Help is Available

If you would like to speak with a trained LGBTQ+ Anti-Violence Program advocate at OutFront Minnesota, who can connect you to resources or talk through options regarding your current situation, please call us at 800.800.0350 or email avp@outfront.org.

The helpline is answered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you don't get through, staff will contact you within 24 hours (with varying responses on the weekends). If you are in a crisis and need an immediate response, please contact the following:

  • For calls regarding domestic/intimate partner violence (more shelter) — Day One | 1.866.223.1111
  • For calls regarding sexual violence — Sexual Violence Center | 612.871.5111
  • For calls regarding Transgender support — Trans Lifeline | 877.565.8860
  • For callers who identify as LGBTQ+ youth — The Trevor Project | 1.866.488.7386
  • For all other calls regarding general support/mental health support — NAMI | 800.950.6264

About Our Anti-Violence Program

OutFront Minnesota's Anti-Violence Program (AVP) is a broad-based effort to end violence and harassment against and within LGBTQ+ communities in Minnesota. We work in collaboration with victims, survivors, and community members to build safety and power—as well as opportunities for support and healing—through the provision of crisis intervention services, systems advocacy, counseling, community education, and outreach. We believe that everyone deserves to be safe from harm regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. From the individual to the community to the state, we believe eliminating violence and harassment requires social change at every level.

Our Staff and Volunteers:

  • Work to prevent violence and harassment from occurring against our community members through awareness, education, and increased visibility.
  • Collaborate with survivors in finding their own paths to healing and empowerment through safe and effective support services.
  • Partner with other organizations to create a strong network of well-trained and inclusive service providers throughout Minnesota.

The AVP Health Shelf

The Health Shelf is filled with hygiene products, a small food pantry, clothing, safe sex supplies, cold weather gear, and gender affirming products! This shelf is open to all LGBTQ+ community members who have experienced violence.

The Health Shelf can be accessed by appointment only. Please contact the AVP helpline to arrange at 800-800-0350.

For donations or questions, contact avp@outfront.org. The Health Shelf is located at OutFront Minnesota at 2446 University Ave W,
Saint Paul, MN.

Support & Counseling Directory

Metro

Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP)

Midwest organization empowering the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (Bi+) community

Metro

Center for Grief and Loss

The Center's many programs include therapy groups for gay men and others who have experienced loss

Metro

Center for Sexual Health (University of Minnesota)

Counseling services on sexuality and gender identity, including gender confirmation surgery

Metro

Face to Face

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the needs of youth ages 11-24 that offers health care, counseling, and programs for homeless youth

Metro

Family Tree Clinic

A nonprofit clinic committed to improving the health of LGBTQ individuals through affordable, respectful sexual health care and education

National

FORGE

List of over 600 trans* therapists; call or email to check their database for a therapist in your state/area

Statewide

LGBT Therapists

Network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit, and asexual affirming mental health and social service workers and their allies in Minnesota

Metro

Minnesota Asexuals

Social and advocacy group for asexual Minnesotans

Metro

Minnesota Transgender Alliance

Group for trans people that discusses topics and resources

Metro

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition

Focusing upon Trans health issues in the local community

Metro

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Minnesota

Provides LGBTQ support groups and counseling

Metro

Northland Therapy Center

Counseling agency with LGBTQ specialization

National

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

National organization of allies of the LGBTQ community

Metro

Pride Institute

Providing in- and out-patient treatment for LGBT individuals

Metro

Prime Timers

Social group for gay and bisexual men over 50

Central MN

Prism Mental Health, LLC

LGBTQ specific counseling in Central Minnesota

Metro

RECLAIM

Provides counseling services and support groups for LGBT-identified youth ages 13-25 who are seeking therapeutic support related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression

Metro

Red Door Clinic

STD & HIV testing and sexual health services

Statewide

Rural AIDS Action Network

Statewide Organization providing AIDS prevention, testing and care services for Minnesotans in rural areas

National

Sage Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders

National organization that offers supportive services and resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers and advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people

