Rainbow Connections is a program that was implemented in Boulder last year to bring older LGBTQ members into contact with younger people who share their identity. The members usually have tea together in residents’ homes, but this was cut short with the stay-at-home order. Instead, two volunteers have taken to doing virtual tea to ensure that these members of the community do not become socially isolated.

“(Rainbow Connections) is insurance against becoming more isolated,” Neumann, a volunteer at Rainbow Connections, said. “It’s helpful in maintaining one’s mental health. You get older and your friends die. You naturally become more socially isolated and having another person who is willing to share a couple of hours a week is really important.”

Neumann has said that the phone and video calls are not exactly the same, but they’re all doing their best to keep up contact as often as possible.

Kaylee was raised (but not *technically* born) in Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Regis she worked as a teaching assistant in a freshman classroom setting and in the writing center helping students on a variety of topics. While there, she discovered Cura Personalis, or care for the entire person, leading to her love of feminism and desire for equal rights for all. Kaylee is the managing editor for AboutBoulder, OnDenver, and a key member of the OnMetro team, launching this platform in cities across the United States.