COLORS Offers a Safe and Affirmative Space for LGBTQ Youth
Antioch University Los Angeles trained LGBT Specialist Counselors provide free services tocommunity that lacks sufficient resources and support
Los Angeles, Calif. ± May 3, 2011 ±
Antioch University Los Angeles¶ LGBT Specialization inClinical Psychology
, the first such specialization of its kind in the country, has joined together with two community partners to formCOLORS,a comprehensive center to combat the epidemicof suicides and bullying among Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered/Trans-sexual andQuestioning (LGBTQ) youth.In a remarkable display of community collaboration, the LGBT Specialization is working withThe Relational Center and Pueblo Nuevo Development Corporation (PND) to offer thisunderserved population and their families counseling, psychotherapy, support, advocacy andacademic support free of charge. COLORS is committed to creating a world where LGBTQyouth are valued, embraced and invited to contribute to their full potential.According to the same U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, gay and lesbianyouth are two to six times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youth with suicide being the leading cause of death among gay and lesbian youth. Gays and lesbians are also atmuch higher risk than the heterosexual population for alcohol and drug abuse. LGBTQ youth arealso at greater risk for school failure than heterosexual children.³With COLORS we hope to reduce the isolation that LGBTQ youth feel. We are building a safeand affirmative space that values and celebrates diversity. COLORS is a place where the youthcan affirm who they are and not suppress their feelings,´ saysDouglas Sadownick, Ph.D., Director of AULA¶sLGBT Specialization.³We want to help stop bullying, work with familiesand foster action networks.´COLORS is currently operating a satellite at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Lifeworks andalso at The Relational Center. The main COLORS site will be located at the Camino NuevoCharter Academy in Los Angeles and will begin seeing clients in early fall.