Resources

 

These organizations doing great work every day in our community. This list is neither comprehensive or definitive and will be continually updated. To have your organization listed, contact us.

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Advocacy

Family Equality Council

Connecting, supporting, and representing the three million LGBTQ parents in the U.S. and their 6 million children. Working to change attitudes and policies so that all families are respected. familyequality.org

OutFront Minnesota

Creating a state where LGBTQ people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination. outfront.org

Project for Pride in Living (PPL)

PPL is a results-driven affordable housing and job readiness organization, dedicated to reducing poverty in the Twin Cities. ppl-inc.org.

Twin Cities Quorum

Minnesota’s LGBTQ and Allied Chamber of Commerce. Quorum builds, connects, and strengthens the business community through networking, education, and certification events. twincitiesquorum.com

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Athletics

GLASS

GLASS is the major player in local gay volleyball and a member of the North American Gay Volleyball Association, which hosts two tournaments annually. NAGVA is the largest of all LGBTQ+ sporting organizations, serving the widest range of skill levels. They cater to varying levels of play through a ratings system and host skill-specific open gym nights. www.glassports.org

Minnesota Gay Flag Football

A new organization that launched in 2018 and is expanding in 2019 to two seasons, which will go from spring into autumn. Gay Flag Football is a fairly popular gay sport nationally, and has the support of NFL teams. There are various tournaments held throughout the year, including the Gay Bowl, which is held annually in a new host city (this year’s Gay Bowl will be played in New York City). While this Minnesota club plans to eventually grow to accommodate varying talent levels, it presently is inclusive of a wide range of knowledge and skill, and all genders. www.mngffl.com

Minnesota Gray Ducks Soccer

Minnesota’s largest adult soccer club also happens to be an LGBTQ+ soccer club. They’ve risen to incredible heights having won the International World Championship in January 2019 and a Bronze in the Paris Gay Games in 2018. The club consists of more than 300 players and is active year-round with 7-v-7 play during the winter seasons and 11-v-11 formats in the outdoor season. The club operates by building teams that serve players at varying levels of skill around days of the week that they’re available to play and placing the teams in one of several local adult leagues. The club has men’s, women’s, and coed opportunities. www.grayducks.com

Minnesota Ice Swim Club

Recently re-established, the Minnesota Ice Swim Club has the stated ambition of becoming the premiere LGBTQ+ swim club in the nation. Affiliated with International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA), the group competes at the masters level but is open to all athletes who want to cultivate a lifelong passion for the sport of swimming. www.mniceswimclub.com

Minnesota Out Sport Alliance

A coalition of queer (LGBTQ+) sporting organizations in Minnesota striving to promote amateur sports competition for all persons regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, with a special emphasis on the participation of members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. MOSA strives to offer queer athletes sporting opportunities whilst being a unified organization advocating LGBTQ+ liberties and interests within the greater Minnesota sporting community. www.outsportalliance.com

Northern Lights Women’s Softball League

This long-running summer softball league was created by women, for women, and is dedicated to diversity and inclusion. The league is open to any player who has ever identified as a woman, no matter how that definition may have evolved over time. They play Sunday afternoons from May to August at the Dunning Sports Complex near Central High School in St. Paul, with all games umpired and played by ASA rules. www.nlwslmn.org

Out Climb at Minneapolis Bouldering Project

Out Climb is a new queer climbing club that will be hosting community events at Minneapolis Bouldering Project. Out Climb’s mission is to cultivate an all-inclusive queer climbing community in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The group will meet at MBP on the first and third Thursday of each month in the back amphitheater; newcomers can get a tour of the facility and free rentals on their first visit. Don’t forget to wear pink! www.minneapolisboulderingproject.com

Solcana Fitness

Since its inception, Solcana Fitness has been actively building a queer-friendly space that uses physical wellness as a jumping off point to engage with social justice initiatives. From fundraisers to community organizing, this gym keeps the fitness of its community, in every sense, at its core. Daily CrossFit classes, multi-week training programs, powerlifting and strength training, and much more. solcanafitness.com

