Our Programs

Our Mission is to create opportunities for queer people to thrive on the Western Slope.

LBU Programming is designed to help us meet our mission.

Through collaboration and empowerment, we give our community the tools to engineer spaces for themselves. Through training and support we empower allies to improve their environments that enables our community to thrive. We also strive to fill in the gaps of documented and expressed needs that uniquely affect our community through a compassionately anti-oppressive, evidence-based approach.

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* All events hosted by Loving Beyond Understanding and collaborators unless otherwise noted

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Events and Programs for

Social Connectivity

Cultural Hub
Central community hub

The Center is a community hub where most of LBU events, activities and groups happen. You can also access our resource navigator here. Open drop-in hours are 4-7. See our Center Page for a full list of programming

Coffee with Queers
Public hang with queers
Every Saturday Gastroroots hub

A group we’ve adopted that provides people with anopportunity to connect with other LGBTQ+ people in a public, visible setting.

Social support for college-age BIPOC and LGBTQ+ students
Mondays and Fridays 12-4

Social Support that caters more directly to college agedBIPOC and LGBTQ+ students. Meetings every Monday and Friday from 12-5,featuring D&D, and movie nights. Email centeron9th@lovingbeyondunderstaing.orgfor more information.

Social support 55+
Thursday at 4PM

Elder Support with dedicated and experienced coordinators to design programming specifically for the LGBTQ+ population ages 55 and up. With an intergenerational mindset, the goal is to be a fixture to meet the unique needs of the elder population.

LGBTQ+ Support for preteens.

A space for preteens to seek social community support in an environment that celebrates and affirms them.

Got an idea for a cool Social Connectivity program?

Events and Programs for

Parental Support

Community gameplay
Every Wednesday and Thursday

Trauma informed and Open-Ended gameplay catered specificallyto the LGBTQ community, hosted on site at the Center or the Center on 9th.

Trans-Parent Courses Online
Connect online

We've partnered with some incredible online based organizations to deliver you some important informative content

Email: transparent@lovingbeyondunderstanding.org

Parents of LGBTQ+ Compassionate Private Coaching
Work with experienced coach to connect with your youth
Trans Parent Support Group
In person event for support

Meeting at 4 at the Center for the last Sunday of everymonth in tandem with Little Unicorns.

Got an idea for a cool Parental Support event?

Events and Programs for

Health Equity and Gender Affirming Resources

Rainbow Closet
Trans Clothing Exchange

Trans clothing exchange offered to the LGBTQ community each week Saturday from 11:30-7:30

Located at: 1425 N 5th Street (Kennedy Street Entrance)

Got an idea for a cool Health Equity and Gender Affirming Resources program?

Events and Programs for

Rural Programming

Social Support Group in Rifle
Got an idea for a cool Rural Programming event?

Events and Programs for

Gender Compassionate Training and Auditing

Existing Training for Mental Health Professionals
Designed primarily for therapists and people in the social work field

We have designed a whole curriculum designed for mental health professionals to learn how to better deliver gender compassionate care.

Custom Trainings
Let's discuss meeting your needs

We are equipped to deliver a training based on your needs. Contact us at trainings@lovingbeyondunderstanding.org

Got an idea for a cool training program?

Events and Programs for

Online Resources

Crisis and Mental Health Resources

The Trevor Project Call: 1-866-488-7386 or Text ‘START” to678- 678 Live chat with a trained counselor https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help/

TransLifeline: 877-565-8860

Rocky Mountain Crisis Center: 844-493-TALK (press * forLGBTQI2 informed peer support)Educational Resources

Support for Teens


·      LGBTQ+ Teens-only online chat groups


·      Free digital mental health tool helping LGBTQ+teens explore, and affirm identity and cope with minority stress


·      Supportive live chats facilitated by staff atcenters to help teens find community.

Got an idea for a cool Online Resource?

Events and Programs for

Important Community Partners

Social Support
Agencies that provide social support

Karis, Phoenix Initiative

              Teenage social support group, meets weekly and facilitated activities with experienced coordinator.

Good Judy’s

              Only LGBTQ+ bar in town featuring LGBTQ+ centered events and drag shows.

Got an idea for a cool Community Partner?

Upcoming Happenings

Stay Tuned

Open Mic, Poetry Slam Events
LGBTQ+ Movie Nights
Gayme Nights
Crochet and Needlework Circle
Latin@ LGBTQ+ Support
Got an idea for a cool event?

With your support we can do anything

At Loving Beyond Understanding, we know the transformative power of community and collaboration. Your contribution enables us to meet the intersecting needs of our community, promote access to resources, and protect queer spaces like The Center. Please help us achieve our mission to be a platform for queer people to thrive.