Welcome to OutFront Minnesota's 2020 Virtual Youth Summit! The Virtual Youth Summit was a 3-day online event, starting on Sunday, April 5th and continuing through Tuesday, April 7th.

Scroll down to see the dates and times of our livestreamed workshops and virtual hangouts. Also explore our YouTube video series and list of online resources whenever it is convenient for you!

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Opening Ceremonies

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Opening Ceremonies premiered at 4pm on Sunday, April 5th!

Virtual Hangouts Led by OutFront Minnesota's Youth Leadership Council

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Self-Care during the Pandemic

Sunday, April 5

4:30pm

 

Sponsored by Southwest Minnesota State University

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Quarantine Activities!

Sunday, April 5

5:30pm 

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Sex Positivity

Sunday, April 5

5:30pm 

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Queer Cinema

Sunday, April 5

7:30pm 

 

Sponsored by Southwest Minnesota State University

Livestream Workshops

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Queer & Trans Sex Ed Q & A

Monday, April 6

4:00pm 

 

Led by Family Tree Clinic

Has your experience with sex ed left something to be desired? Educators from Family Tree Clinic are here for you! We'll answer your questions and facilitate a conversation about healthy sexuality, relationships, identity, coming out, transition, & more!  

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Self Care and Coping in Uncertain Times

Monday, April 6

4:00pm 

 

Led by OutFront Minnesota's Youth Leadership Council and Staff Member Nicky & Shift MN

 

Aimed at promoting healthy coping mechanisms and self care, this workshop will utilize reflection and guided discussion to help queer and trans youth adjust to our rapidly changing environment in healthy and thoughtful ways. Focus points are chemical health and coping, self care, and the intersection between identity and mental health.

Sponsored by Education Minnesota.

Click here to learn more

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Power of Accompaniment

Monday, April 6

4:00pm

 

Led by RECLAIM Youth

 

Learn how to come alongside others in solidarity and supportive allyship, to develop a thriving diverse community that grows in power through knowing how to be allies to each other.

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Virtual Organizing, Power, and You!

Monday, April 6

5:15pm

 

Led by OutFront Minnesota Staff Members Jesus and Skye

 

We'll be delving deep into how to organize in the virtual world, our relationship to power, and how your stories have the ability to move folx to a more inclusive and welcoming Minnesota.

 

Sponsored by Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund.

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What's Going On In City Government?

Monday, April 6

5:15pm

 

Led by City of Minneapolis Staff Members Track and Mariah

 

Connect with the staff leading trans equity work for the City of Minneapolis. We’ll talk about how we’ve seen change happen, what it’s like being a young trans person working in government, what you want to see your local government doing – and how you can make it happen!

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Witchin' Queer

Monday, April 6

8:00pm

 

Led by OutFront Minnesota's Youth Leadership Council

 

At this workshop you'll learn about pagan deities who are also queer. Plus, tips on identity reaffirming practices.

 

Sponsored by Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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Queer History

Monday, April 6

8:00pm

 

Led by OutFront Minnesota's Youth Leadership Council

 

Learn about American queer history starting in the 1800s up until the present day!

 

Sponsored by the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.

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Transmasc 101

Tuesday, April 7

4:00pm

 

Led by OutFront Minnesota's Youth Leadership Council

 

This casual, discussion-based workshop provides life hacks, advice, and support for transmasculine and questioning youth, led by two other transmasculine folks. In this workshop, you are encouraged to share your own experiences and life hacks that you've found useful. Possible discussion topics include things such as bathrooms, clothes, dysphoria, coming out, and any other strategies for communicating your identity in social situations and for happily existing in the world as a transmasculine person in general.

 

Sponsored by Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Color 4 U

Tuesday, April 7

4:00pm

 

Led by RECLAIM Youth

 

Facilitated by queer and trans peer educators of color, for QTPOC audiences, this presentation explores the QTPOC experience and provides tools for how to keep you and your community in healthy relationships.

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On Representation

Tuesday, April 7

5:15pm

 

Led by OutFront Minnesota's Youth Leadership Council

 

An overview and short history of LGBTQ+ representation in pop culture. And for content creators/writers, the do’s and don’ts for making LGBTQ+ characters.

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Consent, Boundaries, and Oobleck

Tuesday, April 7

5:15pm

 

Led by RECLAIM Youth

 

Consent? Boundaries? Non Newtonian substances? In this workshop, you'll have an embodied experience of consent and learn how to keep you and your community in healthy relationships.

Resources

Check out this Resource Guide with Information About: 

  • Orientation & Identity
  • Coming Out
  • Sexual Health
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Crisis & Anti-violence
  • LGBTQ+ Intersectionality
  • Being an Ally/Advocate
  • Finding Community
  • LGBTQ+ Inclusive Education

OutFront Minnesota has compiled this list of organizations and resources that work to address many of the challenges caused by COVID-19. 

If you would like to speak with a trained LGBTQ+ Anti-Violence Program advocate at OutFront Minnesota, please call us at 612.822.0127 option 3.

The helpline will be answered during the hours of the Virtual Youth Summit from 4pm - 9pm on Sunday, April 5th through Tuesday, April 7th.

The regular hours for the helpline are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, with extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Learn about educational opportunities, social services, and other exciting ways for LGBTQ+ and allied youth like you to get involved. Connect with more than 50 organizations, colleges, and businesses that want to hear from you!

The purpose of the OutFront Minnesota College Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance to graduating high school students and/or current college students who work toward LGBTQ+ equity and plan on attending an institution of higher learning. This $12,000 scholarship will equal $3,000 per annum paid out over four years.

An online platform by and for LGBTQ+ youth in Minnesota, led by OutFront MN’s Youth Leadership Council

THANK YOU TO OUR CHAMPION AND COMMUNITY LEADER YOUTH SUMMIT SPONSORS!

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The Brian Juba Youth Empowerment Fund
The 2020 Virtual Youth Summit is made possible in part by The Brian Juba Youth Empowerment Fund. This Fund was established through a gift from the estate of Brian Juba. Brian grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, before beginning a career as a teacher, counselor and health-care worker in Minnesota, where he lived for almost 50 years before his death in 2019. Having experienced the challenges of growing up gay in a small rural community, Brian left this gift to help LGBTQ+ youth across Minnesota participate in OutFront's annual Youth Summit.

 

Thank you to all of our Movement Builder, Organizer, Advocate, and Grassroots level sponsors as well!

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