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2007 Resource Directory

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St. Cloud OUT would like to thank OutFront Minnesota for their support and encouragement with development of St. Cloud OUT. In addition, we express our deepest gratitude to Philanthrofund for providing a start-up grant to assist us with our outreach efforts.

Referrals:
St. Cloud OUT is dedicated to providing the most complete information in our Resource Directory. If you know of another group or organization that should also be included in the St. Cloud OUT Resource Directory, please advise a member of that group or organization to simply visit our web site at stcloudout.org and complete the on-line form++.

St. Cloud OUT Web Site:
Our web site has been updated and contains more information on groups and events in the area. Visit us at stcloudout.org and check out the links and calendar pages. If your group has an event they would like to add to our calendar, simply go to our site and click Add an Event on the Calendar page++.

If you have a web site, we would be honored if you would add a link on your web site back to stcloudout.org.

Stay current with St. Cloud OUT news and events:
Members of your group or organization can subscribe to the St. Cloud OUT newsgroup by visiting our web site and selecting the Contact Us page. Simply provide your e-mail address and click Join Now!

++ St. Cloud OUT reserves the right to edit or refuse any additions to the web site or Resource Directory.

St. Cloud OUT 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Printing Date: August 2006
Web Update: August 2006


City of St. Cloud Human Rights Office

Contact Person:
Baba Odukale
City of St. Cloud Human Rights Director

Phone:
(320) 650-3133

E-mail:

Web:
http://ci.stcloud.mn.us/Web/departments/CommSvcs/HumanRights/HRights.htm

Address:
City of St. Cloud
400 Second Street South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Mission Statement:
The City of St. Cloud Human Rights Commission, works to enhance the lives of the citizens of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Region. HRC members spend a significant amount of time reviewing, studying and understanding their role as a city commission.

Audience:
All City of St. Cloud residents and others who believe that they have received unfair treatment in the City of St. Cloud based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, martial status, disability, public assistance, age, sexual orientation, family status and local human rights activity.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

X

X

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

X

X

X

Organized Meetings:
The meetings of the Human Rights Commission are open to the public and will be held on the first Tuesday of each month.  Check our web site periodically the minutes of monthly meetings.

Activities:
The Human Rights Office and Commission present a variety of community activities each year.  Educational trainings are held to promote greater understanding and appreciate of all cultures and human rights issues. Diversity is celebrated in a number of ways including the Annual Human Rights Day Celebration, held each December on the 1st Wednesday, Disability Awareness month activities in October, fair and affordable housing training and participation with a variety of community groups including St. Cloud OUT, NAACP, Disabilities Council, United Way of Central Minnesota and others to combine resources to strengthen community.


College of St. Benedict / St. John's University GLBTA Faculty / Staff

Contact Person:
Eric Felsch

Phone:
(320) 363-3792

E-mail:
[email protected]

Audience:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered faculty and staff at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

X

 

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

       

Organized Meetings:
Monthly meetings are held during the school year.  Time and places vary. Contact Eric Felsch for current information.

Activities:
Collaborating with GLBTA students on campus.  Organizing potluck social gatherings at members' homes.


College of St Benedict / St. John's University GLBT Students (PRiSM)
(PRiSM - People Representing the Sexual Minority)

Contact Person:
Maggie Lally

E-mail:
[email protected]

Web:
http://www.csbsju.edu/prism/

Mission Statement:
We are "People Representing the Sexual Minority," a club at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, and those who are family members, friends, and supporters of GLBT people.

Audience:
College of St. Benedict/St. John's University Students.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

X

X

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

X

 

 


Dignity

Contact Person:
Sheila Nelson

Phone:
(320) 654-8621

E-mail:
[email protected]

Address:
1518 11th Ave. S. 
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Mission Statement:
Dignity is organized to unite gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, to develop leadership and to be an instrument through which we may be heard by the church and society.  We believe in and celebrate the inherent dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons, and we claim our right, privilege, and duty to live the sacramental life of the church so that we might become more powerful instruments of God's love working among all people.

Audience:
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Catholics, our friends, families and allies

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

X

 

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

X

   

Activities:
We gather monthly during the academic year (generally September through May) for prayer followed by potluck and fellowship.  We meet at 5 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.  Contact Sheila Nelson for location and directions.


