Student Resources

LGBTQIA+ and Allied students in Saint Paul Public Schools have access to a wide variety of safe and supportive groups, programs, and events. 
In this section:
  • Student Support Group
  • Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
  • GSA Advisory Council
  • Annual Events
  • Ongoing Programs

School Support Group

Support group is a network of peer support for LGBTQIA+ youth facilitated by a social worker or counselor at a school. Groups can be open or closed. Youth have the ability to provide and receive advice from their peers or just socialize among a shared-interest group. If you are interested in joining one, please reach out to a school counselor at your school. If your school does not currently have a support group, we can help you get one started! 

Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

GSA is an extracurricular club for students to build support systems, socialize with other youth, organize educational programs to raise awareness, and promote inclusive school environments. Want to get involved in the GSA at your school? Click here for the list of GSAs and reach out to the main contact at your site. If your school doesn't have a GSA, contact us or talk to your school counselor to find out more about getting one started at your school! 

GSA Advisory Council

Although each school has its unique successes and challenges around creating safe space for LGBTQIA+ and Allied students, its certain that they can all do better with one another's support. The Council provides a space for 2-3 representatives from each high school to share their sites' unique needs and to strategize effective solutions. The council meets for two hours, twice a month. If youth are interested in becoming an Ambassador on the GSA Advisory Council, they should apply HERE.
Annual Events hosted by or in partnership with Out for Equity
MN School Outreach Coalition (MNSOC)
Q-Quest is a two-day event for LGBTQIA+ and Allied youth to enjoy workshops, entertainment, discussion, and networking with hundreds of other LGBTQIA+ youth from all over Minnesota. The first day of Q-Quest is our middle school track, which serves over 300 6-8th grade students! The second day of Q-Quest is our high school track, which serves over 400 9-12th grade students!
Q-Quest for Middle School = Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
Q-Quest for High School = Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  
Stay updated by following MNSOC on Facebook
GSA Leadership Retreat 
SPPS Out for Equity
This is an opportunity for middle school and high school GSA students from Saint Paul Public Schools' to build their leadership skills and network with other students committed to GSA leadership. 
GSA Leadership Retreat 2017
March 4, 2017 | 10:00-3:00 PM
Washington Technology Magnet School
Youth Summit 
OutFront MN
Youth Summit is a day-long event that brings hundreds of LGBTQ youth and allies leadership development, networking, and the chance to speak directly with legislators about issues that matter. Participants also get to hear from community leaders, enjoy entertainment, and attend workshops, which focuses on gender, art, mental health, intersections of identity, environmental justice, healthy relationships, and more! 
Youth Summit 2017
March 16, 2017 | 8:00-4:30 PM
Saint Paul College & State Capitol, Saint Paul 
For more information, visit OutFront's Youth Summit page.  
Queer Youth Prom
MN School Outreach Coalition (MNSOC)
Queer Youth Prom (QYP) is a free evening event dedicated to making prom a special, safe, and affirming space for LGBTQIA+ high school students. There's always dancing, snacks, activities, professional photography, and so much more! 

Queer Youth Prom 2017
April 15, 2017 | 7:00-10:00 PM
Hennepin Central Library, Minneapolis
Theme: Through the Decades!
*Dress in outfits that highlight your favorite decade (past, present, or future)! 
Facebook Event Page is coming soon, stay updated by following MNSOC on Facebook!
Registration Link goes live February 1st! 
Rainbow Dance
SPPS Out for Equity 
The Rainbow Dance is an afternoon event for Saint Paul Public Schools' middle school GSA members and their friends! It's a fun time for dancing, socializing, and eating yummy food!
Rainbow Dance 2017
May 5, 2017 | 4:00-7:00 PM
Washington Technology Magnet School
Ongoing Programs hosted by Community Organizations
LGBTQ+ Youth Library Hangout Space
Mondays-Thursdays, 3:00-6:00 PM
OutFront Minnesota
38th Street, Suite 207
Minneapolis, MN 55409 
For info: Email | Facebook | Website
LGBTQ+ Youth Group
Mondays, 6:30-8:00 PM, until Dec 19, 2016
Edgcumbe Recreation Center
320 Griggs Street South
Saint Paul, MN 55105 
For info: Email  
So What If I Am?
Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM  
The Bridge for Youth
1111 West 22nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55405
For info: 612-377-8800 | Facebook | Flyer
Community Conversations
Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 PM
Hosted by MN Q Youth
Quatrefoil Library
1220 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
For info: Email 
GLBTQ Support Group
Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 PM
Face to Face
308 Prince Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
For info: 651.387.2927 
Gender Exploration Support Group
Thursdays, 6:15-8:15 PM
771 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55114
For info: Facebook | Website 
Out Group
Fridays, 3:30-4:30 PM
41 North 12th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403
LGBTQA Youth Community & Social Gathering
First Saturdays, 6:00-9:00 PM
Hosted by The Family Partnership
Salem Lutheran Church
610 West 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
For info: Facebook | Website
Peer-led Support Groups for Families of & for Trans Youth
Second Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 PM
Transforming Families
Call for location
For info: 612.321.8416 | Email 
Little Rainbows: Gender fabulous folks 12 & under
Sundays, 10:30-12:00 PM
Hosted by MN Transgender Health Coalition
The Exchange
3405 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
For info: Facebook | Email
Gender Jam: Trans Teens Safe Space
Sundays, 12:30-3:00 PM
Hosted by MN Transgender Health Coalition
The Exchange (1st, 2nd, & 3rd Sunday)
3405 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Dreamers Vault Games (4th Sunday)
4701 Hiawatha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406
For info: Facebook | Email 
Peer Support for LGBTQIA Youth Aged 16-20
First and Third Sundays, 2:00-3:00 PM
Hosted by NAMI Minnesota
Springhouse Ministry Center
610 West 28th Street, Micah Room
Minneapolis, MN 55408
For info: 651.645.2948 | Website