About 60 fabulous runners came out this September for our seventh annual Running of the Gays event donned in boas, high heels and glamorous skirts to support Denver’s LGBTQ youth. All money raised at the event was put towards empowerment programs for youth at Voz y Corazon, a Mental Health Center of Denver organization providing suicide prevention services for youth, many of whom identify as LGBTQ+.
Our youth poets performed, local drag queens hosted the festivities and dozens of local Denver residents strutted the streets to celebrate the empowerment of Denver’s LGBTQ+ youth.
Art from Ashes has a long and involved history of supporting LGBTQ+ youth, a group often overlooked and silenced in society. In fact, 97.1% of youth involved in AfA programs affirm feeling safe, and 97.4% affirm they trust facilitators, both key elements in suicide prevention.
Of course, just because the work is serious doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! Check out our slideshow of some of our best moments from this year’s event. Next year, experience the fun and whimsy yourself and join us!