Helpful links and resources

January 8, 2008

In my neck of the woods, I serve as a board member for Fargo-Moorhead’s Pride Collective and Community Center.

We house a library– primarily made of personal donations– for individuals seeking information or a good queer read. We host Fargo’s annual Pride festival each spring. And we’re hoping to move out of our office space in the basement of a local nonprofit to our very own center. Ah, but that is a long-term goal… I imagine securing funding for a progressively outspoken organization may be difficult in this conservative area, but perhaps my assumptions will be proven false. We will be applying for a grant through a local giving giant, Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation, and it’s our first run at asking for a nice sum of money.

We plan on using the funds to develop a community response plan to deal with hate crimes, which are more prevalent in this community than most people tend to believe. (a subject for another post?)

We contend that many people, when confronted with the aftermath of a violent bias crime, don’t know what to do or where to turn. PCCC has a list of links of compassionate organizations in the area, but we want to expand that list to give more direction to victims and advocates seeking advice following a bias-motivated incident.

Here is the list as it stands right now:

Advocacy

Equality North Dakota
A statewide organization advocating for full equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender North Dakotans.

OutFront Minnesota
OutFront Minnesota provides a wide variety of services to the GLBT community of Minnesota and surrounding areas. Toll-free: 800.800.0350

North Dakota Human Rights Coalition
The mission of this coalition of organizations and individuals in North Dakota is “to affect change so that all people in North Dakota enjoy full human rights.” Among its specific goals is the inclusion of sexual orientation as a protected class in the North Dakota Human Rights Act.


HIV / AIDS

Minnkota Health Project
Minnkota Health Project (MHP) provides a coordinated set of services to people living with HIV/AIDS, their partners, and families in western Minnesota and east-central North Dakota.

Services include a monthly food distribution, individual counseling, and support groups. Counseling and support groups are available to those living with HIV/AIDS, their partners, and families. Services also include the Transportation Assistance Fund, Emergency Assistance Fund, and the Quality of Life Fund.

Address: 116 12th St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Telephone: 218.287.4636 or toll-free 1.877.871.4636
E-mail: minnkota@pepp.org

Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP)
The Minnesota AIDS Project envisions a world free of AIDS. Our mission is to lead Minnesota’s fight to stop HIV and enhance the well-being of those affected. 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.

Click here to access MAP’s online searchable directory of programs and services in Minnesota for persons with HIV/AIDS.

Address: 1400 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Telephone: 612.341.2060
E-mail: info@mnaidsproject.org


Counseling

Alice Christianson, MA, LAC, LPCC
“An LGBT-allied counselor. Works as a ‘generalist,’ seeing individuals, couples (mostly adults, a few adolescents) with problems of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, coping with life’s stresses. Specializes in alcohol/drug abuse, sexual dysfunction, and transgender issues. Licensed addiction counselor, licensed professional clinical counselor, certified as a sex therapist by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselor and Therapists. Member of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association.”

Address: MeritCare Neuroscience Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, 700 1st Ave. S., Fargo
For appointments: 701.234.4131

Minnkota Center
Minnkota Center is a non-profit, community-based organization providing safe and affordable counseling services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals.

Services include youth groups, leadership opportunities, support groups for women and men, relationship counseling and individual counseling.

The Women’s Discussion Group is a place where bisexual, lesbian and queer women can meet to gain support and provide support to one another. If you’re interested in joining the group, please contact Kama at Minnkota. A brief intake must be completed before attending group.

The Men’s Discussion Group meets every other Monday at 5:30 p.m. and is a place where gay, bisexual, queer and questioning men can meet to gain support and provide support to one another. If you’re interested in joining the group, please contact Minnkota. A brief intake must be completed before attending group.

Address: 116 12th Ave. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Telephone: 218.287.4636 or toll-free 1.877.871.4636
E-mail: minnkota@pepp.org

Family Therapy Center
The Family Therapy Center (FTC) is located on the campus of North Dakota State University (NDSU). Therapists at the FTC are advanced clinical interns from the NDSU Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program. The CFT program is an accredited training program located within the Department of Child Development and Family Science. Therapist interns are supervised by NDSU faculty who are clinical members and approved supervisors of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The confidentiality of each client is carefully maintained.