Element – St. Cloud Area
(formerly known as "Eclipse")

Contact Person:
Lori Proulx (320) 761-9337
Dan Anderson (320) 252-2944

E-mail:

Web:
http://www/elementstcloud.org

Address:
University Lutheran Church (use side entrance)
390 4th Ave. South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Mission Statement:
Building a Common Bond: A safe space for high school gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied youth to come together for understanding, socializing, education and social action.

Audience:
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and straight Allied youth in grades 9-12.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

X

 

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

X

   

Organized Meetings:
We meet the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7 - 9 PM.

Activities:
Activities include:  movies, food (cooking and eating), playing games, watching movies, talking, listening to music, dancing, support, learning about ourselves, and going to other events in the community.  This is a "safe space" for talk and fun and meeting new friends.


Gay and Bisexual Men's Group (GAB)

Contact Person:
Thomas

E-mail:
[email protected]

Address:
PO Box 7597
St. Cloud, MN 56302

Web:
www.scgab.org

Mission Statement:
GAB strives to be a confidential, informational, social, and community-based source of individual empowerment for gay, bisexual, and transgender men, 18 and over, of Central MN and beyond.

Audience:
Gay, bisexual and transgender men.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

X

X

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

X

X

X

Organized Meetings: 
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.: 1st/5th: visiting and social; 2nd: movie; 3rd: educational speaker; 4th: pot luck. Call for location information.

Activities:
GABskinny newsletter, birthday bash, various parties and dances.


KinPride

Contact Person:
Michael John Smith

Phone:
(320) 251-2209

E-mail:
[email protected]

Address:
2256 26th Ave S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Audience:
Viewers in the St. Cloud area and Greater Minnesota.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

   

X

 

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

     

Local Broadcasts:
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. on Charter Cable Ch.12
Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on Astound Cable Ch. 12

Synopsis:
A Talk Show about the GLBTA Community
KinPride is a 30-minute Talk-Show about the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, or GLBTA Community. It broadcasts in 9 markets throughout Minnesota. Check the web site at www.kinpride.com for complete schedule and list of GLBTA organizations. Questions or topic suggestions can be sent to , or faxed to (320) 251-2209.
Michael John Smith identifies as a Gay man and is the host of KinPride. Guests represent various GLBTA organizations and talk about what they offer, or are people in the GLBTA communities who want to share their stories. Together these resources may help others deal with certain issues, or learn more about themselves, family members, and friends.
Two important elements of KinPride are the visual perspectives given to the GLBTA communities; and dialogue created through telling the real stories of our lives. These elements may help dispel the myths and lies that have been, and continue to be, perpetuated about us. After seeing our faces, hearing our voices and stories society at large will come to realize that we deserve to be treated with dignity and respect that all human beings deserve. This is what KinPride is about!


Lutherans Concerned - St. Cloud Chapter

Contact Person(s):
Stephen Fuller

Phone:
(320) 654-0924

E-mail:
[email protected]

Address:
390 4th Ave S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Mission Statement:
Lutherans Concerned - St. Cloud is a local chapter of a nationwide organization. We are a positive christian ministry affirming gay and lesbian people.

Audience:
GLBT Christians (any denomination) and their allies.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

X
 

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

X

X
 

Organized Meetings:
Lutherans Concerned - St. Cloud usually has one meeting or social per month from September - May and one summer outing.  Meetings are usually held at University Lutheran Church of the Epiphany, 390 4th Ave. S. St. Cloud.

Activities:
Monthly meetings, including worship, discussion, speakers and social events. Meetings deal with issues of spirituality and gay identity. Lutherans Concerned also co-sponsors numerous community events.


MN Aids Project

Phone:
Toll Free: (800) 248-2437 MAP AIDSLine
TTY Toll Free: (888) 820-2437 MAP AIDSLine

E-mail:  

Address:
1400 Park Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Tel: (612) 341-2060
Fax: (612) 341-4057
TTY Metro: (612) 373-2465

Mission Statement:
The Minnesota AIDS Project envisions a world free of AIDS. Our mission is to lead Minnesota's fight to stop HIV through advocacy, education and service. Founded in 1983, the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) is a statewide, nonprofit agency committed to enhancing the lives of people living with HIV, prevention education for those at risk for HIV, and advocating for the rights of all affected by HIV. From community outreach and legal consultation to emergency financial assistance, MAP is a leader in the fight against HIV.

