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Do you know why we honor the month of June as Pride Month?

Pride month was started to commemorate the June of 1969 Stonewall Uprising/Riots. The Stonewall riots began when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Manhattan. Police officers often targeted gay bars at this time. In 1969 “homosexual acts” were illegal in every state except Illinois. Bars could also be shut down for having gay people inside them. On this particular night in June of 1969, the patrons of this bar decided to fight back again the police and it turned into a 6-day protest outside of the bar and throughout the area. 
Many say this historical event and these brave people are what launched the gay rights movement.
One year later on the anniversary of the riots, on June 28th, 1970, gay activists organized and marched in New York’s first Gay Pride Week. 

Why is the history of Pride Month important?

Consider what Pride Month means to you…

If you are seeking community, therapy, support, etc outside of pride events here are some local resources and what they offer!

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Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition 

  • “Committed to improving health care access and the quality of health care received by trans and gender non-conforming people through education, resources, and advocacy.”
  • Programs they have:
    • Shot Clinics; helping trans folks with their hormone shots 
    • Free HIV/Hepatitis C Testing and Counseling
    • Several Support Groups 
    • Transgender Health Training for healthcare professionals, clinic staff, and students in Minnesota 

Minnesota Transgender Health Alliance

  • Resources and support to all members of the transgender communities

OUTFRONT Minnesota

  • “Founded in 1987 to fight for LGBTQ justice and equity. Over the past 32 years, we have worked to ensure that our values of liberation and intersectional justice guide our work until full equality under the law and full equity in practice is realized.”
  • Some things this group has done:
    • They successfully passed a nondiscrimination law that included sexual orientation and gender identity as protected statuses in 1993
    • They defeated an anti-marriage amendment at the ballot box and passing marriage equality through the legislature in 2013
    • They also passed the Safe and Supportive Schools Act in 2014

Rainbow Health 

  • “We are as dedicated as ever to working for equitable health care access and outcomes for people who experience injustice at the intersection of health status and identity. We center individuals and communities at risk of and living with HIV or facing barriers to equitable health care access and outcomes because of their identity as gender, sexual, and/or racial minorities.”
  • They offer training and education, therapy/counseling, HIV assistance, syringe exchanges to lower the risk of HIV, and several other programs. 

The Bridge For Youth 

  • Mission: The Bridge for Youth centers youth voice, justice, and equity in all we do, and empowers youth experiencing homelessness through safe shelter, basic needs, and healthy relationships.

The Quorum

  • An organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+ and LGBT-allied businesses, corporations, nonprofits, and professionals focused on building a strong business community in Minnesota. Quorum champions the business case for a fully inclusive business community as a conduit for economic development and is a leader in the continuum of change. With over 70+ networking, education, and certification events, Quorum builds, connects, and strengthens Minnesota’s LGBTQ+ and Allied business community.

PRIDE Institute

  • “Pride Institute offers inclusive and accepting recovery programs for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Pride first opened in 1986 and has since gone on to be one of the leading providers in the area of residential and outpatient program treatment for substance use and addiction needs of the LGBTQ+ population.”

Quatrefoil Library 

  • “Quatrefoil Library is a community center that cultivates the free exchange of ideas and makes accessible LGBTQ+ materials for education and inspiration.”
  • They have many different clubs including: 
    • Fabulous Fridays which is a game/social night at the library
    • Lesbian Fiction book club
    • Queer History book club
    • Transgender book club
  • Also host some creative writing classes 

The Trevor Project

  • 24/7 Hotline for Support & Crisis (Text START to 678-678 or call 1-866-488-7386)
  • Join their online community for support
  • Get resources

Athletic Clubs/Organizations: 

  • GLASS – Midwest Gay Lesbian Athletic Association; a major player in local gay volleyball 
  • Minnesota Gay Flag Football – “seeks to promote the positive social and athletic enjoyment of American Flag Football. Through our league, events, and most importantly our players, we seek to foster and augment the self-respect of all LGBTQ+ persons and to promote respect and understanding from the larger community.”
  • Minnesota Ice Swim Club – club swim team for local LGBTQ+ swimmers 
  • Minnesota Out Sport Alliance – “A directory of Minnesota sporting organizations striving to promote amateur sports competition, for all persons regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, with special emphasis on the participation of members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.”
  • Stonewall Kickball & Dodgeball

(The above are just a few! There are so many of these, which all aim to build community.) 

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