Stonewall Kickball and Dodgeball

Stonewall is a national sporting nonprofit leading the way for LGBTQ+ kickball and dodgeball. As a nonprofit, they strive to give back to the local LGBTQ+ community, each year donating money to the winning team’s nonprofit of choice. Stonewall Minneapolis is a great opportunity for those without a significant athletic background as well as those with a competitive nature. They’re highly social and host routine outings after games as well as events at sponsor locations. stonewallminneapolis.leagueapps.com

TC Jacks Soccer Club

The TC Jacks organize tournament teams, host social outings, promote the sport of soccer to the LGBTQ+ community, and educate other soccer organizations about homophobia in sports. In the spring, summer, and fall, they host pickup games at local parks for players of all skill levels. For more experienced players, they field teams in the local leagues and compete in international tournaments. tcjacks.org

Twin Cities Goodtime Softball League

2019 is the Twin Cities Goodtime Softball League’s (TCGSL) 41st season. It all started in 1979 with a friendly, competitive game between the Minneapolis Police Department softball team and the state’s first openly gay softball team. Today, TCGSL is a proud member of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA). Affiliated teams travel from coast to coast to play in national tournaments and to participate in the Gay Softball World Series (GSWS). tcgsl.leagueapps.com

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Chemical Dependency

Latitudes, St. Paul

Designed to meet specific LGBTQ substance abuse and mental health needs through a full spectrum of evidence-based treatment. meridianprograms.com/program/latitudes-lgbt

Minnesota Recovery Connection

Serving the seven-county Metro area and supporting recovery communities in St. Cloud and Duluth, its mission is to strengthen the recovery community through peer-to-peer support, public education, and advocacy. minnesotarecovery.org

Pride Institute

Pride Institute is committed to providing LGBTQ people a safe place for recovery through evidence-based treatment for substance abuse, mental health, and sexual health. pride-institute.com

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Community Groups

Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP)

501(c)(3) committed to building the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community through regular events and the yearly national BECAUSE conference. bisexualorganizingproject.org

Gay for Good Twin Cities

Supporting goodwill and understanding between the LGBTQ and greater city communities through regular collaborative volunteer service projects. gayforgood.org

Imperial Court of MN

Local chapter of the International Court System, whose focus is to build a better community through volunteer work, community outreach, and fundraising. impcourtmn.com

Lesbians Out in the Twin Cities

The most active Meetup group for lesbians in the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota. Come out, get active, make some new friends, and perhaps meet someone special. www.meetup.com/Lesbians-Out-in-the-Twin-Cities

Minnesota Leather Pride

Building alliances among individuals and groups within the leather/kink/BDSM communities, offering opportunities for education, social interaction, visibility, activism, and community service. mnleatherpride.org

North Star Gay Rodeo Association

Live rodeo competition, including rough stock, horse, roping, and/or “camp” events, with a special passion for country and Western dance socials. nsgra.org

One Voice Mixed Chorus

Minnesota’s largest LGBT and straight allies community chorus. Inspiring transformation through creative performances, Outreach Tours, and their pioneering OUT in Our Schools program. ovmc.org

PFLAG Twin Cities

Parents, friends, family, and allies of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual persons, promoting health and well-being, family and friend support, education, and advocacy to end discrimination. pflagtc.com

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Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing

ASLIS

Providing on-site sign language interpreters for Deaf, DeafBlind, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin, and Video Remote Interpreting for both ASL and spoken language. aslis.com

Deaf Equity

Working to advance equity and access for diverse communities of Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing people through education, civic engagement, empowerment, and advocacy. www.facebook.com/deafequity

Keystone Interpreting Solutions (KIS)

Deaf-owned KIS provides on-site or video remote interpreting, and their Deaf-centered approach streamlines access for all communication participants. kisasl.com

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HIV/AIDS Testing and Resources