The FTC provides individual, couple, and/or family therapy. They are an LGBT affirmative organization. Specific issues that may be addressed discrimination related to homophobia & heterosexism, coming out, family issues related to coming out, difficulty with depression, grief, or loss, raising children in a LGBT identified family, spiritual & religious issues. For more information or for an appointment call 231-8534.

Kama Bree Jensen, M.Ed., LPC
Providing individual and relationship counseling for adults. A generalist counselor who addresses a range of issues including: relationship work, anxiety/depression, life transition, health crisis, identity, and healthy coping skills. A licensed practicing counselor in North Dakota and Minnesota, and a speaker and consultant on issues related to working with GLBT clientele.

Kama Bree Jensen, M.Ed., LPC
Private Practitioner, Moorhead
By appointment only: 701-371-6211


Religious / Philosophical

The following religious congregations that are listed on this page, are listed with their explicit consent, and they have indicated to the Pride Collective a clear desire to be known as GLBT-friendly and affirming. The descriptions given in quotation marks are provided by the congregations themselves.

Children of the Living God
Address: P.O. Box 9943, Fargo, ND 58106
Telephone: 701.866.2029
E-mail: PastorJon@Minister.com

“If you belong to the GLBT community, an affirming or reconciling church, or if you are just curious, you are invited to attend our services. Inclusive and non-denominational, we teach what Jesus taught, the Gospel of Life for all people. Celebrating our faith in God, the Lordship of Jesus, and the in filling of the Holy Spirit.”

“Our church has a unique mission: to reach out to the GLBT community in Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding rural areas. We are a ministry by and primarily for this community. We offer an environment within which most people are comfortable being themselves. It is also an environment that challenges people to become the person God wants them to be.”

Services are held Sundays at 6:30 p.m. at the Presentation Center (click for map), 3001 11th St. S., Fargo.

Faith Lutheran Church
A welcoming congregation of the ELCA.

Address: 127 2nd Ave. E., West Fargo
Telephone: 701.282.3309

“Faith Lutheran Church has a long history of welcoming many from the GLBT community to every level of participation in congregational life, including Christian Education staff, Board participation, and Church Council membership. Weekend worship services always include openly gay couples and singles.”

Worship schedule:

Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. (in the sanctuary, old building on east side)
Sundays at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. (in the Worship Center, new building on the west side)

First Congregational United Church of Christ
A welcoming congregation of the UCC.

Address: 406 8th St. S., Moorhead
Telephone: 218.236.1756

Worship: Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
A reconciling-in-Christ congregation of the ELCA.

Address: 670 4th Ave. N., Fargo
Telephone: 701.235.5591

“Though our world is a place of alienation and brokenness, Christ calls us to be agents of reconciliation, wholeness, and healing. Gay and lesbian persons are often scorned by society and alienated from the Church. At St. Mark’s all people are called to share in the sacramental and general life of this congregation regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Weekly Eucharist: Sundays 10:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. in summer)
Midweek Eucharist: Wednesdays 12:15 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Fargo-Moorhead
Address: 121 9th St. S., Fargo
Telephone: 701.235.0394

“We are a Unitarian Universalist welcoming congregation that seeks to be a spiritual home for people of free faith regardless of race, color, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, national origin, socio-economic status, physical or mental ability.”

“The Unitarian Universalist approach to spirituality is basically different from that of religions based on a creed or received revelation. In our search for religious truth, we weigh the religious voices and visions of every place and time on a balance with our own vision and voice. We search the gathered wisdom of humankind – the reason and intuition, the arts and science – and we search our own experience. We enter the combined religious traditions of the Unitarians and the Universalists, offering the life-truths of gay and lesbian and bisexual people.” — from a 1994 pamphlet of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Weekly meetings: Sundays at 11:00 a.m.


GLBT – Friendly Businesses

The following businesses are listed here with their explicit consent
and have indicated a desire to serve the GLBT community.

Alisha Ankers Family Law Practice
114 Broadway, Skyway 7, Elm Tree Square, Fargo
Telephone: 701.476.6578

Alisha Ankers is licensed in both Minnesota and North Dakota. Her office handles all family law matters, including wills, trusts, name changes, adoptions, child support, child custody and divorce.

