Resources for Queer and Trans Youth

Mental Health

Common Ground Meditation Center
Common Ground is a community meditation center based in Minneapolis dedicated to the practice of mindfulness. Common ground has both queer and POC specific community and meditation groups.

The Family Partnership
The Family Partnership provides culturally relevant mental health counseling to members of the transgender community and their families. Therapists can work with individuals to explore gender identity and to develop and pursue gender goals.

LGBT Therapist Network
The MN LGBT Therapist Network provides information on accessing mental health services for LGBT individuals in Minnesota.

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center – Two Spirit/Native LGBTQ Program 
Two Spirit/Native LGBTQ program creates safe space for socializing and re-connection with cultural teachings that hold Two Spirits in high esteem. Through the development of therapeutic community based in cultural strengths, participants improve their individual mental, emotional, and spiritual well being while also challenging the broader American Indian and mainstream LGBT communities to address biases that serve to keep Two Spirit people in conditions of extreme health disparity.

Trans Lifeline 
For any trans person in crisis of any kind, the Trans Lifeline runs a national hotline staffed by trans people for trans people
Crisis line: (877) 565-8860

Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders
T-FFED is a collective of trans/gender diverse folx and allies who believe eating disorders in marginalized communities are social justice issues. They are based in Los Angeles but have national reach in their trainings, support structures, and impact. T-FFED also offers an online facebook support group for trans and gender diverse individuals struggling with eating disorders.

The Trevor Project 
National crisis line and counseling for LGBTQ youth
24-hour crisis line: (866) 488-7386
Text “Trevor” to (202) 304-1200 or chat online

Healthcare

The Aliveness Project 
Based in Minneapolis, the Aliveness Project provides meals, a foodshelf, therapy, and care-advocacy for people with HIV/AIDS.

Family Tree Clinic
Family Tree is committed to providing comfortable, competent, and accessible care to trans and gender non-conforming patients. Family Tree’s services include, but are not limited to, trans-affirming gynecological care, STI testing and treatment, birth control, including methods that are compatible with transition-related hormones, trans hormone care, and limited primary care services.

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition
The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition provides education, services, and advocacy to improve access to and quality of healthcare for transgender individuals. They offer a shot clinic, health services, training, and support groups.

Rainbow Health Initiative
The Rainbow Health Initiative is committed to improving health outcomes for LGBT individuals. They also provide the MN LGBTQ+ Directory which includes extensive information on health resources for LGBT individuals in Minnesota.

Shot Clinic
The Shot Clinic provides support to anyone in administering shots, learning how to administer shots, and also provides free needles and supplies. Many of those administering the shots are trans and are able to answer hormone specific questions. The clinic also offers a needle exchange, support groups, and referrals to other trans friendly health providers. The Shot Clinic is located at 3405 Chicago Avenue, Suite 203, Minneapolis MN 55407 and is open during set hours.

Youth and AIDS Project
The University of Minnesota Youth and AIDS Project (YAP) provides services to youth aged 13 – 24 to prevent and maintain their HIV status.

Substance Abuse and Recovery

Out & Sober Minnesota 
Out & Sober Minnesota is an organization dedicated to re-connecting recovering LGBTQA addicts and alcoholics to the community by hosting social and educational events.

Pride Institute 
Providing in- and out-patient treatment for LGBT individuals in the Twin Cities and beyond. Pride specializes in the treatment of Substance Abuse, Sexual Health and co-occurring Mental Health issues and their manifestations within LGBTQ+ clients.

Queer in Recovery NA
Queer/trans NA meeting at the Mothership. Members do pronoun checks and have removed the gendered and “god” language from the weekly readings to be a welcoming environment to people of any or no religions and genders. Meets Wednesdays from 8:30-10pm at 425 Cedar Ave. in Minneapolis. 

Trans and Queer AA 
Open meeting for queer, trans and GNC folks struggling with substance abuse of any kind. This meeting emphasizes maintaining a safe space to talk about the intersections of substance use, queerness, and gender identity. Group meets every Tuesday from 8:15-9:15pm at All God’s Children Metro Community Church in Minneapolis.

West Bank Harm Reduction Collective
A DIY syringe exchange service that provides a confidential, non-judgmental, safer space with free access to syringes, works, naloxone and more. Free rapid HIV testing by the Aliveness Project also provided. Every Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm at 425 Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.

Housing

Avenues for Homeless Youth-GLBT Host Home Program
The mission of Avenues for Homeless Youth is to provide 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. Avenues offers the GLBT Host Home Program specifically for queer youth experiencing homelessness.

The Bridge for Youth
The Bridge for Youth is for LGBTQ youth aged 10 to 17 who are experiencing homelessness. The center offers a hotline, crisis counseling, transitional programs and various ongoing support and counseling.

Face to Face
Face to Face provides counseling, healthcare, and numerous resources for youth 11-23 facing homelessness.

YouthLink
YouthLink provides services to youth aged 16 – 23 who are facing homelessness gain access to basic services and support, including an LGBTQ+ specific support group.

Education

Out4Good
Out4Good, a program in the Minneapolis Public Schools system, aims to create safe and supportive schools for GLBT students, families, teachers and staff.

Out for Equity
Out for Equity is a Saint Paul Public School District program that strives to maintain a safe and welcoming school environment that fosters positive self esteem, respect for others and academic success for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, staff members and families.

Program in Human Sexuality – U of M – Transgender Health Services 
The Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) is committed to advancing the sexual health of Minnesota, the nation, and the world through preeminence in research, education, clinical service, and advocacy. The PHS approach to transgender health care is comprehensive and offers individual, group, and family psychotherapy, psychiatry services, specialty medical care, hormone therapy, consultation and advocacy about gender issues, and referrals for surgical interventions for trans and GNC folks of all ages.

Queer Science – University of Minnesota
Queer Science is a University of Minnesota Twin Cities program aimed at LGBTQ+ high school students. The group holds events for youth to engage with graduate students and professors surrounding topics in STEM and the experience of being an LGBTQ+ scientist.

Family Support

PFLAG-Twin Cities
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. The Twin Cities Chapter is proud to serve the metro area through support of LGBT individuals.

Transforming Families
Transforming Families is a volunteer-based peer led support group aimed towards transgender and gender-nonconforming youth and their families. Transforming Families is not a therapy group. It is a group of families that support each other through sharing experiences.

Advocacy

Anti-Violence Program 
OutFront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program (AVP) is a broad-based effort to end violence and harassment against and within LGBTQA-identified communities in Minnesota. AVP works to build safety and power of survivors and community members as well as work to create opportunities for support and healing through the provision of crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, community education and outreach.

OutFront Minnesota
OutFront Minnesota is a community-based LGBTQ rights organization. Their justice team provides peer support and mentoring to trans people. They also provide legal services for trans individuals, including legal guidance in cases of discrimination.

Gender Justice
Gender justice is a nonprofit legal and policy advocacy organization devoted to addressing the causes and consequences of gender inequality, including trans and GNC legal issues.