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First Christian Church is a coalition partner with MnSOC (Minnesota School Outreach Coalition). MnSOC’s mission is to create healthy learning enviroments for youth that are inclusive, supportive, and safe; and where dual orientation and gender identity/expressions are respected. MnSOC hosts the Q-Qwest daylong event for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Allied youth to enjoy workshops, food, dancing, conversation, and art with a couple hundred other LGBTQA youth from across the metro & greater metro area.
We host the First Saturdays Youth Community & Social Event. First Saturdays holds space for positive development of all queer youth, ages 11-18, through engaged community partnerships. For 2017-18, the dates will be Nov. 4, Jan. 6, Mar. 3 and May 5 from 3-5 pm.
First Christian Church is also an “AllianceQ” congregation through Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance, members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), called to join in God’s work of transforming the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) into a just and inclusive church that welcomes persons of all gender expressions and sexual identities into the full life and leadership of the church.
As part of our Open Table mission, we aim to be a resource for GLBT youth and their families. Below are a variety of resources available in our community:
Center for Disease Control — LGBT Youth: overview of LGBT youth health issues and resources.
The Family Tree Clinic: serves LGBTQ communities through our outreach, education, and clinic services.
SHIFT MN: Shift MN fights for healthier LGBTQ communities by severing ties with corporate tobacco through education, advocacy, social media, and policy.
Youth and AIDS Project: housed within the U Of M Dept. of Pediatrics providing care to youth & families
Avenues for Homeless Youth: provides emergency shelter, short-term housing and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment.
The Bridge for Youth: help youth and families build the bridge from crisis to connection.
Youth Services Network: provides up-to-the minute information on services available, from beds at shelters to outreach workers available to talk to and more.
Mental Health/Crisis Assistance/Support Groups:
Canvas Health Crisis Connection: provides 24 hour crisis counseling counseling by telephone.
Face to Face: a non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of youth ages 11–23 that offers health care, counseling, and programs for homeless youth.
Minnesota Transgender Alliance: providing resources and support to all members of the transgender community. Building relationships through fellowship and understanding.
National Alliance on Mental Illness in Minnesota: resources and classes for LGBTQ youth
RECLAIM: aims to increase access to mental health support so LGBT youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms.
Trevor Project: the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
YouthLink: empowering youth to shape their futures by providing a safe, supportive, respectful and responsive community of excellence.
Resources for Parents:
Camp True Colors: Camp True Colors – Minnesota is for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth ages 13-18 who may or may not be participating in an out-of-home program. This camp focuses on building a positive community and provides a safe and stigma-free place for its participants. Activities available include canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and talent shows. Education sessions on topics relevant to the LGBT community are also provided.
PFLAG: promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends.
OutFront Minnesota: a wide variety of programs and resources.
Transforming Families: an inclusive and safe space for families with transgender and questioning youth to come together as a community which promotes self-awareness, resources, and visibility through advocacy.
School & Community Resources:
Minnesota School Pride GSA Network: In partnership with Out 4 Good and Out For Equity, OutFront Minnesota has established a new statewide GSA Network to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied (LGBTQA) middle and high school groups and provide students and advisors with support, education, and leadership development.
Out for Equity: GLBT support services for St. Paul Public Schools.
Out 4 Good: GLBT support services for the Minneapolis Public Schools.
Go Grad: Information on scholarships for LGBTQ students. The first part is graduate scholarships, scroll down to the bottom of the page for information on undergraduate resources.
The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide for Writing About Transgender People: The purpose of this guide is to help people of all gender identities and experiences practice more care toward those on the margins. Trans people must be understood as the authorities on ourselves and the language used to describe us.