By Vic Gerami

COLORS LGBTQ Youth Counseling Services announced that actor Charlie Carver will host the organization’s annual fall fundraiser, the ‘Autumn Soiree.’ The event is slated for Thursday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., at West Hollywood’s Kimpton La Peer Hotel’s rooftop. The event features DJ Sasha B and tickets are $65.

LGBTQ Youth Counseling Services in Los Angeles, co-founded by Dr. Douglas Sadownick, Ph.D, provides free and unlimited mental health services to LGBTQ-identified youth under the age of 25, their families and their partners. Operating out of Antioch University’s Los Angeles campus since 2012, the center has provided counseling for over 5,000 youth.

“Because of the high need for counseling in our communities, COLORS always has a waiting list,” says Cynthia Ruffin, Director of the program. “All funds raised help us expand our services throughout LA by partnering with other agencies that either do not offer mental health services to LGBTQ-identified youth or have limited resources in under-served areas of LA County.”

Charlie Carver

COLORS has had a milestone year. A few weeks ago, its team celebrated a partnership with L.A. Care and thrilled to confirm actor Charlie Carver as the soiree’s host. Carver is best known for his roles on Desperate Housewives, Teen Wolf, The Leftovers, and the LGBT history mini-series When We Rise. Praised for coming out on Instagram and for using his platform to advocate for LGBTQ rights, the actor is also slated to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign.

“We are excited that Charlie will be lending us his talents at this year’s Autumn Soirée,” says volunteer advisory board chair, Dr. Enrique López, psychologist. “So much of what we do is about making COLORS visible in the community and for young people to know how to find us when they need us. Charlie’s action will help us in this community effort.”

Sadownick adds, “I am so proud of the work the counselors and staff continuously do to help LGBTQ youth find healing to reach their potential. We strive to create a healthier community, one person at a time.”




Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Services provides free LGBTQ-affirmative counseling and healing psychotherapeutic services to youth under 25 and their families in greater Los Angeles.

To provide LGBTQ-affirmative therapy that addresses self-esteem, bullying and oppression in order to nurture and empower youth to realize their highest potential.



Dr. Douglas Sadownick, Ph.D.

Douglas Sadownick, Ph.D., has been a gay-centered psychological activist for several decades and has been the founding director of the LGBT Specialization at Antioch University since 2006. He has worked with Dr. Joy Turek, Chair of the Master’s Program, Dr. Lauren Costine, and Thomas Mondragon to launch the specialization’s programs, one of which is Colors. He has written scholarly articles on gay individuation and two books: Sacred Lips of the Bronx, and Sex Between Men: An Intimate History of the Sex Lives of Gay Men, postwar to present. He helped develop Highways Performance Art Space and wrote regularly for L.A. Weekly and The Los Angeles Times. He is a founding member of the Institute for Contemporary Uranian Psychoanalysis and is a licensed psychotherapist in Hollywood.



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