about queer asterisk
In 2014, while studying Somatic Counseling Psychology at Naropa University, Sorin Thomas and two other graduate students envisioned Queer Asterisk. Their idea was to create a different kind of mental health organization; rooted in social justice advocacy, devoted to compassionate counseling and education, and run by queer and transgender friendly professionals.
While we are fortunate to have had many queer and transgender community resources available in Colorado for years, there was yet to exist a mental health organization where the structure and leadership was informed by queer and trans lived experience.
“The vision I hold for myself, this organization, and everyone we touch is to be brilliant; to claim and reclaim, if we have to, our gifts as queer and trans folks and to bring those gifts into the world. Though we will continue to learn and grow throughout our lifetimes, at a certain point we must allow ourselves to be ‘good enough’ and stop letting fear hold us back from putting forth something truly amazing.” -Sorin Thomas (Executive Director)
“A revolution of the heart is emerging and we are witnessing a profound shift in our worldview. Categorization and conformity no longer serve the well-being of individuals with complex and intersecting identities or communities that are expanding the collective consciousness. A brave new culture that embraces ambiguity, vulnerability, and authenticity is taking form; and Queer Asterisk is at the forefront of this inspiring movement.” Diane Israel (Board Chair)
Queer Asterisk 2022 Annual Report (PDF)
Queer Asterisk 2021 Annual Report (PDF)
Queer Asterisk 2020 Annual Report (PDF)
Queer Asterisk 2018-2019 Annual Report (PDF)
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We envision a vibrant community that embraces authentic expression and transformation, where individuals with dynamic and intersecting identities can thrive.
Founding & Executive Director
Brett Adamek (Freeda Be)
Chris (Maddy) Aguilar Garcia
Clinical leadership & supervisors
Dianna Cordero (D.L.)
Supervisor & Counselor
Supervisor & Counselor
Counselors + interns
Jennifer (Jen) Elswick
peer mentors + facilitators
Writing Group Facilitator
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"When I founded this organization, I wanted to create a sense of home for everyone who knows the pain of looking and not finding themselves reflected in community."
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