UMN Pride

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Throughout the University system, we are committed to advocating for equity and fostering a sense of belonging for people of all sexualities and gender identities. We work to build and bridge communities that welcome and affirm people to be their whole selves, honoring their multiple identities and lived experiences.

The U of M Twin Cities campus is ranked one of the “Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities” in the nation by Campus Pride, earning a score of 4.5 out of 5 for institutional support, housing and residence life, academic life, campus safety, counseling, and recruitment and retention efforts.

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LBGTQIA+ Communities, Support, and Advocacy

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Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life, Twin Cities

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) provides education, advocacy, outreach, and support to students, staff, faculty, alum, and community members. The GSC strives to create a campus climate where more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality foster a sense of belonging for all.

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Equity and Access: Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Names and Pronouns systemwide administrative policy

The University is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to individuals of all gender identities and gender expressions, as set forth in Board of Regents Policy: Equity, Diversity, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. To that end, this policy makes explicit the University’s commitment to non-discriminatory programs, activities and facilities and promotes a respectful University community free from discrimination based on gender identity or expression. This policy is designed, and will be implemented, to uphold free speech and academic freedom principles.

Queer Student Cultural Center, Twin Cities

The Queer Student Cultural Center is a social space and resource that aims to promote awareness for Queer issues on campus as well as provide aid to students who need it.

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Trans Advisory & Action Team (TAAT), Twin Cities

Trans Advisory & Action Team (TAAT), is a coalition of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members organizing across disciplines and departments for access and liberation for transgender and gender nonconforming people. TAAT is led by trans and gender nonconforming people and open to persons of all gender identities and expressions.

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Andrea Jenkins Lecture Series, Twin Cities

The Andrea Jenkins Lecture Series at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is an annual lecture that honors Andrea Jenkins and works to center the voices of queer and trans people of color. This series was created in 2017 by the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health and the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life. Each year Andrea Jenkins selects one or more artists, performers, or speakers to illuminate pressing issues and topics connected to the lives of transgender and queer people of color.

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Tongues Untied, Twin Cities

Tongues Untied is a space by and for People of Color who identify as LGBTQIA and/or Same-Gender-Loving. Named after the famous documentary "Tongues Untied" by Marlon Riggs & Essex Hemphill, the group serves to connect students, staff, faculty and the Twin Cities community by holding discussion groups that focus on how race, sexuality and gender impact our lived experiences. This Twin Cities program is designed to enhance and center the experiences of queer indigenous people and people of color. 

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Sexuality & Gender Equity Initiatives, Duluth

Sexuality & Gender Equity Initiatives works to empower UMD’s queer and trans+ students in their academic and personal endeavors, equip aspiring allies with vital skills to support queer and trans+/gender non-conforming individuals, and collaborate with campus and community partners to strive for an improved and affirming climate for all queer and trans+/gender non-conforming individuals.

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LGBTQIA+ resources on Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campuses

40+ LGBTQIA+ student organizations across the University system

Each campus creates a compilation of student groups and organizations:

Crookston - Crookston Engagement

Duluth - Bulldog Connect

Morris - Campus Connection

Rochester - RaptorLink

Twin Cities - GopherLink

Academics & Research

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Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies

Globally recognized the Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies housed by U of M Libraries featuring a large archive of LGBTQIA+ memorabilia, journals, books, audiovisual collections, related podcasts, and more.

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Steven J. Schochet Endowment Funding

Steven J. Schochet Endowment provides funding to support academic initiatives in LGBTQIA Studies at the University of Minnesota. Named for U of M alumnus Steven J. Schochet, the Endowment hosts lectures and symposia, highlighting important work being done in LGBTQIA Studies at the University of Minnesota and beyond. 

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BA in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, Twin Cities

As a place where research, education, and social change go hand in hand, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies identifies, analyzes, and challenges structural inequalities, while imagining and creating just and transformative futures for all.

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GLBT courses and minor in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

The GLBT Studies minor focuses on the history, politics, and cultures of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Courses are designed to help students explore the diversity of GLBT communities, the history and present conditions of sexual and gender identity formation, and the functioning and institutionalization of ideologies of sexuality in a democratic society.

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Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH)

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH) is one of the largest clinical, teaching, and research institutions in the world specializing in human sexuality and gender.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies minor – Duluth

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies minor investigates historical, social, cultural, and theoretical representations and constructions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex life in the U.S. and around the globe.

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Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies – Morris

In Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, students explore the nature and implications of gender and sexuality across disciplinary, chronological, and geographical barriers, as well as the impact of gender and sexuality in their own lives and in the world around them.

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Open & Inclusive Spaces

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Lavender House: LGBTQIA+ Living-Learning Community, Twin Cities

Lavender House is open to any students who identify with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, queer, Two Spirit, intersex, and asexual (or LGBTQIA+) community on the Twin Cities campus. Students in this Living Learning Community are able to explore and express their whole selves, including their gender identities, expressions, and sexuality in a safe and affirming environment.

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Pride @ Work: affinity group for LGBTQIA+ employees

Pride @ Work is the U of M’s affinity group for LGBTQIA employees. Housed in the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life, Pride @ work links together LGBTQIA employees at the UofM through monthly luncheons, critical coffee chats and/or after-work socials. Join this incredible group of LGBTQIA employees who link together across the University of Minnesota to engage in social and professional networking, creating campus-wide change, and discussing critical topics that impact LGBTQIA employees.

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Pride Alumni Network

 The Pride Alumni Network’s mission is to foster a continued relationship with this amazing university and create a space where this exploration and growth will support the professional and personal development of University of Minnesota lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual alumni and by providing opportunities for networking, community building, and mentoring.

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Gender Open Housing available for students

Gender Open Housing (UMN Twin Cities) aims to provide an option for students who would feel more comfortable living with someone outside of their designated sex and/or someone with similar gender identity. There is no cost associated with this option, and students are only assigned to Gender Open spaces if they request it on their housing application.

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All-gender restrooms

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (UMN Twin Cities) has partnered with the Trans Action & Advisory Team and Facilities Management to create gender inclusive restrooms across the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, so people of all bodies and genders may have full access.

All Gender Restroom Map

Carlson Alumni Pride Network

Carlson Alumni Pride Network is dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community at the Carlson School and beyond. We offer a welcoming and respectful community for LGBTQ+ identifying Carlson School alumni, allies, as well as professionals and businesses in the Twin Cities.

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Outlaw at U of M Law

OutLaw is a community for LGBTQIA+ law students. Outlaw raises awareness of LGBTQIA+ issues at the University of Minnesota Law School, organizes community events, and keeps the community up to date on career opportunities.

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Transgender Affirming Health Care

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Trans-affirming health services at U of M Boynton Health

The gender care team understands that people who are transgender and gender diverse have unique health care needs and provides education, resources, referrals, and care coordination.

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Sexual and Gender Health Clinic, Eli Coleman Institute for Sexual and Gender Health

The mission of the Sexual and Gender Health Clinic at the Eli Coleman Institute for Sexual and Gender Health is to develop,  provide and promote evidence-based best clinical care. This clinic promotes the sexual and gender health of individuals, couples, and families of all backgrounds by providing assessment and treatment. They provide services across the lifespan, with specific services for children, adolescents, and adults.

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Pride Alumni Network

Queer visibility, queer joy, queer life “is a Cabaret”

LGBTQ+ resources and support available to UMN students beyond Pride Month

The history of Twin Cities Pride