In partnership with more than 1,300 volunteers, we provide compassionate, confidential and non-discriminatory services, including practical, emotional and social support. In 2005, MAP directly enhanced to lives of more than one-third of the approximately 5,200 Minnesotans living with HIV. MAP also reached thousands of people with prevention messages through community and outreach efforts.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

 

X

X

 

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

X

   


OutFront Minnesota

Phone:
(612) 822-0127 or (800) 800-0350

Fax:
(612) 822-8786

E-mail:
[email protected]

Web:
www.outfront.org

Address:
310 38th Street East #204
Minneapolis, MN 55409-1337

Mission Statement:
OutFront Minnesota's mission is to make our home a place where GLBT Minnesotans have the freedom, power, and confidence to make the best choices for their own lives.

Audience:
Our organization is a community-based, membership organization that serves the statewide GLBT and allied communities of Minnesota with a wide variety of programs and services.  We are Minnesota's largest GLBT organization, and we are the only organization representing the GLBT community on a full-time basis at the Minnesota Legislature.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

X

X

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

X

X

 

Organized Meetings:
Program specific. Contact for more information.

Activities:

  • Statewide community organizing
  • Public policy, including voter registration and education, lobbying, Citizen Q Network, research and writing
  • Anti-violence programs including hate crimes reporting and domestic violence services
  • Legal advocacy
  • School Resources Program
  • Education and training
  • Community volunteering opportunities


Parents, Friends & Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Contact Person:
Warren Bradbury

Phone:
(320) 251-4966

E-mail:
[email protected]

Address:
PO Box 7641
St. Cloud, MN 56302

Mission Statement:
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

Audience:
Parents, families, friends and allies of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered people. We especially encourage parents of gay and lesbian and questionion youth. We welcome members of rainbow families. All those who seek justice for glbtq people should join us.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

X

X

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

 

 

 

Organized Meetings:
We meet the second Sunday of the month, September through May at Peace United Church of Christ, 8th Avenue and 4th Street South, St. Cloud, Minnesota.  3:00pm - 5:00pm.

Activities:
Social and support gatherings; speakers; refreshments; sharing.


Safe Spaces Training

Contact Person:
Warren Bradbury

Phone:
(320) 251-4966

E-mail:
[email protected]

Address:
1145 Bromo Avenue
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Mission Statement:
Provide education and training to public and private schools regarding GLBTA issues.

Audience:
School personnel

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

   

X

 

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

     

Activities:
Topics covered include:

  • Got Homophobia? Meeting staff where they are. Deal with Myths. Move ahead.
  • Understand Our Straight Students' Attitudes. Understand Our GLBTQ Students.
  • It's the Law (or the policy or the right thing to do or the American Way). Yes, bad things do happen to good people who don't take action.
  • Creating a Safe School.
  • Creating Safe Spaces in the School. Bringing allies out of the closet.
  • Supporting and/or Creating a Gay - Straight Alliance (GSA) and living to tell about it.
  • Teaching Tolerance and Respect. Lessons that matter. What belongs in the curriculum?
  • Telling the Parents and the World. (On second thought, why tell anyone we're doing the kind and prudent thing.)


St. Cloud Area Task Force for GLBTQA Youth

Contact Person:
Dan Anderson

Phone:
(320) 252-2944 or (320) 743-2241

E-mail:
[email protected]

Address:
210 3rd Street S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Mission Statement:
Foster and support the development of a healthy GLBTQA youth organization and, through a youth and adult partnership, provide a foundation for the creation of a strong and safe community in our schools.

