The Gender Identity Center of Colorado, Inc. is a non-profit corporation organized in 1978 and incorporated in June 1980. The organization was formed to provide support to anyone gender variant in their gender identity and expression. The Gender Identity Center of Colorado is also an informational and educational resource to the community at large. The Gender Identity Center of Colorado is available to anyone, male / female / other, who can benefit from its services or resources, including spouses, significant others, parents, and siblings.
The Gender Identity Center of Colorado is a tax exempt, 501(3)c nonprofit corporation which provides these public services to the community, but receives none of its support from tax dollars. It is funded by collection of tuition for seminars and workshops, counseling services, and donations. Receipts can be given for any donation of money or materials.
The mission of the GIC is to provide support for all gender identities and expressions through direct services and social change utilizing empowerment, identity affirmation, outreach, education, advocacy, creating safe spaces, and a sense of community.
At the Gender Identity Center in Denver, Colorado, we were deeply saddened to hear of President Trump’s announcement on Twitter of his plans to remove all transgender people “in any capacity currently serving in the US military”. This would mean the discharge of approximately 7,000 – 15,000 highly trained personnel that are willing and remain committed to protecting the United States’ interests both here at home and abroad.
As a local hub for a variety of mental, physical, and social health services to the transgender community, the effects of this announcement were immediately felt among our colleagues and clients. We are saddened to hear that the President believes that the cost of maintaining the health of transgender service members is not worth the invaluable contributions they make to protecting and serving our nation every day.
As professionals serving the health of transgender people, we know very well that healthcare can be expensive for all of us. However, we believe that the U.S. Military has long prioritized health expenses for its service members that benefit the long term goals and safety of the United States and its inhabitants, and in this instance, transgender healthcare costs are no different.
We urge the President and his staff members to consider the valuable contributions that thousands of trans service members have made over the years and to focus on policies that will enhance our nation’s safety, rather than ones that force our service members back into the shadows of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.
We further urge the President to refrain from publishing sudden and startling policy reversals on such informal platforms as social media, in the interest of our national security and the well-being of Americans everywhere.
Meanwhile, we at the GIC will continue to work toward a nation that is inclusive of all, that welcomes service from any willing and able person, and that honors the sacrifice of its troops regardless of their race, sexuality, gender identity, or class status.
Jessica Goodwin, President
The Gender Identity Center of Colorado
We have moved!
The Gender Identity Center is excited to announce the move to our new location is complete! Please stop by our beautiful new facility at 120 Bryant Street, Denver, CO 80219 and say Hello! See the map to our new location below.