One Colorado: We're kicking off LGBTQ Education Week!
By Daniel Ramos, Executive Director, One Colorado
We are excited to kick off LGBTQ Education Week! I started my career at
One Colorado as the Youth and Schools Program Coordinator nearly nine
years ago. Now as I enter my fourth year as Executive Director at One
Colorado, this week is still special to me.
When the limited hours of a school day may be the only chance you have
to be your authentic self, clubs like Gay-Straight Alliances or Gender
and Sexualities Alliances (GSAs) are a necessity. Lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth live this reality every
day. Students need sincere friends, sympathetic peers, and supportive
adults to thrive — an active GSA can do all that and more.
According to the GLSEN 2017 Colorado School Climate Snapshot,
schools with an active and engaged GSA showed better student engagement
and better mental health outcomes for LGBTQ youth than those schools
that did not. Something so simple can pay huge dividends, especially
when suicide is the leading cause of death for Colorado youth ages 10 to