Metro

Sexual Violence Center

Crisis counseling addressing sexual assault; LGBTQ sensitive services

Metro

The Aliveness Project

Meals, Food Shelf, Therapy, Counseling, and Care Advocacy for people affected by HIV/AIDs

Metro

The Bridge for Youth

Crisis intervention and shelter for runaway youth, including LGBTQ sensitive services

National

The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection

Develop and expand understanding of human sexuality, gender identity and the need for equal treatment

Metro

The Family Partnership

Counseling, education, and advocacy to support children, families, and communities in need and empower them to solve their own problems

National

The Trevor Project

Crisis line and counseling for LGBTQ youth

Statewide
verified

TIGERRS

Transgender, Intersex, Gender-Expansive, Revolutionary Resources & Services (TIGERRS) is a nonhierarchical collective dedicated to delivering programs and resources that build solidarity and safety among transgender, intersex and gender-expansive Minnesotans.

National

Trans Lifeline

A hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people

Metro

Transforming Families

A peer support group aimed towards trans* and gender nonconforming youth and their families in Minnesota

Metro

Tri-ESS

Group of heterosexual / dual-gendered cross dressers and their families that has monthly meetings and other activities which serve to offer peer support, education, outreach and a safe social atmosphere

Metro

Tubman Center

Provides safe shelter, legal services, mental and chemical health counseling, elder abuse resources, youth programming and community education, including public information campaigns to provide community members the information and support they need to get help or give help

Metro

Twin Cities Men's Project

Support groups for men, including meetings focused on gay and bisexual issues

National

WestBridge

Specializes in the treatment of co-occurring substance abuse disorders for men

Bringing LGBTQ+ Domestic & Partner Violence to Light

OutFront Minnesota is proud to have been at the forefront of LGBTQ+ domestic abuse intervention for years. We are one of the national leaders in bringing this issue to light. We offer direct services to victims of domestic violence and offer trainings concerning same-sex domestic abuse to domestic violence service providers.

At Equal Risk

Statistically, LGBTQ+ people experience domestic abuse at about the same rate as the rest of society. Abuse can take many physical and psychological forms and tends to thoroughly demoralize the victim. If you are being abused by a partner, there is help!

How Our Staff Can Help 

OutFront Minnesota has trained domestic abuse staff who can help you file for protective orders, provide supportive counseling regarding your situation, referrals to domestic violence shelters and other safe places in the community. We also provide safety planning and short-term crisis counseling for both domestic violence victims and their concerned families or loved ones. OutFront Minnesota provides victim/survivor-related services and will provide referrals, but not direct services, for those seeking help with their own abusive behavior.

Help is Available

If you would like to speak with a trained LGBTQ+ Anti-Violence Program advocate at OutFront Minnesota, who can connect you to resources or talk through options regarding your current situation, please call us at 800.800.0350 or email avp@outfront.org.

The helpline is answered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you don't get through, staff will contact you within 24 hours (with varying responses on the weekends). If you are in a crisis and need an immediate response, please contact the following:

  • For calls regarding domestic/intimate partner violence (more shelter) — Day One | 1.866.223.1111
  • For calls regarding sexual violence — Sexual Violence Center | 612.871.5111
  • For calls regarding Transgender support — Trans Lifeline | 877.565.8860
  • For callers who identify as LGBTQ youth — The Trevor Project | 1.866.488.7386
  • For all other calls regarding general support/mental health support — NAMI | 800.950.6264

Directory of Organizations That Provide Shelter

Metro

Adult Shelter Connect

For those who are seeking shelter in Hennepin County

Metro

Avenues for Homeless Youth

Provides safe and nurturing emergency shelter, short term housing, and support services for homeless youth; also coordinates an LGBTQ host home program (ext. 110)

Metro

Clare Housing

Shelter, services, and compassionate care to persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Twin Cities

Metro

Coordinated Access to Housing and Shelter (CAHS)

Families in Ramsey County who are sleeping in a place not meant for human habilitation (streets, car, camping, public transit, etc.) or staying at a domestic violence shelter and are looking for supportive housing can call

Metro

Face to Face

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the needs of youth ages 11-24 that offers health care, counseling, and programs for homeless youth

