Inside Out resumes in-person services, starting June 11

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring of 2020, Inside Out Youth Services, which supports LGBTQ+ young people in the Pikes Peak region, moved its programming online. This shift enabled the organization to ensure there was no gap in services for this critically underserved population. 

Now, Inside Out is delighted to announce the return of limited in-person programming, with full COVID-19 precautions.

Drop-in hours at the Inside Out center (223 N. Wahsatch Ave.) will be hosted June 11, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Young people are invited to drop in for Queer Prom preparations, including a hair and makeup tutorial and an opportunity to pick up gender-affirming prom clothes at our free clothing closet.

Queer Prom will be held at Hillside Community Center June 18. Tickets are sold out for the in-person event.

Regular in-person programming resumes every Friday and Tuesday at Inside Out starting June 25. Mondays and Thursdays will remain virtual, and Tuesdays and Fridays will be in-person, with no drop-in on Wednesdays. 

“We found a great deal of success moving programming to our Discord server in 2020, reaching more LGBTQ+ young people this past year than ever,” says Inside Out’s Communications Manager Alissa Smith (they/she). “But there is no substitute for in-person connection, and some young people can’t join us online. We’ll be moving forward with a hybrid model so youth can interact with our programming in multiple ways, ensuring the widest possible accessibility to our critical services.”

Masks will be required in the space and at Queer Prom, and other COVID precautions such as social distancing and regular sanitation of common surfaces will be observed. In May, Inside Out hosted two vaccine equity clinics to serve its young people, and the LGBTQ+ and allied community of Colorado Springs.