Exterior of The Center with a blue sky in the background

Area Resources for LGBTQ+ Youth

Choir Boy. Sketch of Pharus tilting his head upward, singing passionately, as a tear rolls down his face. Treble clef icon in white at left

Being a teenager is tough. You’re dealing with puberty and hormones; pressure from school, peers and parents, plus self-consciousness exacerbated by social media.

Now, consider being an LGBTQ+ teenager. All of the normal anxiety plus the risk of being marginalized, ostracized or outright unwelcome.

Exactly what Pharus Jonathan Young, the central character in the DCPA Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Choir Boy, is faced with when his leadership of the legendary Charles R. Drew Prep School choir is called into question because of his sexuality.

But for LGBTQ+ teens in our community, this isn’t a play. This is real life and it isn’t always easy.

Fortunately, there are amazing support opportunities right here in our community, most notably The Center on Colfax. Since 1976, The Center has played a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination.

Exterior of The Center with a blue sky in the backgroundAs part of its programming, The Center created Rainbow Alley, a program specifically designed for youth that provides events and activities, counseling and support groups, health services and life skills. As a matter of fact, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is a frequent partner of the Rainbow Alley program including last summer’s original production of One Heart, United, which was written and performed by youth ages 11-21.

Additionally, “Rainbow Alley offers regular group meetings, peer-to-peer connections and drop in space,” according to Rex Fuller, CEO of The Center. The support groups are considerable. Nearly every weekday, groups are gathering to offer support in areas as wide ranging as healing from religious trauma, alcohol abuse and coming out to specific support for Nonbinary individuals, Trans Women and Trans Men.

Rainbow Alley also provides a haven for youth during their summer break. According to Fuller, Summer Academy offers youth the opportunity to meet with LGBTQ professionals for career exploration. Students visit various cultural organizations to explore careers in the arts, hear from area leaders about LGBTQ+ history and participate in visual and performing arts.

The Center also offers an exhaustive resource list of LGBTQ-serving organizations for all ages. From critical resources on finances, housing, mental health and medical needs to fitness, event planning and nightlife, The Center is a life-saving resource for individuals in our community.

Fuller shared a comprehensive list of youth-specific services in our area. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please visit The Center or any of these organizations:

The Alexander Foundation

303.331.7733 • TAF.information@gmail.com

A volunteer organization whose sole focus is to give back to the LGBTQ+ community of Colorado.



Free sexual health information for youth

CO 4 Kids


LGBTQ+ resources to prevent child abuse and neglect and the need for foster and adoptive families.

Denver Health LGBTQ Services

303-602-5699 • LGBTadmin@dhha.org

Medical professionals who provide high quality, welcoming healthcare for all including LGBTQ+ patients.

Denver Element

720.382.5900 •  info@TheDenverElement.org

Programs intended to enrich the world we live in, creating a healthier, more empowered community.

Envision: You


Support, education, and empowerment of Colorado’s LGBTQ+ community who are living with a mental health and/or substance use disorder.

Fortaleza Familiar

Dedicated to the wellness of Indigenous Chicanx Latinx Lesbian Gay Bi Queer Trans Two-Spirit young people and their families in Colorado.

Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center



A safe, non-judgmental, anti-racist, visible space and community for Lesbian, Gay, Two Spirit, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LG2TBQIA+) youth, families and allies in Southwest Colorado.

Inside Out Youth Services


IOYS builds access, equity, and power with LGBTQ+ young people, through leadership, advocacy, community-building, education, and peer support.

Joy as Resistance



Dedicated to promoting the hope and joy of LGBTQIA2+ youth through comprehensive mental health and wellness services.

NXT Queer Youth Program



NXT creates a safe environment for queer and transgender youth to foster healthy relationships, express themselves authentically, develop support systems, build community, and advocate for themselves.




Boulder and Longmont

OASOS stands for Open and Affirming Sexual Orientation and gender identity Support.

One Colorado


The Colorado Gender & Sexuality Alliance Network has developed resources for students leading GSAs across the state.

Out Boulder County Youth Services



Programming that strives to help youth thrive and flourish in their personal lives and in the broader community, now and in the future.

PFLAG Denver



Support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ+; education about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ+, and advocacy to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ+.

Queer Asterisk Therapeutic Services



Queer-informed counseling services, educational trainings, and community programming.

Splash Youth of Northern Colorado


Inclusive Youth Groups, Special Events, Resources, Connections and more.

Transgender Center of the Rockies



Gender-affirming individual and group counseling for trans individuals over 18.

TRUE Center for Gender Diversity



Support along the journey of gender identity or gender expression.



Support of all gender expansive youth through peer support to parents and caregivers and social support for gender-awesome kiddos and their siblings.

Urban Peak


Serving youth experiencing homelessness in Denver and Colorado Springs

We Are Family Foundation

Financial grants and resources for Colorado’s LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Youth Celebrate Diversity



A grassroots movement of students and educators organizing, educating, and taking action for inclusion and social justice.

Youth Seen



Support for the social and emotional well-being of LGBTQI youth and their families in all communities.

Related stories: https://www.denvercenter.org/news-center/one-heart-united-an-original-play-written-by-local-lgbtq-youth/