Atomic Coffee
16 4th St. S., Moorhead (located just south of the Moorhead Center Mall)
Telephone: 218.299.6161.

Atomic Coffee
805 30th Ave S., Moorhead
Telephone: 218.477.6161

Atomic Coffee
222 Broadway, Fargo
Telephone: 701.478.6160

Winter hours: Monday-Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Atomic Coffee is a GLBT-friendly café serving a mixed and diverse clientele.

Dave’s Space
1404 33rd St. SW, Fargo (located in the Head to Toe salon just east of Cash Wise)
Telephone: 701.271.6949

“The new name in hair care.” Mention you saw this listing and receive 10% off your first visit.

Fredericks Floral Designs
14 8th St. S., Fargo (located one-half block south of Main Ave.)
Telephone: 701.232.7127 or toll-free 888.219.7522. Open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 noon; closed Sundays.

Fredericks is a gay-owned, full-service florist located in the historic 8th Street commercial district in downtown Fargo.

Fredericks offers a 10% discount on all goods and services (excluding wire orders) with the coupon available by clicking here. Coupon must be presented at time of ordering or purchase.

Thomas Jefferson, State Farm Insurance Co.
3330 Fiechtner Dr. SW, Fargo; Telephone: 701.234.0507

Thomas Jefferson is a full-service agent for State Farm Insurance.

Rita Thompson, Advantage Realtors
901 28th St. S., Fargo; Office Telephone: 701.235.1750; Cell: 218.790.6170

Rita Thompson is a full-service realtor and is licensed in both North Dakota and Minnesota. She specializes in residential real estate, representing both buyers and sellers.

Zandbroz Variety Store
420 Broadway, Fargo; Telephone: 701.239.4729; open Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Zandbroz offers an interesting and varied line of books, jewelry, home ware, toys, stationery, items for bath and body, gift items and collectibles. Also located in Zandbroz is Dakota Soda, an old-fashioned soda fountain and espresso bar.


Resources For Students

GLSEN – Red River Valley
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Minnesota GLBT Education Fund
The link above takes you to a listing of scholarship programs in the United States and Canada specifically for GLBT students.

QUEST Support Group at NDSU
A support group for NDSU students (MSUM and Concordia students are also welcome) who are questioning their sexual orientation or are in the beginning of the coming-out process. Facilitated by Counseling and Disability Services at North Dakota State University. For more information, contact Ronni or Nikki at 701.231.7671.

Safe Space Program at Concordia College
“The purpose of the Safe Space Program is to make the Concordia College campus a safer and freer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation. Safe Space faculty and staff members pledge to be confidential, non-judgmental and supportive contacts for members of the Concordia College community who may be dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender issues. The Safe Space Program also strives to educate the campus community about the program.”

Safe Zone Project at MSUM
“The Safe Zone Project at Minnesota State University Moorhead seeks to form a group of students, faculty and staff committed and trained to provide safe, non-judgmental and supportive contacts for all MSUM community members who may be dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or questioning issues.”

MSUM Safe Zone/GLBTQ Resource Center
The resource center is located on the campus of Minnesota State University, Moorhead in Hendrix Health Center, room 134 (off of C lot – just east of the Center for the Arts). The center is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For questions, please contact Jamie Tate at 218.477.2213 or by e-mail at tateja@mnstate.edu.

“The center has resource books and copies of Lavender magazine, the Chicago Free Press, High Plains Reader, Lavender’s Power Pages, and others. Feel free to stop by and take a look. There is also a computer with internet access for doing homework or research. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to stop by to study, do homework, check out resource material, or just hang out and chat!”

Queer Talk
“Queer Talk” takes place on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. in room 134 of the Hendrix Health Center on the MSUM campus. Come and share experiences, ask questions, and learn more about yourself, others, and the GLBTQ community in a safe environment. The main focus of “Queer Talk” is college-age students, but all are welcome. For more information, call Lynn or Jamie at 218.477.2211.

Safe Zone Program at NDSU
“The Safe Zone symbol is a message to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth and their allies. A person displaying this symbol is one who will be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person needs help, advice or just someone with whom they can talk. The person displaying this symbol is also a person who can give anyone accurate information about sexual orientation issues.”

