Out Boulder County

The vision of Out Boulder County is that Boulder County serves as a model of equality, respect, and well-being for LGBTQ people. Our mission is to educate, advocate and provide services, programs and support for Boulder County's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.

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General Programs

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

In order to achieve equality, respect, and well-being for LGBTQ people in Boulder County, Out Boulder County strives to:
Foster safe environments for the LGBTQ community for gathering, support, self-expression, and the exchange of ideas;
Advocate for social justice by building collaborative relationships within the community at large;
Celebrate the uniqueness, diversity, and contributions of our community;
Provide direct services for both youth and adults;
Educate the public and the LGBTQ community about the issues and concerns impacting our lives.

Our programming includes training on LGBTQ+ identities and concepts for local organizations, over 20 social and support groups for adults and youth, and educational & social events for LGBTQ community members, our allies, and people interested in learning more. We have a Speaking Out panel program which feature volunteer speakers sharing their stories primarily in middle and high school classes, but also for government agencies and other interested organizations.

Our Transgender program includes the Transgender Steering Committee which advises the organization on needs and priorities to best serve the transgender community. We offer a full Trans Awareness Week of community events leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance every November, including a trans-only TransGiving dinner. Other annual events include the Trans Day of Celebration brunch and a summer picnic for trans folks, their partners, friends, family, and allies. We also offer periodic Trans Panels in which transgender community members share their stories and answer questions so that our greater community can have insight into and learn more about their experiences.

Out Boulder County has also expanding its programming by offering a Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) Leadership Summit that is taking place over 2018. Out of this program, we are forming a QTPOC Steering Committee to ensure sustained programming and visioning specifically for LGBTQ people of color. Along with this, we are also developing programming specifically for LGBTQ youth of color that is being led by adult QTPOC to ensure that these youth have positive role models.

We are also in the initial stages of developing programming for LGBTQ people 50 years old and up. We are starting with focus groups that will guide and direct the development of relevant programming for older adults.

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Advocacy

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

General population
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

Out Boulder County's advocacy program responds to community crises, as well as organizing for long-term mobilization. We build coalitions with other progressive organizations and groups working on social justice issues in Boulder County, including voter registration efforts. We are involved in community efforts that affect the LGBTQ community and serve as a strong voice for our community. We serve on relevant coalitions and committees in the region to ensure LGBTQ inclusion.
We also serve as advocates for LGBTQ community members and families as needed.

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Education and Training

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

General population
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

We offer training on the current best practices for supporting LGBTQ people in schools, workplaces, and families. We educate attendees about different aspects of identity, including sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Attendees do not need to have any prior knowledge of LGBTQ issues to attend. These sessions prepare businesses, schools, and organizations to serve transgender clients/patrons, support transgender employees, and be up to date on providing services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people. This training is tailored to speak to specific scenarios, settings, and audiences. We also offer an initial review of intake paperwork for organizations that receive trainings.

We offer this training in both English and Spanish.
Attendees appreciate the accessible, engaging, and disarming presentation style that encourages questions, and emphasizes practical tips and overarching "take home messages".

In 2017, we lead 37 trainings on and about LGBTQ issues and language, reaching 844 individuals. During January-June 2018, we have already lead 29 trainings, reaching 782 individuals.

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Events

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Gays/Lesbians
At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities

Description

Each year Out Boulder County produces 2 separate Pride celebrations: Longmont and Boulder. These festivals bring together thousands of individuals and businesses to celebrate the LGBTQ community and strengthen us as we move forward toward full inclusion in society.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This past June over 2,000 people gathered in Longmont for Pride which was double the number who attended in the previous year. Additionally, we programmed an entire week's worth of events leading up to the festival itself.

Boulder Pridefest grows each year and we anticipate that happening again in 2017.

Transgender Programs

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Out Boulder County provides support groups in Boulder and Longmont for Transgender, GenderQueer, GenderFluid and NonBinary community members. We serve over 30 people a week through these two groups. Additionally, we have social programming that includes a pool party and a barbecue.

There is a Trans Steering Committee that is responsible with staff support for planning and presenting Trans Awareness Week each November, Trans Employment Clinics and other programming.

Out Boulder County manages a page on our website for transgender medical services in Boulder County.

We have a 13 to 18 trans support group that meets twice a month.

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Evidence of Program's Success

On more than more than one occasion a member of our community has let us know in words that our programming has "saved my life".

Speaking Out

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Gays/Lesbians
General Public/Unspecified
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Speaking Out is an all-volunteer Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) and Allied educational speakers' bureau that conducts approximately 60 community speaking engagements annually in local middle schools, high schools, college classrooms, businesses, organizations, and community groups.

By utilizing storytelling and personal connections, Speaking Out's mission is to cultivate awareness and understanding of LGBTQ lives and experiences.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Long term success for this program is the complete acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and young adults in Boulder County. Indicators would be a decrease in the higher levels of risk shown by LGBT youth in the Boulder County Youth Risk Behavior Survey as well as lower and then no reports of increased harassment by other students.

OUT Youth

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

Youth Program: For LGBTQ youth and allies, age 13 - 18. We offer weekly and bi-weekly groups, as well as special events, like LGBTQQ and Allies Youth. Examples of groups include: Trans and Gender Expansive Youth Group, Art and Activism, Longmont LGBTQ Youth Group. In 2017, 243 youth attended one of these groups and/or activities.

Based on the "best practices" resiliency model, the goal of Out Boulder County's youth programming is to help youth thrive and flourish in their personal lives, and in the broader community, now and in the future. OUT Youth offers opportunities for leadership, social justice education and advocacy, volunteerism, social events, and special projects.

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Out Youth graduates will see their experiences as strength in their personal development.

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