COLORADO SPRINGS — In a recent video post on InstagramRecording artist and American Idol Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta admitted he “couldn’t pretend it was all good.”
Archuleta came out publicly as gay in 2021 after serving two years as a member of The Church of Latter-day Saints in Chile as a missionary.
He’s not the only one struggling to reconcile their mental health with their sexual orientation and religion.
According to a report by the Center for Family Equality in partnership with the US Census, approximately 4.3% of adults identify with the LGBTQ+ community. While same-sex marriage has been legalized since 2015 in the United States, many people within the community still face discrimination in the workplace, labor market, religious circles, and other areas. of life that have an impact.
In addition, those who identify as LGBTQ+ are statistically more likely suffer from mental illnesses like depression and suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and more, especially if they are between the ages of 18 and 25. These percentages increase if a person identifies as non-binary, transgender, genderqueer, etc.
The following organizations in the Colorado Springs area are working to bridge the gap for LGBTQ+ adults and youth by providing lifelong support, resources, and mentorship:
Upside Down Youth Services — Based in Colorado Springs, this organization offers daily programming for those looking to connect within the LGBTQ+ community.
PFLAG Colorado Springs — During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this organization is offering support meetings virtually on Zoom. There are a variety of upcoming events for the group in 2022, if you’re looking for a way to get involved and support the organization.
Colorado Pride Guide — This online publication offers listings of welcoming businesses, religious organizations, health care providers and more for those looking for resources and connections.
Southern Colorado Equality Alliance– This group of dedicated individuals hold events throughout southern Colorado to bring the LGBTQ+ community together through Pride events, Drag Queen Bingo nights, community art shows and more.
If you’re looking for more of an itinerary of digital resources for privacy or security reasons, check out the following online LGBTQ+ organizations.
The Trevor Project
human rights campaign
Safe Zone Project