Find community and resources with the following organizations and efforts. While OutFront Minnesota has not worked with or vetted each organization, effort or campaign listed, we are excited to promote resources and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ people. Please do your own research before providing any organization with personal information or resources. Please email sami@outfront.org if you would like to be listed as a resource. In solidarity, your friends at OutFront Minnesota.

General Information

Precautions and recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health. Available in multiple languages.

Guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, including situation updates, information about COVID-19, and resources for health care providers, schools, and employers. Available in multiple languages.

This free Star Tribune article is updated multiple times a day with the latest COVID-19 updates in Minnesota.

Governor Walz announced a new dashboard for COVID-19 information from the state government. This is a valuable resource for any questions you have about resources available to Minnesotans.

Our Virtual Town Halls are meant to fight off the isolation that many in our community are feeling right now, while engaging in conversations that are meaningful and important to our Minnesota LGBTQ+ Community. We’re gathering in spirit and power! Our Town Halls will be every Sunday at 4pm, starting April 26th. Check out our topics and tune in!

LGBTQ+-Specific

The Anti-Violence Program at OutFront Minnesota is currently accepting applications from LGBTQ+ individuals living in Minnesota, for immediate financial relief.  If you identify as LGBTQ+, have been impacted by COVID-19 and/or have experienced violence, please apply.

Anti-Violence Crisis Line 

612.822.0127 option 3

advocate@outfront.org

An article with advice for seeking emergency care if you're trans. 

An article with helpful guidelines and graphics about chest binding. 

A guide from the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund.

As the worldwide spread of COVID-19 has spiraled into a pandemic, national health organizations are warning that some members of the LGBTQ community may be “particularly vulnerable” to the effects of the virus.

COVID-19, also referred to as novel coronavirus, is a new virus, and there is still much to learn about the severity of this outbreak. However, we know that transgender people and their families may have a lot of questions about how they can properly face this public health threat.

Here’s a video The Dresscode Project put together for short-haired folks who need to take matters into their own hands for this social distancing time!

Information and resources from the HRC Foundation and SAGE.

Search for therapists from Minnesota’s LGBTQ+ community who are dedicated to your mental health.

A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.

(866) 488-7386

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) National Hotline provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.

(800) 246-7743

Peer support & crisis hotline for trans folks.

(877) 565-8860

Domestic Violence

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.

Anti-Violence Crisis Line 

612.822.0127 option 3

advocate@outfront.org

Day One is a statewide network of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, youth-and community-advocacy programs in Minnesota. Day One hosts the Minnesota Day One Crisis Line which connects individuals seeking safety and resources to service agencies statewide via phone, text or chat message. The Day One Call Center also answers calls, texts and chat messages to the Minnesota Crime Victim Support Line.

Crisis hotline

1.866.223.1111

Self-isolation during the pandemic can be dangerous for those in abusive relationships. Resources are limited, but there are options.

The Minnesota Elder Justice Center provides support, information and resources to older and vulnerable adults and their loved ones around issues of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

Information on vulnerable adult protection and elder abuse from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Office of the Ombudsman for Long Term Care: 1-800-657-3591 (advocacy and support for those receiving long term care services)

Senior LinkAge Line: 1-800-333-2433 (general resource for older adults seeking information on a wide range of subjects)

Emergency Relief/Mutual Aid Funds

The Anti-Violence Program at OutFront Minnesota is currently accepting applications from LGBTQ+ individuals living in Minnesota, for immediate financial relief.  If you identify as LGBTQ+, have been impacted by COVID-19 and/or have experienced violence, please apply.

Black Trans COVID-19 Community Response Grant Program provides rapid response funds to individuals at their point of need during a government declared crisis. Financial assistance is provided for emergency food, shelter, utilities, transportation and health care to ensure the basic needs of our most vulnerable populations are met.

A list of local and national mutual aid funds with links and descriptions.

A fund for Black and LGBTQ+ migrant* or first generation** people in urgent need of cash assistance ($250 - $500) as a result of COVID-19. BLMP has a limited amount of funding for cash assistance so priority will be given to those who are undocumented or under-documented, currently or formerly detained, trans and/or nonbinary, living with disabilities, illnesses or are immunocompromised, living with HIV/AIDS or do not benefit from the economic stimulus package.

 

A list of mutual aid funds and resources compiled by Women for Political Change.

Family & Youth

Free printable worksheets and educational activities to help making learning fun. Resources arranged by grade or subject.