Statewide

Homeless Shelter Directory

A complete list of Minnesota Shelters

Statewide

Minnesota Department of Human Services

Youth in any county can call the Homeless Youth Coordinator

Metro

Safe House

Emergency shelter for youth ages 16-20 years old in Ramsey County

Metro

The Bridge for Youth

Crisis intervention and shelter for runaway youth, including LGBTQ sensitive services

Metro

Youth Services Network

Links youth to shelter, drop in centers, food, medical care, a crisis line, and more in Hennepin County

OutFront Minnesota's Anti-Violence Program has focused on sexual violence in all its forms for decades. If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual harassment or violence in the workplace or in any environment, contact us. We can help. 

Help is Available

If you would like to speak with a trained LGBTQ+ Anti-Violence Program advocate at OutFront Minnesota, who can connect you to resources or talk through options regarding your current situation, please call us at 800.800.0350 or email avp@outfront.org.

The helpline is answered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you don't get through, staff will contact you within 24 hours (with varying responses on the weekends). If you are in a crisis and need an immediate response, please contact the following:

  • For calls regarding domestic/intimate partner violence (more shelter) — Day One | 1.866.223.1111
  • For calls regarding sexual violence — Sexual Violence Center | 612.871.5111
  • For calls regarding Transgender support — Trans Lifeline | 877.565.8860
  • For callers who identify as LGBTQ youth — The Trevor Project | 1.866.488.7386
  • For all other calls regarding general support/mental health support — NAMI | 800.950.6264

Hate or Bias-Motivated Violence 

An umbrella term for any act or expression directed against a person, group or their property that is motivated in whole or in part by a belief or perception regarding their real or perceived identities. Root causes include a rigid adherence to oppressive norms and ideologies that are propagated and reinforced by individuals, social systems and public institutions. Hate violence may be intended to threaten, coerce and/or punish all members (or perceived members) of a group.

3 main Components of Bias-Motivated Violence

  1. The perpetrator’s perception of the victim’s identity and their bias or prejudice against that identity
  2. The desire to target the victim based upon that perception
  3. The belief, at least in part, that the act is socially acceptable or sanctioned

Hate Crime

A criminal act that involves one (or more) of three specific crime groupings (assault, property damage and harassment/stalking), that is directed toward an individual or group that is (or perceived to be) a member of a protected class as defined by the Minnesota Human Rights Act and is motivated by a offender bias.

Bias Incident

A bias incident is any expression whether spoken, written, symbolic or other form, which is motivated by some form of prejudice based on the victim’s real or perceived identity (i.e. sexual orientation, race, gender identity, ability, etc.)

Often, when a particular marginalized group is experiencing increased community visibility (especially when publicly highlighting oppressive or inequitable situations or events), that group will experience an increase in bias-related violent incidents. Unfortunately, with an increase in potentially divisive conversations that challenge existing social power dynamics, these attacks can occur with more brutality or a sense of social acceptance on the part of the perpetrators.

OutFront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program is dedicated to eliminating hate violence, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence/domestic violence within and against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer-identified (LGBTQ) communities across Minnesota. We complete this work through free and confidential counseling, advocacy, community organizing and education services. We use a community based advocacy approach to empower survivors and communities to feel safer and stronger.

Help is Available

If you would like to speak with a trained LGBTQ+ Anti-Violence Program advocate at OutFront Minnesota, who can connect you to resources or talk through options regarding your current situation, please call us at 800.800.0350 or email avp@outfront.org.

The helpline is answered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you don't get through, staff will contact you within 24 hours (with varying responses on the weekends). If you are in a crisis and need an immediate response, please contact the following:

  • For calls regarding domestic/intimate partner violence (more shelter) — Day One | 1.866.223.1111
  • For calls regarding sexual violence — Sexual Violence Center | 612.871.5111
  • For calls regarding Transgender support — Trans Lifeline | 877.565.8860
  • For callers who identify as LGBTQ youth — The Trevor Project | 1.866.488.7386
  • For all other calls regarding general support/mental health support — NAMI | 800.950.6264

Pro Bono

50 South Sixth Street Suite 1500 Minneapolis, MN 55402-1498­
Phone: 612-340-2600

Website strongly advertises that they fight for LGBTQ people

Free phone advice on some legal issues is available for all, additional help available for some income-qualified clients with Volunteer Lawyers Network.