We offer Safe Zone Ally Training sessions several times each year; these are facilitated by NDSU faculty, staff and students. We are in the process of developing various resources (brochures, books, etc.) to supplement our training sessions to give our support network additional information. We also are committed to bringing to campus outside speakers who can provide additional information and resources to our network.

The Safe Zone is a program of the Memorial Union, Division of Student Affairs, North Dakota State University. For information about the Safe Zone program, contact Kara Stack, assistant director for campus programs, at 231-8566 or Kara.Stack@ndsu.nodak.edu.

SAGA (Straight and Gay Alliance)
Student group at Concordia College in Moorhead.

“SAGA or Straight and Gay Alliance is a Concordia organization that was officially recognized in December of 1994 (formerly known as FLAG). The purpose of the Concordia College Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) is to foster a safe, welcoming environment of support to homosexual, bisexual, and transgendered individuals and their friends, while providing education about GLBT issues to the college community.”

Ten Percent Society at MSUM and NDSU
Student group at Minnesota State University Moorhead and North Dakota State University. Regular meetings are held at the Pride Collective during the academic year. Check the Pride Collective calendar for details.

“The Ten Percent Society provides social activities, support, and education to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students, faculty and staff and straight allies on the campuses of Minnesota State University Moorhead and North Dakota State University and in the Fargo-Moorhead community.”

Ten Percent Society at UMC
Student group at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Ten Percent Society at UND
Student group at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Also includes listings of GLBT events in the Grand Forks area.

“The University of North Dakota Ten Percent Society is the oldest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered organization in the state of North Dakota, since 1982. Our primary goal is to provide a safe, respectful, and supportive environment for LGBT students, faculty, and staff.”

West Fargo High School Gay Straight Alliance
A Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) meets at the West Fargo High School in West Fargo, North Dakota. For more information check out their website: gsawestfargo.tripod.com (no www.) and to contact them email: gsawestfargo.lycos.com


Government Programs of GLBT Interest

Fargo Police Department GLBT Liaison Program
“The Fargo Police Department is committed to promoting a positive relationship with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) community by appointing police officers as liaisons. The department strives to provide all citizens of Fargo with quality service and a secure community. We are committed to creating and preserving a positive partnership with the community we serve.”

The GLBT liaison officers are expected to:

  • improve relationships and promote cooperation between the GLBT community and the Fargo Police Department.
  • ensure bias crimes or crimes targeting the GLBT community are properly documented and investigated.
  • assist crime victims in the GLBT community through the reporting and investigation process.
  • provide support and assistance with law enforcement investigations that involve the GLBT community.
  • provide and/or facilitate training and education to the GLBT and law enforcement communities.
  • visit with citizens and businesses who seek assistance from the department regarding GLBT issues.

Social and Support Groups

PFLAG of Fargo-Moorhead
PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets every second Sunday of the month at the Pride Collective. You can also get further information by calling 701.235.SEEK. PFLAG’s website includes an excellent collection of links.

SOHR (Sexual Orientation & Human Rights)
A community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied persons in the lakes area. Meets in Detroit Lakes on the first Tuesday of the month (contact Penny for exact location). SOHR’s monthly meetings begin at 5:00 to conduct business, break for supper at 6:00 and conclude with a discussion/support group from 6:30 to 8:00. Quarterly potlucks are held in February, May, August and November from 5:30 to 6:30.

General contact info:

Telephone: 800-800-0350, ext. 524
E-mail: sohr@hotmail.com
Snail mail: PO Box 1445, Detroit Lakes MN

Gay in the Midwest

January 4, 2008

We are everywhere.

I’ve recently realized that most of the queer pop culture blogs out there are maintained with East Coast/West Coast audiences in mind. Many of the conferences, festivals, etc., happen in gay “hot spots”,  none of which are in the Midwest.

My hopes with this blog are to change that perception.

Minneapolis is consistently ranked among top 10 lists as being most gay friendly or most heavily populated by the GLBTQ crowd. Why, then, is this area of the United States ignored or overlooked by most of queer culture?

What’s going on in the snowy Plains states?

I plan on keeping my finger on the pulse of the Midwest, specifically with metro areas in mind, but I also want to talk about the rural parts of the Great Plains. Movie reviews, essays, articles: they’re all welcome here.

I’m excited to get started. I hope you are, too.