The YMCA has opened 38 locations across Minnesota to provide access to distance learning and care to children in kindergarten through sixth grade, coordinating with school districts. The YMCA program will prioritize tier two emergency workers, for which some school districts have not been able to accommodate and be open to other school age children.

Bullying that happens on social media is just as harmful as other bullying — and sometimes it’s even worse. That’s because it’s hard to get away from and it can reach people no matter where they are or what they’re doing. Planned Parenthood has put together a list of things to do if you are experiencing cyberbullying. 

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

Borrow eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, stream music or try the Libby app.

Financial

Information about applying for unemployment benefits due to COVID-19 in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) has introduced a website that will be updated daily with resources from financial counseling to food insecurity for Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An article listing several national companies currently hiring full-time, part-time, and temporary workers.

All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency. This will allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest.

Food

Meals on Wheels is a community-based service that provides fresh, nutritious meals delivered directly to the homes of seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the Twin Cities.

A list of food pantries in Minnesota organized by city or searchable by address. 

A list of food shelves in the Northeast Minnesota Food Shelf Network, including hours and contact information.

SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of families in need.

Certified Metro Mobility customers and existing Transit Link customers can now order groceries and household essentials online from a store that has online shopping and local pick up. You can book same day or in advance, for groceries and household essentials, just like you book a ride for yourself. You’ll receive your delivery within 60 minutes of the scheduled pickup time.

Housing

HOME Line provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems.

Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order suspending evictions in Minnesota as the state moves to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

Grant applications are open 9:00AM Wednesday, April 22 through 12:00PM Monday, April 27.

Internet Access

Look for the “City of Minneapolis Public WiFi” or “USI Wireless” networks on your mobile device and you will be connected. The process is similar to using Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or the airport.

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.

A guide for navigating available assistance programs and eligibility requirements to find low-cost provider options.

Legal

This is where you can file some court cases online through the system. It’s a guided system that will walk you through the filing process for: harassment restraining orders, orders for protection, conciliation court, divorces, and evictions.

Starting March 23, 2020, Minnesota courts will be restricting in-person access to courthouses. 

Please visit the website to determine if your hearing is taking place and to get more information.

HOME Line provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems.

This website includes a fact sheet about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, as well as legal information about other forms of paid sick time rights.

Answers from LawHelpMN to a variety of legal questions.

Mental Health

A directory of online AA meetings, including a list of speaker tape apps and websites.

Mental health resources and support geared toward young people.

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.

A list and map of children's mental health crisis response phone numbers in Minnesota.

Mental health resources for adults in Minnesota.

Pride Institute is committed to providing LGBTQ+ people with an inclusive and accepting place for recovery through evidence-based treatment for substance abuse, sexual health and mental health.

Text MN to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

Mental health crises resources from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

A queer-friendly therapy provider offering sliding scale virtual counseling.

Physical Health

Healthcare information for undocumented people, including a list of health centers and other resources by state.

MNsure is offering a special enrollment period (SEP) for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance in response to the potential growth of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. This SEP will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure. 

This SEP runs Monday, March 23 through Tuesday, April 21.

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

A video from the Surgeon General about how to create a face covering using items you likely have at home. 

A comprehensive list of steps you can take to keep your home and frequently-touched areas clean.

Self-Care

Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty including free meditations, FAQs, and an ask-an-expert column.

Advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about managing your stress and anxiety.

Shelter

Individuals seeking shelter in Hennepin County need to visit the Adult Shelter Connect (ASC) for an assessment and placement at one of the Minneapolis shelters. The ASC operates on behalf of the Single Adult Shelter Collaborative which is made up of the five agencies providing shelter to single individuals over age 18 in Hennepin County. The Single Adult Shelter Collaborative includes the following agencies: Catholic Charities, Our Saviour’s, St. Stephens, Salvation Army, and Simpson Housing Services.

Avenues supports youth ages 16-24 in Hennepin County with finding housing.

A website to help find housing in Minnesota.

A resource for finding shelters throughout the state. 

For emergency housing, text 612-400-7233 or call 612-377-8800.

Small Business

Information and resources for employers and businesses in Minnesota.

A list of resources for businesses, employers, and employees by Twin Cities Quorum.

This temporary program, established in response to the 2020 public health emergency, will help Minnesota lenders provide capital to small businesses in Minnesota affected by COVID-19. 

Get information on coronavirus (COVID-19) tax relief for businesses and tax-exempt entities.