Family Law & Divorce

14550 Excelsior Boulevard Suite 206 Minnetonka, MN 55345
Phone: 952-938-3411

Tera Lungstrom does mediation
 

401 Groveland Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-217-2137

Their primary focus is adoptions and John Buchholz is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

222 South Ninth Street Suite 1600 Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-208-7926

Jonathan M. Burris bills himself as a gay rights attorney

310 South 4th Avenue, Ste. 5010, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-470-0529

Cresston Gackle is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

11100 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 211 Minnetonka, MN 55305
Phone: 612-238-3031

LGBTQ divorce is an area of practice that they advertise, so LGBTQ-friendly

3200 Main St NW – Suite 370 Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Phone: 763-427-5131

They advertise their LGBTQ-friendliness with a big rainbow flag on their homepage

One West Water Street Suite 275 Saint Paul, MN 55107
Phone: 651-641-1679

Katherine is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association and particularly interested in working with LGBTQ+ client

6499 Sycamore Court, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Phone: 763-575-7930

Susan Mundahl is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association and LGBTQ+ family law is a specialty

1380 Corporate Center Curve #320 Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-968-8340

LGBTQ+ rights is listed as a practice area

Minneapolis: 333 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Bloomington: 3800 American Blvd W #1500, Bloomington, MN 55431
Minnetonka: 12800 Whitewater Dr suite 100, Minnetonka, MN 55343
Phone: 952-260-2043

This firm advertises themselves as “gay-owned and operated” and “a proud and vocal supporter of Minnesota’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community.”

Civil Rights & Police Misconduct

310 4th Avenue South Suite 5010 Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-217-4988 / 877-390-4527

Their website says that they handle employment and civil rights claims for trans people

323 Washington Ave. N T3 Building, Suite #200 Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-349-2729

They talk about sexual orientation discrimination cases on their website & Joshua Newville is a member of the MN Lavendar Bar Association

800 LaSalle Avenue Suite 2800 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Phone: 612-349-8500

This firm has partnered with OutFront in the past to offer transgender name change clinics

310 4th Ave. S., Ste. 5010, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-399-6787

Matthew Streff is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

Health Care

800 LaSalle Avenue Suite 2800 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Phone: 612-349-8500

Medical malpractice is an area of practice and this firm has partnered with OutFront in the past to offer transgender name change clinics

Employment & Discrimination

700 Central Ave NE Suite 203, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-722-4300

F. Chet Taylor is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

100 S 5th St, Suite 1200 Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-252-3570

Sexual orientation discrimination is a practice area

310 Fourth Avenue South Suite 5010 Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-206-3773

Jean Brandl is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

966 Nine Mile Cove East Hopkins, MN 55343
Phone: 952-544-7774

Sexual orientation discrimination is a practice area

11100 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 211 Minnetonka, MN 55305
Phone: 612-238-3031

Workers’ Compensation is a practice area and LGBTQ+ divorce is an area of practice that they advertise

310 4th Avenue South Suite 5010 Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-217-4988 / 877-390-4527

Their website says that they handle employment and civil rights claims for trans people

323 Washington Ave. N T3 Building, Suite #200 Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-349-2729

They talk about sexual orientation discrimination cases on their website & Joshua Newville is a member of the MN Lavender Bar Association

412 S 4th St Suite 1050 Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-294-2600

LGBTQ+ workplace discrimination is listed as a focus on their website

1380 Corporate Center Curve #320 Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-968-8340

Deal with Federal Workers’ Compensation and LGBTQ+ rights is listed as a practice area

Injury

11100 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 211 Minnetonka, MN 55305
Phone: 612-238-3031

LGBTQ+ divorce is an area of practice that they advertise

800 LaSalle Avenue Suite 2800 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Phone: 612-349-8500

This firm has partnered with OutFront in the past to offer transgender name change clinics

Immigration

The Medical Arts Building 825 Nicollet Mall, Suite 623 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402-2612
Phone: 612-724-4860