Audience:
Adults and Youth

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

X

X

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

X

X

 

Organized Meetings:
6:00 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of every month at the University Lutheran Church of the Epiphany, 390 Fourth Ave. So., St. Cloud, MN

Activities:
Public Presentations, Outreach Events
 


St. Cloud OUT

E-mail:
[email protected]

News Group:
[email protected]

Web:
stcloudout.org

Mission Statement:
St. Cloud OUT exists to serve the needs of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied (GLBTA) community in the tri-county St. Cloud area, and to provide solidarity and support to area GLBTA organizations:

  • by fostering communication among the various groups
  • by supporting established groups and new initiatives undertaken by the GLBT community and its allies
  • by representing the GLBT community to the general public

Audience:
GLBTA individuals in the greater St. Cloud area.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

 

X

X

 

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

X

X

X

Organized Meetings:
The second Thursday of every month. Refer to the Calendar page at stcloudout.org for time and location.

Activities:
Annual GLBT Film Festival, publication of the Resource Directory and other community events and educational opportunities


St. Cloud State University GLBT Services

Contact Person:
TBD

Phone:
(320) 308-5166

E-mail:
[email protected]

Web:
www.stcloudstate.edu/glbt

Address:
Atwood Memorial Center B105
St. Cloud State University
720 4th Ave S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Mission Statement:
To provide education, advocacy, resources, referrals and safe spaces for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and allied students, faculty and staff. GLBT Services empowers students, faculty and staff to create sensitive environments in all realms of the university as we work to foster a positive environment.

Audience:
SCSU Students, faculty and staff, and the surrounding St. Cloud community.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

X

X

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

X

X

X

Organized Meetings:
Many. Please call.

Activities:
Many. Please call.


St. Cloud State University GLBT Alliance

Contact Person:
Joannie Reckard

Phone:
(320) 308-5755

E-mail:
[email protected]

Web:
www.stcloudstate.edu/glbt

Address:
105 Atwood Memorial Center
St. Cloud State University
720 Fourth Ave S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Mission Statement:
The Peer Support Program provides support for students who may be questioning their sexual orientation, sexuality, or gender, going through the coming out process, experiencing discrimination, or having other personal problems.

The program also empowers peer supporters by giving them the opportunity to gain the skills they need to become educated and knowledgeable about issues concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Audience:
The Peer Support Program is utilized by under-graduate and graduate students at St.Cloud State University as well as surrounding community members.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

 

X

X
 

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X
     

Who are Peer Supporters?
Peer Supporters are under-graduate and graduate students that are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allys that are able to provide support and a listening ear. They are individuals who attend specific training to become better educated about what it means to be an effective peer supporter as well as learning more about sexual orientation, sexuality, and gender identity issues.

Activities:
Individuals can access the Peer Support Program by calling 308-5755 or using the E-mail address.
Individuals interested in becoming a Peer Supporter can do the same, or by calling the GLBT office at (320) 308-5166 and leave a message for Joannie.


St. Cloud State University OutLoud

Contact Person:
TBD

Phone:
(320) 308-5166

E-mail:
[email protected]

Web:
www.stcloudstate.edu/glbt

Address:
Atwood Memorial Center 131
St. Cloud State University
720 4th Ave S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Mission Statement:
Out Loud! is an activist-oriented group responsible for planning Out Proud Week and other attention-grabbing events. It is a student organization whose theme is to build bridges and coalitions. For more information contact Outloud! at or at their office, AMC 131.

Audience:
SCSU Students, faculty and staff, and the surrounding St. Cloud community.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

X

X

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

X

X

X

X

Organized Meetings:
MeetingTimes: Wednesdays 3:30 PM
Place: Oak Room (Atwood Memorial Center)

Activities:
*Are you interested in GLBT activism and education? Then the student group OutLoud may be for you! If you are interested please contact for more information.


Women of St. Cloud Social Group

Contact Person:
Cat Miller

E-mail:
[email protected]

Mission Statement:
We are an informal group of LBT women in the greater St. Cloud area who meet monthly for social support.

Audience:
Lesbian, Bi and questioning women.

Purpose Summary:

Social

Support

Advocacy

Activism

X

X

   

Education

Events

Coalition

Financial

       

Organized Meetings:
Activities are planned on a monthly basis. Please contact Char for more information about upcoming gatherings.

Activities:
Potlucks, road trips to MN Lynx games, outdoor activities, etc.

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