Information from USDA Rural Development to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Xenophobia/Racism

An article about anti-Asian discrimination related to COVID-19.

An article about the importance of language with respect to how it spreads racism.

We have seen an increase in hate crimes against our Asian-American neighbors. These instances are absolutely unacceptable, and we encourage you all speak up for those who are experiencing harassment and discrimination during this time. Reports of discrimination can be made at 651-539-1133 or 1-800-657-3704, or here.

Black MN COVID-19 Response is a coalition of Black organizers and organizations, from across the state of Minnesota, putting forward a collective agenda to address the harmful impacts of COVID-19 on all our communities. Together, we are ensuring the needs and lives of Black people are at the center of the solutions. 

How a bigoted remark at the grocery store exposed how some in my community see me in the age of COVID-19.

The systems that are supposed to protect us are failing many members of our community. In our coronavirus survey, LGBTQ+ and allied Minnesotans wrote about being out of work, financial struggles, anti-Asian racism, a lack of equipment for health professionals, and many other challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Wall Street has already been bailed out to the tune of a trillion dollars. Now Minnesota’s Main Street needs a basic safety net to catch all of us.

Please email your MN lawmakers now to voice support for a comprehensive COVID-19 response package for Minnesotans.

Thank you to the many people who filled out our coronavirus survey! Your stories are important, and they help inform our COVID-19 response policy asks and other ways we'll be supporting our community.

We don’t know what’s coming next, but we do know that Minnesotans on the margins, especially LGBTQ+ youth, elders, immigrant communities and communities of color, are already being hit the hardest. Middle class and working class Minnesotans are struggling more than ever.

That's why we're asking for emergency shelters, food access for every Minnesotan, hazard pay and safety for front-line workers, health care access for all, emergency unemployment benefits, emergency assistance for small businesses, policies to ensure housing stability, protections against domestic violence, and other critical resources and protections.

Add your voice to the chorus of people calling for action by emailing your Minnesota lawmakers now.

Your voice can help convince the Minnesota Legislature to support the most vulnerable among us during the COVID-19 response.

Cat Salonek
she/her/hers
Director of Policy & Organizing

P.S. We need the Minnesota legislature to put safety nets in place that will protect marginalized communities now and in the years to come. Ask your lawmakers to support a comprehensive safety net now for all Minnesotans.

Like most of us, I’m feeling a lot of anxiety right now. I am particularly anxious because in moments of crisis, it is the most marginalized people in our community who are also the most vulnerable. That's why it is so important that we stay connected and support each other even while we are physically distant.

Would you fill out this survey to share how the coronavirus is impacting you and how OutFront can support you and others in our community?

No matter who we are, getting sick reminds us that at our core we’re all just human. But for too long, we’ve let a powerful few divide us to pad their own profits by making life and health a product for sale and blocking our efforts to ensure paid time to care for our loved ones and recover ourselves. We must rewrite the rules to ensure everyone can access the care that we need without fearing we’ll go bankrupt to do it. This is a moment that we must stand with and for each other across our differences and against anything and anyone who seeks to divide us.

Unfortunately, we know that LGBTQ+ people are at particular risk for COVID19. Last week, OutFront joined more than 100 LGBTQ+ organizations in saying: "As LGBTQ+ community and health leadership, the undersigned organizations offer to stand shoulder to shoulder with the mainstream health leadership to make sure we learn from history and do not allow any population to be disproportionately impacted or further stigmatized by a virus."

As LGBTQ+ people and allies, we know what it means to be there for each other. For some of us, this crisis might bring up previous traumas and hardships. Others are facing new challenges we never could have anticipated.

We see you, and we love you.

Even while our world is uncertain and changing, let’s stick together (figuratively for now).

Tell us how OutFront can best support you and advocate for you over the coming weeks and months.

This moment calls on us to go all in for all of us. I am already so inspired by how many people are advocating for change in the face of this crisis.

Together, we will continue to work towards a world full of love and compassion and care for each other.

Thank you for being a champion of equality. We are so grateful for you, and we are holding you close in our hearts. We will pull through this by pulling together.

In solidarity,

Monica Meyer
Executive Director
she/her pronouns

Thank you for being here. We wrote this survey to hear what our community needs most during the COVID-19 pandemic, including both things that OutFront can provide and things OutFront could advocate to get for our community.

We also want to learn how you're interested in staying connected with our community and advocating for LGBTQ+ equity in our new reality of social distancing.