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LGBTQ Resources

Information specifically for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer) persons with a mental illness is often hard to find. Below are some resources, links and fact sheets.

Awareness

It's Time to Talk about Suicide in the LGBTQ Communities

LGBTQ Connection Support Group

NAMI offers a support group for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer) community. The support groups are a safe place to confront the challenges that many members of LGBTQ communities face such as social isolation, stigma, discrimination, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. A group meets every Saturday from 1:00-2:30 p.m., at Living Table United Church of Christ, 3805 E. 40th St., in Minneapolis, contact David at 612-920-3925.

Facilitators Sought for LGBTQ Connection groups

If you are interested in training to become a support group facilitator for an LGBTQ Connection group, please contact Morgan at 651-645-2948 x121 or mcaldwell@namimn.org.

Local LGBTQ Resource Links

* Reclaim, an organization that does mental health for LGBTQ youth, 771 University Ave., St. Paul
* Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, 3405 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis
* OutFront Minnesota - The organization's Anti-Violence Program works with LGBTQ survivors of violence in a variety of different ways.offer a crisis line, individual peer counseling, court accompaniment, advocacy, community based support groups, and communication education/outreach. 612-822-0127.
* Rainbow Health Initiative - local LGBT health organization with helpful tips with interacting with providers
* Minnesota LGBTQ Directory
* Gender Education Center

It Gets Better: Youth Suicide Prevention Campaign

Dan Savage (of the advice column Savage Love) has launched a new video campaign aimed at preventing suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. The campaign, titled It Gets Better, encourages LGBT adults to create a video about their lives to show youth who are having a hard time in high school that life gets better. The goal is to provide LGBT youth with hope and positive role models to help them make it through the often challenging high school years.

LGBTQ Health Care Disparities

Every year the Rainbow Health Initiative does a survey at the Pride Festival on health issues and concerns for LGBTQ Minnesotans. Here is the report from the 2016 survey: Voices of Health Report, 2016

LGBTQ and Health Insurance

Find out about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what it means for LGBTQ Americans, here.
What the Affordable Care Act Means for LGBTQ families, here.

NAMI LGBTQ Fact Sheets

Basic Steps Toward LGBT Affirmative Health Practice
Being an Ally for LGBT People
Double Stigma: LGBT People Living with a Mental Illness
GLBT Treatment Disparities
GLBT Terminology
Mental Health Issues Among GLBT People
Mental Health Issues for GLBT People
Mental Health Risk Factors Among GLBT Youth
Suicidal Behavior in LGBT Youth
Tips and Resources for Family & Friends of GLBT People
What GLBT Consumers May Bring to Interactions with the Healthcare System 

More LGBTQ Links

MN LGBT Therapists' Network: A grassroots network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-identified / affirming mental health and social service workers and their allies in Minnesota. The website features a directory of providers.

Meridian Residential Program: New residential program in St. Paul for LGBTQ people with mental illness and chemical dependency.

Pride Institute: The nation's first GLBT-specific mental health and chemical dependency treatment facility. They offer in-patient treatment and other options at a retreat-like setting in Eden Prarie, MN.

OutFront Minnesota: Minnesota's leading GLBT advocacy organization.

The University of Minnesota's Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life programs office is dedicated to improving campus climate for all University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality.

PFLAG Twin Cities: Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Persons. An organization providing support, education and advocacy for GLBT people and their families.
Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists http://www.aglp.org/

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force http://www.thetaskforce.org/

LGBT and Aging http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/

National Youth Advocacy CoalitionThe National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) is a national social justice organization working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people to strengthen the role of young people in the LGBTQ rights movement.