Do you need to find LGBTQ-competent medical professionals in the Boulder area? Are you looking for on-campus mental and physical health care? We know that finding professionals who understand LGBTQ+ experiences can be difficult. Check out the resources below for a head start!
If you don’t find the resources you’re looking for below, or if you want some one-on-one help navigating these and other resources, you can always reach out to our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counseling and Psyciatric (CAPS) uses a short-term care model for individual counseling and psychiatry. CAPS providers work with each student to create a personalized care plan specific to their needs and can make recommendations or referrals for ongoing care in the community as needed. CAPS maintains a webpage of groups, resources and information specifically for LGBTQIA2S+ mental health care at CU Boulder.
The Sex and Gender Hour is a Let’s Talk session open to LGBTQIA+ students, individuals who are questioning and allies, where they can ask questions, voice concerns and discover resources related to sex, sexuality and gender.
The Transgender and Gender Creative Group welcomes CU students of all ages and backgrounds who identify as cross-gendered, transgender, gender variant and gender queer to a supportive space. This group will focus on encouraging individuals towards personal development, creating and utilizing workable coping skills and providing acceptance of each person’s unique journey.
CAPS also offers a Creating Safety to Move Past Trauma group to help individuals who have had a traumatic experience deal with the past, feel safe in the present and move towards the future. By offering a space to feel supported and the opportunity to learn healthy skills for safely managing the present, this group aims to allow individuals to develop a sense of strength, security and empowerment that may be hard to find after experiencing trauma.
The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is a free confidential counseling/consulting/referral service designed to provide assistance to faculty and staff for personal or work-related concerns that may interfere with job performance. All FSAP staff are trained as generalist counselors and are equipped to deal with a wide range of personal and work related issues. You must be a CU Boulder employee to use FSAP services, and services are no cost to all CU Boulder faculty and staff members.
To schedule an appointment, fill out the FSAP contact form.
The Umbrella Collective was developed to be a group practice where clients can see themself reflected in their therapists from an inclusive standpoint. The Collective consists of a network of talk therapists who specialize in working with an intersectional lens, centering the margins in the therapeutic work. Counselors at the Umbrella Collective social justice, dedicated to ongoing training and education in best practices for BIPOC, LGBTQ people and people who experience life on the margins.
Queer Asterisk is a mental health organization offering counseling services in Boulder, Denver, Longmont and Fort Collins. The organization was founded with the goal of creating a different kind of mental health organization, rooted in social justice advocacy, devoted to compassionate counseling and education and run entirely by queer and transgender professionals. All counseling services are queer informed and affirming with an emphasis on queer resilience and vitality. Therapists and counselors are able to offer sliding scale pricing, as well as full and partial scholarships.
Out Boulder County’s trans health resources include off-campus counselors and medical providers that work with transgender clients and patients.
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network is a healing justice organization that works to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color. The network provides a space for queer and trans people of color committed to improving mental health for our communities.
Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it's just about whether or not you're trans, please call. The will do their best to support you and provide you with resources. They believe that some of the best support that a trans person in crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. They provide LGBTQ youth with 24/7 crisis counseling via phone, text and chat.
The CU Collegiate Recovery Community provides community, support and connection for students, faculty and staff in recovery or seeking recovery from a wide range of behaviors. CUCRC’s resources include:
- Support meetings, including an LGBTQ+ recovery space
- Events and activities
- The CORE Membership program has additional offerings including sober campus housing, scholarships, work-study, group trips and special events
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Medical Services provides gender-affirming hormone therapy. If you are interested in starting or continuing gender-affirming hormone therapy, please call 303-492-5432 to schedule a consultation appointment. Providers are trained in and use the current World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care to initiate and manage hormone replacement therapy.
The Anthem Gold Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) provides unlimited surgical benefits. For referral letters to a surgeon (your surgeon may or may not require such a letter), please schedule an appointment to meet with a Medical Services provider.
If your surgeon requires two letters, you can also schedule an appointment to meet with a Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) provider.
If you work with an out-of-state surgeon, the LGBTQ+ Care Team can provide post-surgical care upon your return.
Please make an appointment with an insurance benefit specialist and the referral coordinator to ensure you know what will be covered.
Medical Services clinic offers pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. If you are interested in PrEP counseling, prescription initiation and ongoing maintenance, please call 303-492-5432.
Boulder County AIDS Project provides support, advocacy and education to those in our community who are living with or affected by HIV, and serves as an outreach and information center to prevent the further transmission of HIV. Services provided include medical and bilingual case management, insurance assistance, financial support, pro bono professional services such as legal aid, nutritional support through our on-site food pantry and free HIV and hepatitis testing.
Boulder Community Health provides comprehensive health services and is committed to creating an affirming and supportive experience for LGBTQ patients. In addition to general health and medical services, Boulder Community Health provides gender-affirming surgical procedures.
Denver Health provides LGBTQ health services, including preventative health screenings, management of chronic conditions, sexual health services, same-day pre-exposure prophylaxis, HIV services, hormone replacement therapy(HRT) on an informed consent model, voice therapy, behavioral health services and gender confirmation surgeries that are considered in-network for CU student health plans.
OutCare Health is a national database of LGBTQ+ competent health care providers. Visit the database and enter your area code to see a list of medical providers.
Finances and insurance
All students can access Medical Services regardless of health insurance coverage. You can use your own private health insurance plan (with or without BuffCare) or your Anthem Gold Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Out-of-pocket costs may vary based on insurance benefits and the type of visit.
Our Student Health Insurance and Referrals team can also assist you in reviewing your Gold SHIP benefits and answering questions related to insurance coverage or billing. For more information or to schedule a private in-person or phone conversation, please contact our Student Health Insurance and Referrals team at 303-492-5107.
Please note that if you are on an insurance plan under a family member, some codes and charges may be present on the explanation of benefits (EOB) that is submitted to the policy owner. You can discuss this with your insurance plan or with our Student Health Insurance and Referrals team. If you are over 18, your medical records are not accessible to others unless you sign a release of information.