifically for Denver Pride. The annual economic impact of Denver Pride on the city is $23.5 million, and the direct economic impact from the weekend is $15.5 million. Denver PrideFest generates over $1.2 million in sales tax for the City and County of Denver.

Transgender Program

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Description

The Center provides a host of programs and services tailored for Colorado's transgender and gender diverse community. These include weekly social and support programs for adults and youth, including engaging events, such as the "Being Your Fabulous Self" health and beauty series and Clothing Swaps.

Creating a more affirming, and inclusive world for transgender individuals beyond the walls of The Center is also an important component of the program. Community outreach and training efforts in schools, businesses, and government entities educate decision makers about how to create welcoming, safe spaces for transgender and gender diverse individuals. Similarly, The Center works with experts to develop and host regular trainings for people working in the mental health and residential healthcare fields, such as "The LGBTQ-Affirming Therapist" and "Long-Term Care for Transgender Older Adults," to ensure our transgender and gender diverse community members receive competent care.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2018, more than a thousand transgender and gender diverse community members accessed the programs and services provided by The Center's Transgender Program. 100% of professional development training recipients said the information was extremely useful to their current positions and that they would recommend the trainings to others.

RANGE Consulting

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Gays/Lesbians
At-Risk Populations
General population

Description

RANGE Consulting (RANGE) works with organizations across the state to incorporate LGBTQ inclusion into every aspect of their business and strategic plans. RANGE works with every size organization and every level of management to build inclusive policies and systems, solve common LGBTQ related workplace issues, and maintain legal compliance.

Training: RANGE Consulting provides educational seminars at your location, customized to align with your company's policies and culture. Content will cover conceptual, legal and operational framework in a judgment-free setting. Attendees will learn about EEOC/Compliance, topics related to the LGBTQ community, including leadership support for employees transitioning gender on the job.

Consulting: RANGE Consulting develops customized, hands-on implementation program for your organization. They will work with an organizational leader on your team to address areas of concern, review policies, engage with members of the overall team, and propose strategies for moving forward.

Assessment & Metrics: RANGE Consulting works closely with organizations to assess organizational strengths and vulnerabilities pertaining to inclusivity. Additionally, they can analyze any single inclusion metric, such as diversity, equity, or retention.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Former client quote: "Our organization received a deeper level of understanding about transgender issues and the transition process."

Former client quote: "I cannot tell you how many times staff said this was some the best training ever."

Former client quote: "This training is an ethical imperative for healthcare agencies to ensure providers are well prepared to serve all persons."

SAGE of the Rockies

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Gays/Lesbians

Description

The Center's SAGE of the Rockies program is an affiliate of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) USA, the nation's oldest and largest organization dedicated to the older adults in the LGBTQ community. SAGE of the Rockies helps LGBTQ elders overcome social isolation and maintain their independence by providing access to social activities, wellness offerings, empowering classes, and community resources in a safe and welcoming environment. SAGE of the Rockies offers social outings, storytelling clubs, coffee clutches, learning opportunities, yoga, painting, tax aid, health testing, and professional sensitivity training for nursing homes, to name a few- there's something for everyone to discover in The Center's program for adults 50+.

Additionally, SAGE of the Rockies offers two outreach programs for older adults who experience challenges with health and/or mobility that make it difficult for them to leave home. Its Friendly Visitor and Phone-a-Friend programs provide weekly in-person visits or phone calls to isolated community members, ensuring they stay connected to their support networks.

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Evidence of Program's Success

30% of Center visitors are attending a SAGE activity. 90% of attendees of its Still Cooking class reported they feel more confident measuring ingredients and following a recipe and 86% reported replicating the recipes at home with the no cost ingredients provided. 90% of its professional development training recipients said the information was powerfully informative and vital to the success of their clients in aging communities.

Rainbow Alley Youth Services

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Gays/Lesbians
Homeless
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

Rainbow Alley's is a safe, brave space for LGBTQ youth and their allies (ages 11-21). Rainbow Alley utilizes a positive youth development model to provide youth-lead led events and activities, as well as mental health counseling, health and wellness programs, and resources and referrals for youth (and their families) each year.

Rainbow Alley provides support and strategic programming for LGBTQ youth, helping them to overcome the social and emotional barriers that can prevent them from having positive life experiences. Health and wellness offerings include everything from free mental health counseling and haircuts to nutritious cooking courses and yoga. Emotional support groups, such as True Colors and Gender Queeries, provide youth with space to explore issues related to sexuality and gender identity with concurrent learning opportunities for parents and guardians in support roles.

Additionally, Rainbow Alley facilitates artistic and social events every week that aim to positively engage LGBTQ youth, including drag shows and "Dinner and a Movie" nights that provide meals to homeless youth. And, youth can explore their creative side in various arts programs, like writing, painting, and an innovative collaboration with the Mental Health Center of Denver - Voz y Corazón - a suicide prevention and self-empowerment program.

Each summer, during the annual Stepping Out Summer Academy, LGBTQ youth (14-21) receive academic encouragement, career guidance, and hands-on learning experiences. To help them identify their career interests and skills, youth visit local academic institutions, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to get a firsthand exploration of the types of careers available to them and have meaningful, rewarding interactions with LGBTQ role-models in a variety of fields.

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Evidence of Program's Success

4,416 LGBTQ youth visited Rainbow Alley's open and affirming environment in 2018. Outcomes data shows that youth are more likely to share their thoughts and ask for help with issues, such as bullying, low achievement, dropping out, substance abuse, suicide, and absenteeism. They are also more likely to build the confidence and self-esteem needed to make a difference in their own lives and in their community.

According to the 2018 annual youth survey: 84% have better relationships with their peers, 72% of youth felt optimistic about the future, 60% of youth are now interested in new academic and/or extra-curricular experiences, and 60% say they feel better able to deal with problems.

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