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 entirely by queer and transgender 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)
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We envision a vibrant community that embraces authentic expression and transformation, where individuals with dynamic and intersecting identities can thrive.
Nervous about receiving therapy or counseling? All of our Therapists, Counselors, and Peer Mentors are queer and trans too!
Founding & Executive Director
Brett Adamek (Freeda Be)
Chris (Maddy) Aguilar Garcia
Counselor & Supervisor
Jennifer (Jen) Elswick
Writing Group Facilitator
Juan Pablo Escarcega
Unnati (Una) Upadhyay
QTBIPOC Outreach & Operations Coordinator
Shira Barchilon Frank
Anne Marie DiGiacomo
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