Since 1987, OutFront Minnesota has been working to change the hearts and minds of Minnesotans to make our state more accepting and welcoming for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people.
Our mission is to create 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.
This year, on Give OUT Day, we are raising funds to support our work for equity for all LGBTQ Minnesotans.
2016 Key Highlights of OutFront Minnesota’s Impact:
» Our Anti-Violence program assisted more than 1,000 people experiencing intimate partner violence, hate crimes, or other violence in the last year.
» Our expanding Youth & Schools Program hosts an annual Youth Summit bringing together hundreds of youth from across the state to work toward creating more inclusive and equitable school environments to combat bullying and create affirming spaces where students can thrive.
» We sued the state of Minnesota to overturn Minnesota's ban on Minnesota Care and Medical Assistance (Medicaid) from covering Gender Confirmation Surgery, winning critical medical care coverage for trans Minnesotans.
» Blocked anti-transgender bathroom bills in the Minnesota State Legislature.
» Successfully resolved two federal discrimination complaints against employers whose health plans excluded coverage for transition related services.
The lives and experiences of LGBTQ people vary widely from state to state and even from neighborhood to neighborhood. Over the past year we have witnessed great accomplishments in the advancement of equity for our diverse communities. We believe that we are more than just our LGBTQ identities and we know that the majority of us have intersectional identities. This belief compels us to challenge structural and individual barriers that limit our self-determination and ability to thrive.
Minnesota has some of the worst racial disparities in the country, we must address the racism that LGBTQ people of color experience every single day and in every single institution and structure with which they engage. This value in how we approach and develop our work has opened up countless opportunities for organizing across aligned progressive issues and movements like BlackLivesMatter, reproductive rights and justice, economic justice, worker rights, immigrant rights, and disability justice, to name a few.
Simply stated: We are stronger together. We grow in community together. Taking pride in our community means coming alongside ALL of the members of our community to work together for our collective liberation.
Join us in our work for LGBTQ equity and liberation. Together, we will make Minnesota the place we know it can be.
Thanks for your support!