Voter Registration & Education
One of our most important activities at OutFront Minnesota is fostering an informed voting community. Through conducting voter registration & voter pledge campaigns, surveying candidates for public office, pre-election phone-banking, holding voter rallies, and publishing voter guides, OutFront Minnesota has encouraged high levels of voter turn out amongst the LGBTQ and allied communities in recent elections.
OutFront Minnesota's lobbyists work with legislators to address issues of inequality in state law concerning LGBTQ Minnesotans and to make certain bills under consideration are not harmful to the community. Coordinating efforts with other lobbyists working at the Capitol, OutFront Minnesota ensures that LGBTQ Minnesotans have a voice in the Legislature’s deliberations.
One important way in which LGBTQ Minnesotans have a voice at the Legislature is through our annual Lobby Day for LGBTQ Equity, at which constituents from across Minnesota come to the Capitol to meet with their representatives. Through face-to-face, grassroots lobbying, LGBTQ and other fair-minded Minnesotans are able to participate directly in the legislative process.
Research & Writing
Providing accurate information to legislators and the general public is vital in a climate of myths and deliberate misinformation. OutFront Minnesota provides clear and factual information to legislators regarding LGBTQ Minnesotans and the importance of the 1993 Human Rights Amendment in protecting the human rights of ALL Minnesotans.
As the leading LGBTQ organizing and lobbying organization in Minnesota, we help write and develop policy — in coordination with lawmakers — based on the experiences and concerns of our members. We know that direct, grassroots lobbying has the power to create a better and more inclusive Minnesota.
Our goal is lived equity for ALL Minnesotans.
Teamwork Is The Key!
OutFront Minnesota is a team of dedicated professionals…and YOU are the most important member of our team! It is your input that gets the legislators' attention, and, without you, all our efforts will be in vain. Securing human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Minnesotans requires all of us working together.
E-news and Action Alerts
Stay informed with OutFront Minnesota’s E-news and Action Alerts! Members receive up-to-date information on OutFront Minnesota events and news important to the LGBTQ community and it’s a great way to get involved and stay involved with OutFront Minnesota!
The in-person Lobby Day Event on April 30, 2020 has been cancelled.
We know our members and supporters look forward to our Lobby Day every year and although we’re not able to gather in-person, we’re going to continue to gather in spirit and power!
Join us for OutFront Minnesota’s Virtual Town Hall series! Our Town Halls are meant to fight off the isolation that many in our community are feeling right now, while engaging in conversations about subjects that are meaningful and important to our Minnesota LGBTQ+ Community.
Our Town Halls will be held virtually on Zoom every Sunday starting April 26th at 4pm.
Conversion Therapy Is Dangerous
“Conversion therapy,” often referred to as “reparative therapy,” “ex-gay therapy,” or “sexual orientation change efforts,” includes a range of dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation, or efforts to change a person’s gender identity or expression. These harmful practices are based on the false claim that being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ) is a mental illness that should be cured. The United Nations has even gone so far as to classify these practices as torture. Unfortunately, many LGBTQ Minnesotans are still coerced and subjected to these harmful practices, which put them at risk for serious harms such as depression, substance abuse, and suicide.
We have the chance to end it.
These cities in Minnesota have banned conversion therapy:
- Red Wing
- Saint Paul
- West Saint Paul
Sign Our Petition to Stop Conversion Therapy
Conversion Therapy Is Not an Accepted Medical Practice
Conversion therapy has been denounced by every mainstream medical and mental health association, including the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
American Psychological Association
“[The APA] advises parents, guardians, young people, and their families to avoid sexual orientation change efforts that portray homosexuality as a mental illness or developmental disorder...”
American Medical Association
“Our AMA...opposes, the use of ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapy that is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the a priori assumption that the patient should change his/her homosexual orientation.”
American Academy of Pediatrics
“Confusion about sexual orientation is not unusual during adolescence. Counseling may be helpful for young people who are uncertain about their sexual orientation or for those who are uncertain about how to express their sexuality and might profit from an attempt at clarification through a counseling or psychotherapeutic initiative. Therapy directed specifically at changing sexual orientation is contraindicated, since it can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation.”
"Addressing Conversion Therapy in Faith" — Lewis P. Zeidner, President, United Theological Seminary
"As the President of a Christian Seminary serving students entering various forms of ministry, I am compelled to speak out in support of outlawing the unchristian barbaric practice known as conversion “therapy”; a practice that has as its goal, converting all to a heterosexual orientation and cisgender identity. As the Clinical Director of a mental health crisis intervention service and a mental health clinician I see the deep emotional trauma caused by such practices as it gets expressed through suicidal thoughts and behaviors, depression and chemical dependency."
The Mental Health Protections Act Will Protect LGBTQ Minnesotans from Harmful Conversion Therapy
The Mental Health Act will protect LGBTQ people from dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing one’s sexual orientation, including efforts to change gender identity or expression. This bill will prevent mental health care providers in Minnesota from practicing conversion therapy. This legislation will:
- Protect Minnesotans from being coerced into treatments which are ineffective and which lead to depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, self-harm and suicide.
- Prevent parents from being taken advantage of by deceptive agents of the conversion therapy industry.
- Help ensure that LGBTQ people receive mental health care that is ethical, affirming, and culturally competent.
- Does NOT affect religious or individual prayer practices.
- Restrictions only apply for paid services rendered.
While we cannot know the precise number of those who have been subjected to these practices in Minnesota, we know of multiple cases of LGBTQ people experiencing attempts to change their identity within our state.
As of November, 2018, 14 states, the District of Columbia and 70 cities nationwide have restricted this harmful practice. Minnesota has the chance to continue leading on LGBTQ rights by passing the Mental Health Protections Act.
Electing Equity Candidates
To make Minnesota a better, safer place for LGBTQ+ people, we need elected officials who share our values. To win elections, we need LGBTQ+ people and allies to vote! Below you can find out how/where to vote, who our Political Action Committee has endorsed for office, how you can get involved and more.
Register To Vote
In the US, 1 out of every 5 LGBTQIA+ folks are not registered to vote. We want to change that for Minnesota. We are running a campaign to register as many Queer and Trans folks as we can. Local officials make choices for us that affect our everyday lives, such as school funding, housing, and the operation of polling locations. Check to see if you are registered to vote or register right now to vote!