The Aliveness Project

Founded (and driven by) people living with HIV, facilitating connection to community, offering nutrition and wellness services, and linking members to resources to lead fulfilling and healthy lives. aliveness.org

Rural AIDS Action Network

Leading rural Minnesota in the fight to stop HIV through a broad array of client services, risk reduction, advocacy, and awareness. Providing counseling, medical services, case management, and more to clients in 80 counties outside the Metro area. raan.org

U of M Youth and AIDS Projects (YAP)

Preventing transmission of HIV to and from high-risk youth through developmentally appropriate, culturally competent, coordinated, and family-centered care. yapmn.com

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Medical Services and Support

Family Tree Clinic

Cultivating a healthy community through comprehensive sexual health care and education. The clinic offers community education programs and services for those fighting barriers like poverty, oppression, lack of access, and discrimination. familytreeclinic.org

JustUs Health

Rainbow Health Initiative and Minnesota AIDS Project have joined forces. JustUs Health envisions a Minnesota where diverse gender, sexual, and cultural communities experience health and wellness in powerfully inclusive environments. See their wellness column in Twin Cities Pride Magazine and visit justushealth.mn

MN Transgender Health Coalition

Committed to improving health care quality and access for trans and gender nonconforming people. Offering free services like a shot clinic, monthly HIV testing, support groups, and a food shelf. www.mntranshealth.org

MN LGBTQ Caregiver’s Group

A group for Minnesota LGBTQ caregivers who are taking care of their partners, the elderly, and/or persons with disabilities. www.facebook.com/lgbtqcaregiving

Planned Parenthood 

With 18 locations across Minnesota, Planned Parenthood provides expert sexual health care in a safe and supportive environment, no matter what. All are welcome here. ppmns.org

Program In Human Sexuality, University of Minnesota

Revolutionizing the sexual and gender climate by eliminating barriers and advancing healthy sexuality. PHS offers individual, family, and group therapy for sexuality and/or gender concerns. Medical services offer hormone therapy, puberty blockers, and referrals for surgery if desired. PHS honors and supports gender fluid and non-binary identities with tailored hormone plans to fit your identity. sexualhealth.umn.edu

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Online Media

The Column

A nonprofit media organization formed in 2009 under the fiscal sponsorship of Springboard for the Arts. They are committed to “telling the stories of LGBT Minnesota, one voice at a time.” thecolu.mn

Twin Cities Gay Scene

With online publications, e-newsletters, and broad coverage of local community events, Twin Cities Gay Scene serves as the go-to LGBTQ+ source for the mobile generation. twincitiesgayscene.com

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Worship

Institute for Welcoming Resources

To facilitate a paradigm shift whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. For a map and list of LGBTQ+ friendly places of worship, visit welcomingresources.org

Minnesota Reconciling Congregations

Inclusive Methodists building a new church. Working to open the doors of the church to all people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity. Find an inclusive church at mnrcumc.org

St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church

For over forty years, St. Paul-Ref. has been a welcoming, sacred space for GLBTQIA+ children of God in the Twin Cities. stpaulref.org.

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Youth

Avenues for Homeless Youth

Emergency shelter, short-term housing, and supportive services for homeless youth. Helping youth achieve their goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood. Read their op-ed in our 2019 Pride Guide and visit avenuesforyouth.org

GLSEN

Pronounced “glisten,” the group works for every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. glsen.org

RECLAIM!

Working to change the landscape of access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth (ages 13–25) may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms. reclaim.care

One Heartland

Creating life-changing camp experiences for youth facing social isolation, intolerance, or significant health challenges, where they can feel free of stigma and discrimination. oneheartland.org

Out4Good

Dedicated to creating safe and supportive schools for LGBTQ students, families, teachers, and staff, offering support to the community through outreach events and school and district level resources. www.osfce.mpls.k12.mn.us/out4good

Transforming Families

A community where transgender, gender non-conforming, and questioning youth and their families come together to support each other in a safe, welcoming space. tffmn.org

The Trevor Project

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people under the age of 25. thetrevorproject.org