LGBTQ+ Student Resources
Welcome to CMC, where we all belong, where we all contribute, and we all grow. We value all who call CMC home and are working together to build a college where we not only freely and safely share ideas and experiences, but also that these ideas and experiences are deeply heard and joyfully celebrated.
CMC has a deep commitment to establishing a sense of belonging and support for all students’ success. We all have LGBTQ+ people in our lives, whether we know it or not. Supporting CMC’s LGBTQ+ students, staff and community members and understanding the significance of belonging, is crucial as it allows all of us to feel safe and to be our authentic selves, allowing us to thrive socially, academically and professionally.
Colorado Mountain College prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment, including sexual assault, and other forms of interpersonal violence and provides the following avenues of support:
Colorado Mountain College uses an online Sexual Misconduct/Title IX reporting system where reports can be submitted anonymously.
Sexual Misconduct/Title IX includes:
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual assault
- Relationship violence
- Gender discrimination
You may also submit a report directly to:
CMC Title IX Coordinator
Colorado Mountain College uses an online reporting system known as CMC Cares. This system allows students, parents, faculty, staff and the general public to report issues of concern. These issues can range from homesickness to academic issues, campus policy violations, or safety concerns. All reports remain confidential and are automatically routed to the appropriate staff for handling.
You@CMC is a confidential support platform where students and staff can find tips and tools for everything from your mental and physical health to friendships and finding balance. Once you set up your free and confidential account, you can access LGBTQ+ resources by using the “Explore” feature and searching for LGBTQ+ resources.
CMC counselors have a background in personal, career and educational counseling. They are trained to help students identify problems, as well as understand and determine options and actions to address personal issues impacting their wellbeing and academic success.
CMC counselors provide student support in a non-clinical role. They refer and connect students to mental health clinicians who partner with CMC to offer in-person and virtual clinical counseling for students. Contact a College Counselor for an appointment.
Currently enrolled students are eligible for 6 mental health clinical counseling sessions each semester. Check-out more information about Counseling Services at CMC on Basecamp (login required).
Gender-inclusive housing at Colorado Mountain College provides accommodations for all genders, without regard for their sex assigned at birth or their gender identity. The goal of gender-neutral housing is to provide an inclusive and safe living environment for all gender identities. Gender-inclusive housing is an option available on the housing application for any student to select and would provide for students of any gender identity or expression to live together.
Students who opt-in to gender-inclusive housing are open to living with an individual of any gender. This option is not only for individuals within the LGBTQ community, but it is also for anyone who wants to live with someone who they are comfortable. Gender-inclusive housing is not intended for students in romantic relationships as this can pose additional challenges to the relationship, community living, and transitioning to college. Gender-inclusive rooms are identical to all other residence hall rooms. If you have questions about gender-inclusive housing, please reach out to the Residence Life staff of the campus you’re hoping to attend. Please note that selecting gender-inclusive housing within the housing application does not change your application in the student registration system.
Please contact the Residence Hall at your campus for more information:
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 C.F.R. §§ 99.00 et seq.) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. Under FERPA students have the right to: control the disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII) (except in certain circumstances specified in the FERPA regulations).
Under FERPA, students have the right to: request that their school change their name and gender marker on their records if they feel this information is incorrect, misleading, or violates their privacy rights. (34 C.F.R. § 99.7(a)(2)(ii)).
Please contact the Registrar’s Office if you have any questions regarding FERPA.
More information is available from Lambda Legal regarding FERPA rights for LGBTQ+ students.
Colorado LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce (Denver, CO) A resource for finding LGBTQ owned and LGBTQ supportive businesses in Colorado.
Gay for Good – (Rocky Mountains) Gay for Good Rocky Mountains mobilizes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) and ally volunteers to promote diversity, foster inclusion and strengthen ties to the broader Rocky Mountains community.
Mountain Pride (Eagle County) Mountain Pride is an organization inspired and driven to serve the needs of our LGBTQIA+ communities. LGBTQIA+ people in small towns and rural communities face unique challenges in coming out and being out. Meanwhile, they frequently live in communities with few or no resources for LGBTQIA+ people, forcing them to travel long distances to access the services and care they need. Mountain Pride is addressing these challenges by increasing year-round programming for the LGBTQIA+ community in addition to the annual Pride in the Park. Mountain Pride is devoted to strengthening its foundation and expanding its reach as an organization by establishing supportive, safe spaces, enhancing family acceptance and understanding, and offering access to education, resources, and programs.
One Colorado (Denver, CO) Advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families.
The Center on Colfax (Denver, CO) Services include: HIV/STI screenings, insurance help, mental health counseling, social support groups and events, fitness classes, resource library, and more.
Transgender Center of the Rockies (Sheridan, CO) Services include counseling, therapy groups, MAT (medication assisted treatment), PREP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), support groups, WPATH letters.
UC Health Integrated Transgender Program (Aurora, CO) Services include gender-affirming hormone therapy, primary medical care, mental health care, sexual health and STI screening, surgical and dermatologic care, fertility preservation.
Yampa Valley Pride (Steamboat Springs, CO) Yampa Valley Pride is an organization that provides LGBTQIA2S+ people and allies with resources and opportunities designed to facilitate community building and develop a thriving LGBTQIA2S+ community within the Yampa Valley.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people ages 13-24. 866-488-7386
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
The ACLU works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights.
National Listing of LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities
GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network)
GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.
Family Acceptance Project
The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative to prevent health and mental health risks and to promote well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children and youth.
Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Campaign strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
It Gets Better Project
The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth around the globe.
Lambda Legal proudly serves as attorneys for the LGBTQ+ community.
National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people.
National LGBTQ Task Force
The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.
PFLAG (Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies United with LGBT People)
PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 325,000 members and supporters are helping create an equitable and inclusive world where every LGBTQ+ person is safe, celebrated, empowered, and loved.
The Safe Zone Project is a free online resource for powerful, effective LGBTQ awareness and ally training workshops.
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders
Stevens Institute of Technology
Complied list of resources for LGBTQ+ college students
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Seeks to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming.
Transgender Law Center
Provides robust collection of resources and publications to guide through some of the more common legal challenges and questions transgender people encounter.
Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
Committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.