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Resources for Queer and Trans Youth

Mental Health

  • Common Ground is a community meditation center based in Minneapolis dedicated to the practice of mindfulness. Common ground has both queer and POC specific community and meditation groups.

  • The Family Partnership provides culturally relevant mental health counseling to members of the transgender community and their families. Therapists can work with individuals to explore gender identity and to develop and pursue gender goals.

  • The MN LGBT Therapist Network provides information on accessing mental health services for LGBT individuals in Minnesota.

  • Two Spirit/Native LGBTQ program creates safe space for socializing and re-connection with cultural teachings that hold Two Spirits in high esteem. Through the development of therapeutic community based in cultural strengths, participants improve their individual mental, emotional, and spiritual well being while also challenging the broader American Indian and mainstream LGBT communities to address biases that serve to keep Two Spirit people in conditions of extreme health disparity.

  • For any trans person in crisis of any kind, the Trans Lifeline runs a national hotline staffed by trans people for trans people
    Crisis line: (877) 565-8860

  • T-FFED is a collective of trans/gender diverse folx and allies who believe eating disorders in marginalized communities are social justice issues. They are based in Los Angeles but have national reach in their trainings, support structures, and impact. T-FFED also offers an online Facebook support group for trans and gender diverse individuals struggling with eating disorders.

  • National crisis line and counseling for LGBTQ youth
    24-hour crisis line: (866) 488-7386
    Text “Trevor” to (202) 304-1200 or chat online.


  • Based in Minneapolis, the Aliveness Project provides meals, a foodshelf, therapy, and care-advocacy for people with HIV/AIDS.

  • Family Tree is committed to providing comfortable, competent, and accessible care to trans and gender non-conforming patients. Family Tree’s services include, but are not limited to, trans-affirming gynecological care, STI testing and treatment, birth control, including methods that are compatible with transition-related hormones, trans hormone care, and limited primary care services.

  • Formerly Rainbow Health Initiative and the Minnesota AIDS Project, JustUs Health works for equitable health care access and outcomes for people who experience injustice at the intersection of health status and identity. JustUs Health centers 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.

  • The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition provides education, services, and advocacy to improve access to and quality of healthcare for transgender individuals. They offer a shot clinic, health services, training, and support groups.

  • OutCare Health is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the purpose of providing extensive information and education on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) healthcare to providers and the public. OutCare has a national directory of LGBTQ culturally-competent providers, a nationwide LGBTQ public resource database, a diverse Mentorship Program, and cultural competency trainings.

  • The Shot Clinic provides support to anyone in administering shots, learning how to administer shots, and also provides free needles and supplies. Many of those administering the shots are trans and are able to answer hormone specific questions. The clinic also offers a needle exchange, support groups, and referrals to other trans friendly health providers.

  • The University of Minnesota Youth and AIDS Project (YAP) provides services to youth aged 13 – 24 to prevent and maintain their HIV status.

Substance Abuse and Recovery

  • Out & Sober Minnesota is an organization dedicated to re-connecting recovering LGBTQA addicts and alcoholics to the community by hosting social and educational events.

  • Providing in- and out-patient treatment for LGBT individuals in the Twin Cities and beyond. Pride specializes in the treatment of Substance Abuse, Sexual Health and co-occurring Mental Health issues and their manifestations within LGBTQ+ clients.

  • Queer in Recovery NA

    Queer/trans NA meeting at the Mothership. Members do pronoun checks and have removed the gendered and “god” language from the weekly readings to be a welcoming environment to people of any or no religions and genders. Meets Wednesdays from 8:30-10pm at 425 Cedar Ave. in Minneapolis.

  • Open meeting for queer, trans and GNC folks struggling with substance abuse of any kind. This meeting emphasizes maintaining a safe space to talk about the intersections of substance use, queerness, and gender identity. Group meets every Tuesday from 8:15-9:15pm at All God’s Children Metro Community Church in Minneapolis.

  • A DIY syringe exchange service that provides a confidential, non-judgmental, safer space with free access to syringes, works, naloxone and more. Free rapid HIV testing by the Aliveness Project also provided. Every Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm at 425 Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.


  • The mission of Avenues for Homeless Youth is to provide emergency shelter, short-term housing and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Through such service, Avenues seeks to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood. Avenues offers the GLBT Host Home Program specifically for queer youth experiencing homelessness.

  • The Bridge for Youth is for LGBTQ youth aged 10 to 17 who are experiencing homelessness. The center offers a hotline, crisis counseling, transitional programs and various ongoing support and counseling.

  • Face to Face provides counseling, healthcare, and numerous resources for youth 11-23 facing homelessness.

  • YouthLink provides services to youth aged 16 – 23 who are facing homelessness gain access to basic services and support, including an LGBTQ+ specific support group.


  • Out4Good, a program in the Minneapolis Public Schools system, aims to create safe and supportive schools for GLBT students, families, teachers and staff.

  • Out for Equity is a Saint Paul Public School District program that strives to maintain a safe and welcoming school environment that fosters positive self esteem, respect for others and academic success for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, staff members and families.

  • The Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) is committed to advancing the sexual health of Minnesota, the nation, and the world through preeminence in research, education, clinical service, and advocacy. The PHS approach to transgender health care is comprehensive and offers individual, group, and family psychotherapy, psychiatry services, specialty medical care, hormone therapy, consultation and advocacy about gender issues, and referrals for surgical interventions for trans and GNC folks of all ages.

  • Queer Science is a University of Minnesota Twin Cities program aimed at LGBTQ+ high school students. The group holds events for youth to engage with graduate students and professors surrounding topics in STEM and the experience of being an LGBTQ+ scientist.

Family Support

  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. The Twin Cities Chapter is proud to serve the metro area through support of LGBT individuals.

  • Transforming Families is a volunteer-based peer led support group aimed towards transgender and gender-nonconforming youth and their families. Transforming Families is not a therapy group. It is a group of families that support each other through sharing experiences.


  • OutFront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program (AVP) is a broad-based effort to end violence and harassment against and within LGBTQA-identified communities in Minnesota. AVP works to build safety and power of survivors and community members as well as work to create opportunities for support and healing through the provision of crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, community education and outreach.

  • OutFront Minnesota is a community-based LGBTQ rights organization. Their justice team provides peer support and mentoring to trans people. They also provide legal services for trans individuals, including legal guidance in cases of discrimination.

  • Gender justice is a nonprofit legal and policy advocacy organization devoted to addressing the causes and consequences of gender inequality, including trans and GNC legal issues.