Patient Toolkit

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Created By Rainbow Health Initiative

This toolkit was created as a quick reference guide that is easy to read and use, specifically to empower LBGTQ Minnesotans who are seeking competent health and human services. There are also useful definitions, terms and a master resource list! Feel free to skip from section to section, and remember to reach out for help.

This toolkit should not be read as legal or medical advice or counsel. Take precaution and meet with professionals and advocates as necessary to shape your actions.


We all deserve to be healthy, to be cared for, and to have our needs met, not despite our sexual orientation or gender identities but because of them. It is important that we all begin with a shared definition of health. The World Health Organization defines health as “…a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Starting from this definition, health goes beyond recovering from an illness or receiving correct medication, and actively includes having a fulfilling life with dignity and stability. As you look to seek out care, you deserve care that authentically sees you and empowers you toward your individual health goals. Your story matters. You matter.

Welcome to the Minnesota lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Patient Toolkit, originally designed by Rainbow Health Initiative. If you are new to the state, new to pursuing health care, or simply looking to expand your understanding, we hope that this Toolkit will guide your learning. This Toolkit covers Minnesota-specific information on health care plans, legal rights, and advocacy, as well as information on self-care, shaping patient/provider relationships and local resources for food, housing and social support.

Lead authors in alphabetical order

Indie Lewis – MPH Candidate: University of Minnesota

EJ Olson – MA: Rainbow Health Initiative


Dylan Flunker – MPP: Rainbow Health Initiative

Heidi Johnson – MA: Rainbow Health Initiative


Emma Marchese

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LGBTQ Groups, Services, and Support

While this guide offers practical input and help for medical needs, it is important to acknowledge that health doesn’t stop at a care provider’s office. This resource list is distinct from resources listed in previous sections, as it focuses beyond health care access and provides avenues to meet other needs to thrive in Minnesota.

Business Directory Services

Twin Cities Quorum
18 North 12th Street #3606
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Educational Services

Out for Equity

345 Plato Blvd.

St. Paul, MN 55107


Elder Care Support Group

Minnesota LGBTQ Caregivers Group

Online only

Scheduled meets through website

Family Events/Meet Services

Not a therapy support group

Transforming Families

Online only

Local meetings posted

Not a therapy support group

Family Resources

Families Like Mine

Online only

Food Services

Food Pantries

Locations throughout the state

Healing Arts And Healing Justice

Peoples Movement Center

736 East 41st Street

Minneapolis, MN 55407


Health and Therapy Services (Including Hormone Therapy)

University of Minnesota Center for Sexual Health

1300 2nd St. S #180

Minneapolis, MN 55454


Community Hormone Access Project (Through Trans Youth Support Network)

HIV And AIDS Services

The Aliveness Project

3808 Nicollet Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55409


Housing Services

Avenues for Youth: GLBT Host Program

1708 Oak Park Avenue North

Minneapolis, MN 55411


Bridge for Youth

1111 West 22nd Street

Minneapolis, MN 55405


Face to Face

SafeZone Drop-In Center

308 Prince Street

Saint Paul, MN 55101


LGBTQ Band and Marching Band

Minnesota Freedom Band

SafeZone Drop-In Center

P.O. Box 3689

Minneapolis, MN 55403


LGBTQ+ Women’s Chorus

Calliope Womens Chorus

P.O. Box 4474

St. Paul, MN 55104

Local Support Group

Gay/Lesbian Community Services of Southeast Minnesota

P.O. Box 454

Rochester, MN 55903

Religious Services

The Exchange (Christian)

Multiple Locations

Mount Zion Temple (LGBT-friendly Jewish Temple)

1300 Summit Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55105


Queer Muslims

Online only

Senior Housing Services

Spirit on Lake

2930 13th Ave South

Minneapolis, MN 55408


Shot clinics, support groups, HIV testing

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition

3405 Chicago Ave #103

Minneapolis, MN 55407


Sober Events and Support Groups

Out and Sober

Check online for events

Support and Academic Scholarship Resources


1409 Willow Street #109

Minneapolis, MN 55403


Therapy/Counseling Services


771 Raymond Ave S

Saint Paul, MN 55114


University Support Group

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Services (University of Minnesota Crookston)

Hill Hall 15


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center (Minnesota State University Mankato)

194 Centennial Student Union

Minnesota State University

Mankato, MN 56001


Morris Queer Student Initiative for Equality (University of Minnesota Morris)

Hill Hall 15

Join online for events/locations

Queer and Allied Student Union (University of Minnesota Duluth)

270E Multicultural Center Kirby Student Center

Queer Student Cultural Center (University of Minnesota Twin Cities)

300 Washington Ave SE, #217

Minneapolis, MN 55455


Rainbow Dragon Center (University of Minnesota Moorhead)

1104 7th Ave South

Moorhead, MN 56563