Queer Asterisk

A nonprofit organization

$9,181 raised by 58 donors

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$15,000 Goal

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In 2023, over 520 anti-LGBTQ laws were introduced to state legislatures all over the country. Colorado has become a sanctuary state for queer people escaping persecution, and with the rising tide of anti-LGBTQ legislation, we're experiencing an unprecedented mental health crisis. 

Queer Asterisk is dedicated to providing mental health resources to the queer and trans community, regardless of anyone's ability to pay. This Colorado Gives Day, we're calling upon individuals like you to help us continue our crucial work.

We need you now more than ever. Your gift could make the difference between someone struggling in silence and someone finding the supportive care they need. 

Queer Asterisk provides affordable and effective mental health services to 1000 Coloradans each year through a queer and trans lens. Our organization cultivates queer resilience and vitality through direct clinical services, community programs, and educational trainings. We connect clients, therapists, sponsors, and grantors with a network based in the lived queer experience.

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Testimonials

"Receiving therapy/mental health services from Queer Asterisk has been life-changing. From the moment I sent the first email inquiring about services, I felt held and respected by their thoughtful, inclusive staff. In a day and age where fear and intolerance can run rampant, Queer Asterisk is a beacon of hope, showing what the best of humanity has to offer the LGBTQIA+ community."

- WOODZICK

"Queer Asterisk acts as a safe haven for queer and transgender clients and as an educational powerhouse for clinicians looking to improve their cultural competency around gender and sexual diversity. These conversations are important to have if we are to be truly prepared for the future."

- MARC AZOULAY MA, LPC, LAC, CGP
PRESIDENT OF THE FOUR CORNERS GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY SOCIETY

"I can't say enough about Sorin Thomas and Queer Asterisk! Sorin took the time to partner with us and customize the presentation to include our district's protocol and equity framework. The training was professional, interactive, relevant and very well received by our diverse audience."

- RONALD LEE, PSYD
DIRECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH, CHERRY CREEK SCHOOLS

Mission

Queer Asterisk empowers and nurtures the diverse ways of being that queer people embody by providing accessible counseling, education and community programs that uplift queer, trans and gender expansive lives.

Background Statement

Founded in Boulder in 2016 by Naropa University graduates Sorin Thomas and Brett Adamek, Queer Asterisk is a team of queer and trans therapists and educators serving the LGBTQ+ communities. Education regarding the needs of this community is not typically included in the training medical professionals, creating a lack of access to LGBTQ+ aware/competent mental/behavioral health care. Queer Asterisk eliminates the fears that our community often face in seeking care by providing a safe space and affirmation of gender identity and sexuality. Additionally, our community groups provide space for folks who feel isolated to build connections within the community. As a nonprofit with revenues generated through clients covered by insurance or able to pay out of pocket, we can provide reduced and no cost services to community members without access to paid services. Despite gains around accessibility and informed care, the need for affordable care remains higher than our capacity to provide it.

Read our annual report here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tUJVGVxHfxMmyhxnXH44MEMscftMd5PD/view

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Queer Asterisk

Year Established

2016

Category

Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Organization Size

Large Organization

Address

1575 Franklin
Denver, CO 80218

Service areas

Boulder County, CO, US

Denver, CO, US

Adams County, CO, US

Jefferson County, CO, US

Broomfield, CO, US

Phone

720-507-6161

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