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 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.

    What Our Program Staff and Volunteers Do

    • 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.

    Help is Available 24/7

    24-hours per day you can speak to a trained violence counselor by dialing 3 from OutFront Minnesota's InfoLine at 612.822.0127 or 800.800.0350.

    AVP Pop-Up Hours

    Our trained staff partner with Family Tree Clinic to provide a monthly pop-up the first Tuesday of every month!

    Our pop-up hours are an opportunity to meet our advocates, learn about the work we do, get involved with our program, and find the support you need! Advocates will be available to talk about resources and provide referrals to other LGBTQ-positive service providers. We will also be able to talk with individuals about personal concerns in a safe, supportive, and private space.

    Family Tree Clinic
    1619 Dayton Ave, Suite 205
    Saint Paul, MN 55104
    2pm - 5pm
    (Every First Tuesday)

    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

    City of Lakes Crossgender Community

    Trans* support group and social organization

    Metro

    Common Ground Meditation Center

    DharmaCore Queer Meditation Community is a weekly sitting group open to all members of the LGBTQQI community; DharmaCore Queer Meditation Community, Gay Men’s Group

    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

    Statewide

    Minnesota AIDS Project

    Statewide HIV/AIDS prevention and education

    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

    National Alliance on Mental Illness

    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

    So What If I Am?

    Drop-in group for youth ages 10-17, providing support for people at all stages of coming out

    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

    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 Same-Sex Domestic & Partner Violence to Light

    OutFront Minnesota is proud to have been at the forefront of same-sex domestic abuse intervention for years. We are truly 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, gay and lesbian 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-related services and will provide referrals, but not direct services, for those seeking help with their own abusive behavior.

    Help is Available 24/7

    24-hours per day you can speak to a trained domestic violence counselor by dialing 3 from OutFront Minnesota's InfoLine at 612.822.0127 or 800.800.0350.

    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

    SafeZone

    A drop-in center for homeless youth ages 14–24 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 experience sexual harassment or violence in the workplace or in any environment contact us. We can help. 

    Help is Available 24/7

    24-hours per day you can speak to a trained violence counselor by dialing 3 from OutFront Minnesota's InfoLine at 612.822.0127 or 800.800.0350.

    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 24/7

    24-hours per day you can speak to a trained violence counselor by dialing 3 from OutFront Minnesota's InfoLine at 612.822.0127 or 800.800.0350.