1322 Webster St, Suite 300 Oakland, CA 94612-3218
Phone: 415-233-7001

1624 Harmon Place, Suite 300-C, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-750-7188

303 East 17th Avenue Suite 585 Denver, Colorado 80203
Phone: 303-371-1822

369 Pine Street, Suite 725 San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-362-8602

909 Montgomery Street, Suite 200 San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-781-1001

55-21 69th St. 2nd Floor, Maspeth, NY 11378
Phone: 888-502-8461

870 Market Street, Suite 370 San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-392-6257

310 4th Ave. S., Ste. 5010, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-399-6787

Matthew Streff is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

1836 Westlake Ave N. Suite 302 Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-724-1940

Name & Gender Change

One West Water Street Suite 275 Saint Paul, MN 55107
Phone: 651-253-0906

Katherine is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association and particularly interested in working with LGBTQ+ clients

Wills & Estate

7362 University Avenue NE Ste 120 Fridley, MN 55432
Phone: 763-220-2983

This attorney advertises herself as an LGBTQ+ advocate

222 South Ninth Street Suite 1600 Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-208-7926

Jonathan M. Burris bills himself as a gay rights attorney
 

3200 Main St NW – Suite 370 Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Phone: 763-427-5131

They advertise their LGBTQ+-friendliness with a big rainbow flag on their homepage

One West Water Street Suite 275 Saint Paul, MN 55107
Phone: 651-641-1679 

Katherine is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association and particularly interested in working with LGBTQ+ clients

6499 Sycamore Court, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Phone: 763-575-7930

Susan Mundahl is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

1380 Corporate Center Curve #320 Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-968-8340

LGBTQ+ rights is listed as a practice area

Minneapolis: 333 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Bloomington: 3800 American Blvd W #1500, Bloomington, MN 55431
Minnetonka: 12800 Whitewater Dr suite 100, Minnetonka, MN 55343
Phone: 952-260-2043

This firm advertises themselves as “gay-owned and operated” and “a proud and vocal supporter of Minnesota’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community.”

Trial & Criminal Defense

310 Fourth Avenue South Suite 5010 Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-206-3773

Jean Brandl is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

200 South Sixth Street Suite 4000 Minneapolis, MN 55402-1425
Phone: 612-492-7000

Lousene Hoppe is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

10 South 5th Street, Suite 1005 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Phone: 612-275-0169

Kelli A. Gaborsky is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

323 Washington Ave. N T3 Building, Suite #200 Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-349-2729

They talk about sexual orientation discrimination cases on their website & Joshua Newville is a member of the MN Lavendar Bar Association

1380 Corporate Center Curve #320 Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-968-8340

LGBTQ+ rights is listed as a practice area

310 4th Ave. S., Ste. 5010, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-399-6787

Matthew Streff is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

Real Estate

222 South Ninth Street Suite 1600 Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-208-7926

Jonathan M. Burris bills himself as a gay rights attorney

3200 Main St NW – Suite 370 Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Phone: 763-427-5131

They advertise their LGBTQ+-friendliness with a big rainbow flag on their homepage

1380 Corporate Center Curve #320 Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-968-8340

LGBTQ+ rights is listed as a practice area

Small Business Law

1380 Corporate Center Curve #320 Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-968-8340

LGBTQ+ rights is listed as a practice area

Intellectual Property

7362 University Avenue NE Ste 120 Fridley, MN 55432
Phone: 763-220-2983

This attorney advertises herself as an LGBTQ+ advocate

Sexual Misconduct

800 LaSalle Avenue Suite 2800 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Phone: 612-349-8500

 

This firm has partnered with OutFront in the past to offer transgender name change clinics and childhood sexual abuse litigation is an area of practice

Elder Financial Abuse

700 Central Ave NE Suite 203, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-722-4300

F. Chet Taylor is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

Domestic Abuse & Orders For Protection

14550 Excelsior Boulevard Suite 206 Minnetonka, MN 55345
Phone: 952-938-3411

Juvenile Law

310 Fourth Avenue South Suite 5010 Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-206-3773

Jean Brandl is a member of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association