Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado

The Center was founded in 1976 as the first gay advocacy organization in Denver and over the past 40 years has grown to be the largest community center of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region. The Center is the LGBT community's hub for information, social activities, support, and advocacy.

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LGBT Family Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Families
Gays/Lesbians
Single Parents

Description

The Center's Family Program provides a safe, welcoming way for LGBT families to meet and have fun together. We focus on free and low-cost activities for families with children under 12.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The LGBT Family Program hosted 6 events in 2015, connecting families to safe, low-cost, cultural activities. More than 100 participants enjoyed The Center's LGBT WinterFest.

Transgender Program

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Description

The Center provides programming, support and services tailored for Colorado's transgender community. These include weekly social and support programs, a transgender speakers bureau, and ongoing educational and networking sessions throughout the year.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2015, 1,089 people were served through The Center's Transgender Program.

Training and Legal

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Gays/Lesbians
People With AIDS (pwas)

Description

Founded in 1992 to oppose the anti-gay Colorado constitutional Amendment 2, the Legal & Advocacy program began as the Colorado Legal Initiatives Project (CLIP). CLIP filed the historic U.S. Supreme Court case of Romer v. Evans, 517 U.S. 620 (1996) which successfully argued that Amendment 2 and its attempt to preclude all legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect LGBT people was unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.

Today, The Center's Legal & Advocacy program is the only legal project in Colorado dedicated solely to the equality and dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. We work to protect and further the legal rights of LGBT Coloradoans through strategic partnerships, educational initiatives, and legal referral services.

The Center's Legal and Advocacy program partners with local and national legislative, social, and legal organizations which advocate on behalf of the LGBT community. Past partners include: One Colorado, Lambda Legal, Anti-Defamation League, American Civil Liberties Union, Colorado Progressive Coalition, Colorado Anti-Violence Program, Gill Action Fund, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation.

When the Colorado's courts and legislature create laws impacting LGBT Coloradans, The Center undertakes the responsibility of educating the community through various campaigns and initiatives which clarify the changing legal landscape. Most recently, The Center highlighted several 2013 legislative changes in the Rights 5 Campaign and the 2014 Colorado marriage equality litigation.

Community members in need of legal services can contact The Center's 24/7 Legal Helpline to obtain direct referrals to Colorado attorneys knowledgeable of and sensitive to LGBT legal issues. The Legal Helpline facilitates over 400 inquiries each year and ensures that our community members have a simple and effective pipeline to LGBT friendly attorneys in Colorado.

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Evidence of Program's Success

More than 50 attorneys take part in The Center's Legal referral network. More than 350 referrals are made each year. The Center trains more than 25 businesses/organizations each year on inclusivity and helps employers create LGBT-inclusive policies.

SAGE of the Rockies

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Gays/Lesbians

Description

In 2009, The Center became an affiliate of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), the nation's oldest and largest organization dedicated to the older members of the LGBT community, and our program was officially named SAGE of the Rockies. SAGE of the Rockies helps LGBT elders overcome social isolation and maintain their independence by providing access to social and recreational activities and community resources in a safe and friendly environment.

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Evidence of Program's Success

3,086 seniors participated in SAGE wellness activities in 2015, including yoga and walking. More than 100 seniors attend the SAGE Telling Our Story writer's group and Open Art Studio each month.

Youth Services

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Gays/Lesbians
Homeless
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Rainbow Alley's drop-in center opened in 1998 as a safe space for LGBT and questioning youth ages 12 to 21. Today, Rainbow Alley provides health services, counseling and referral, youth-lead events and activities, and resources for more than 800 youth and their families each year.

Rainbow Alley offers support for LGBT youth, helping them to overcome the social and emotional barriers that can prevent them from having positive life experiences. Through Rainbow Alley's open and accepting environment, LGBT 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 more likely to build the confidence and self-esteem necessary to make a difference in their own lives and in their community.

Current Rainbow Alley programs include:

-Voz Y Corazon is a suicide prevention and self-empowerment program offered in collaboration with the Mental Health Center of Denver that utilizes art as a medium for self-expression.

-True Colors is a PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) affiliated support program that fosters positive relationships between LGBTQ youth (age 10-16) and their parents by providing structured activities and group facilitation to help both parties navigate the difficult topics of sexuality and gender identity.

-Dinner & a Movie is a social gathering for all youth but specifically geared toward providing a safe place off the streets where homeless youth can receive a hot meal.

-Stepping Out provides academic encouragement, career guidance, and hands-on learning experiences to LGBTQ youth (age 14-21) through an annual Summer Academy. The Stepping Out Summer Academy is a two-week (60 hour) intensive workshop that offers career exploration activities to help youth to identify their own interests and skills and relate those interests to potential careers. During the Academy, youth tour local academic institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations to get a firsthand look at the types of careers available to them and the requirements for pursuing those careers.

-Gender Queeries offers weekly support, education and information for youth who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming. The core curriculum of this program centers on the portrayal of gender in mainstream society and media, as well as the struggles that youth face when held to the standard of traditional gender roles. Participants are involved in group discussions, support groups, and individual counseling sessions.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Rainbow Alley works with young people facing serious life issues and we have success stories to show. The Center utilizes a survey conducted annually to measure behaviors and attitudes of the youth who attend the drop-in center andor access the services and programs. According to the annual survey of youth taking part in Rainbow Alley, 63% have better relationships with adults, 68% have better relationships with their peers, 51% have better relationships with their family, 78% feel part of a supportive community and 68% say they feel more hopeful about their future.

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