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For youth – the facts

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Mental Health

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LGBTQIA2S+ youth are more than four times as likely as their peers to attempt suicide.

LGBTQIA2S+ youth are not inherently more likely to attempt suicide because of their identity. Queer youth who have a high level of social support from friends, family, and positive accepting adults in their lives are significantly less likely to attempt suicide. – the Trevor Project

If you or someone you know is suicidal

Education

85%

85% of local LGBTQIA2S+ people in the Yampa Valley learn about sexual health and safety in queer relationships from the internet and social media.

88% of local queer folks learn about their own and other identities from other LGBTQA2S+ people in their lives. – 2022 survey and roundtable

You can speak anonymously and confidentially with a trained advocate from Advocates of Routt County about your relationship or an unwanted sexual experience at this number: 970-879-8888

Safety

52%

52% of LGBTQIA2S+ youth who considered dropping out of school reported a hostile school climate as their reason

Connections between LGBTQIA2S+ peers through GSA’s and inclusive extracurricular activities not only make queer people feel safer, but they can also impact the culture so that homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic harassment and bullying is less accepted. -GLSEN

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Queer Futures partners with an Arizona-based organization called one n ten, which “is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving and assisting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 14 to 24, from weekly discussion groups to fun, social networking events.” Among their incredible work, one n ten facilitates pop-up youth programs in underserved communities across Arizona. One n ten has kindly lent Queer Futures their expertise in best practices for LGBTQ+ youth programs to help us launch ours.

Drop-in hours

  • Come hang out with us! Do your homework, read books, play video games, meet new people, play a board game, do crafts, watch a movie- this is a safe and sober space to be a queer kid.
  • Some days, drop-in hours are youth only. Some days, all ages are welcome, and sometimes drop-in hours are just for adults. Be sure to check the calendar before you drop by!

One-on-one support

  • Talk through a problem you’re having with a trusted adult.
  • Get support from other LGBTQIA2S+ people with identity-specific stuff like coming out to family, legal transition, etc.
  • Get assistance with affirming healthcare and/or mental healthcare.
  • Learn about community resources.
  • Text 970-430-8939 or email chelsie@queerfuturesco.org to set up an appointment.
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Programs

Support groups & meetups

A safe space to get real. Support groups and meetups rotate based on interest and need.

Queer Joy

Activities and events purely for meeting new people, making friends, and having fun.

Wellness Workshops

A series of workshops focused on mental health, sexual health, and other important topics around wellness.

Banned Books Club

This group chooses a banned book to read together and meets twice a month to discuss it.

Queer Community Choir

The choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 5:30-7pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in preparation for a performance at the Yampa Valley Pride festival on June 1st, 2024. 

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For adults – the facts

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Mental Health

42%

Just 42.0% of LGBTQ+ Coloradans reported having good mental health, compared to 74.8% of heterosexual, cisgender Colorado adults. -Colorado Health Institute

Research shows that belonging is an important resilience factor for adversity and trauma. “Individuals develop a sense of belonging when they feel connected to other people, especially those who share their distinct life experiences, interests, or goals.” -Stanford University Belonging Project

If you or your child is suicidal

Substance Use

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LGBTQIA2S+ individuals are twice as likely as straight and cisgender folks to have misused opioids in the past year.

LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, and especially bisexual people, are more likely to use tobacco products than straight and cisgender people. –SAMHSA

Queer Futures is working with local substance use programs to make support more welcoming and accessible to the LGBTQIA2S+ community. In memory of Connor Bomberg, substance use programs can use the resource center facility for free.

Relationships

At Risk

Bisexual and transgender people in particular are at extraordinarily high risk for intimate partner and sexual violence. – Center for Disease Control

Queer Futures works in close collaboration with Advocates of Routt County and even co-facilitates a support group for LGBTQIA2S+ survivors of intimate partner violence.

You can speak anonymously and confidentially with a trained advocate from Advocates of Routt County about your relationship or an unwanted sexual experience at this number: 970-879-8888

Queer Futures works with Comma Projects to bring consent workshops and other valuable presentations to the center.

Sexual Health

Myth

It is a myth that LGBTQIA2S+ folks are at higher risk for sexually transmitted infections, however folks are often under-educated about how to have safe sex in queer relationships. -Planned Parenthood

Access to candid and accurate information as well as access to resource such as routine HIV testing, condoms, dental dams, and more, can reduce the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection. -Planned Parenthood

Drop-in hours

  • Come hang out with us! Do your homework, read books, play video games, meet new people, play a board game, do crafts, watch a movie- this is a safe and sober space to be queer.
  • Some days, drop-in hours are for youth only. Some days, all ages are welcome, and sometimes drop-in hours are just for adults. Be sure to check the calendar before you drop by! (link to calendar)

One-on-one support

  • Talk through a problem you’re having with a peer.
  • Get support from other LGBTQIA2S+ people with identity-specific stuff like coming out to family, legal transition, etc.
  • Get assistance with affirming healthcare and/or mental healthcare.
  • Learn about community resources.
  • Text 970-430-8939 or email chelsie@queerfuturesco.org to set up an appointment.
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Programs

Support Groups

Support groups change and rotate based on interest and need.

 

Queer Joy

Activities and events purely for meeting new people, making friends, and having fun.

 

Wellness Workshops

A series of workshops and events focused on mental health, sexual health, and other important topics around wellness.

Queer Community Choir

The choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 5:30-7pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in preparation for a performance at the Yampa Valley Pride festival on June 1st, 2024. 

Sign up!

Supportive adults – the facts

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Pronouns

40%

In a recent survey, the Trevor Project found that “fewer than 40% of LGBTQIA+ young people found their home to be gender affirming.

Transgender and nonbinary young people who reported that all of the people they live with respect their pronouns reported lower rates of suicide.” -Trevor project

Substance Use

41%

 

41% of LGBTQIA2S+ young people seriously considered suicide in past year.” -Trevor Project

82% of LGBTQIA2S+ youth report wanting the people in their lives to have more information about how to be supportive and accepting. You are here taking that step! -Trevor project

If you or your child is suicidal

Programs

One-on-one support

  • Talk through a problem you’re having with your child.
  • Get your questions answered about your child’s identity and the language they’re using to describe themselves.
  • Assistance with finding a healthcare and/or mental healthcare provider for your LGBTQIA2S+ child.
  • Learn about community resources.
  • Text 970-430-8939 or email chelsie@queerfuturesco.org to set up an appointment.

Support groups & workshops

Support groups rotate and change based on interest. Workshops include topics like how to have an inclusive sex talk with your child, understanding their rights under title IX, etc. See the [calendar of events] to learn what workshops and groups are coming up.

TEA Talk

A group run by and for parents of trans and gender expansive youth