Resources in the Community 

LGBTQ Advocacy:  Outfront Minnesota

This non-profit envisions a state where LGBTQ individuals have equal opportunities, protection and rights. We are working toward the day when all Minnesotans have the freedom, power and confidence to make the best choices for their own lives.

Parental Support:  PFLAG

PFLAG helps parents and their children at some crucial time in their life.  They host monthly meetings and offer support as parents come to accept and celebrate the unique life of their child. Minnisota chapters are located in Cambridge, Cottonwood, and New Prague.

Family Support:  Strong Family Alliance

This nonprofit’s mission is to save lives and preserve families by helping children come out and parents become informed supporters and allies.  It gives parents and LGBTQ people accurate information, insights on this challenging transition for both parents and children, ways to keep LGBTQ children safe and healthy, and encouragement for parents to lead with love and solve problems over time. It provides a non-political, research-based source of information and guidance to help build understanding and strong relationships.

LGBTQ Clergy:  The Institute for Welcoming Resources

The Shower of Stoles is a collection of over a thousand liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. These religious leaders have served in thirty-two denominations and faith traditions, in six countries, and on three continents. Each stole contains the story of a GLBT person who is active in the life and leadership of their faith community in some way: minister, elder, deacon, teacher, missionary, musician, administrator, or active layperson.  Contact the Institute if you would like to host a display of stoles at your church.

Teen Counseling:  MoveFwd

MoveFwd now offers counseling to teens in 18 different middle and high schools in four west suburban districts. After years of advocacy for suburban needs, 2014 was a breakthrough year as MoveFwd began directly providing transitional housing and drop-in center services for suburban homeless youth. Both programs are growing to meet pent-up community need.

Teen Counseling:  Reclaim!

RECLAIM works to increase access to mental health support so that queer and trans* youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms. Reclaim partners with youth ages 13 – 25 who are marginalized because of their gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation.

Youth Homelessness:  Avenues for Homeless Youth

Avenues for Homeless Youth provides emergency shelter, short-term housing and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Through such service, Avenues seeks to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood.

Other Resources

Addiction:  Drug Rehab is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS). ARS is an integrated behavioral health care management organization dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health issues.

They recently published a new guide:  Substance Abuse in the LGBTQ+ Community

Suicide Hotline:  The Trevor Project

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.