Here, LGBTQ+ youth thrive.

Why it Matters


About 9 out of every 10 LGBTQ+ youth report experiencing bias-based bullying or harassment


Transgender youth are more than 5 times more likely to contemplate, attempt, or complete suicide than their peers 


Of Inside Out youth are currently experiencing homelessness

Governor Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis speak to Inside Out’s mission and impact.


Inside Out helps me express thoughts and feelings I am unable to express at home or anywhere else.
- L., Age 13

IOYS is the one place where we can see others who have felt the same and experience the freedom of being together.
- Skye, Age 19

Inside Out gives kids a place in the community to be themselves without being in the closet.
- Riley, Age 15

Inside Out is a safe haven for people that need it. It’s a place for people to meet friends and have someone to tell them who they are isn’t wrong.
- Charlie, Age 19

What I would say to someone who is questioning is that you just have to go with what feels right to you and you don’t have to identify with a label or knowing right away who you are. Just be you and do what makes you happy.
- Chris, Age 16

Compilation of clips from the IOYS community for Ally Up 2020

Aero, 15 (they/he) speaks about Inside Out

Impact by the numbers

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Visits by 249 unique youth to our programs in 2020, including our in-person & digital programs.

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Unique individuals served by our COVID-19 Direct Aid fund, receiving grocery deliveries, housing assistance, and medical support

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Of Inside Out participants surveyed reported positive effects of our programs and services, including healthier relationships, stress management, and reduced usage of tobacco and other substances

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community members trained by IOYS on how to provide safe space and talk to young people about topics like sexuality, marijuana, and depression. One trusted adult in a young person’s life can reduce their risk of suicide by 40%

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therapy sessions provided in 2020. Therapy sessions are free for our youth to ensure they get access to the resources they need.

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people reached through outreach programs about LGBTQ+ youth, including Medicaid providers, police officers, clinicians, teachers, students, parents, educators, and lawmakers

Want to learn more?

Download our 2020 annual report which shares our impact in detail and provides more about our youth and our supporters.

Read our most recent tax audit.

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