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Get Help with Health Insurance Enrollment!

Reposted from MN Aids Project:

Working together for our community!

The Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP), in partnership with Rainbow Health Initiative, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, OutFront, and Rural AIDS Action Network (RAAN), continues to provide our community with culturally competent and understandable information about MNsure. MAP and RAAN have a dedicated team of MNsure navigators on staff providing free health insurance enrollment assistance for all community members, regardless of HIV status.

When can I get enrolled?
The next open enrollment period is scheduled from November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015. Individuals eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare can enroll year round, as well as individuals meeting Qualifying Life Event criteria. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment with a MNsure navigator for help enrolling in affordable health care!

Looking for LGBTQ-friendly providers? Check out Rainbow Health Initiative’s handy online tool for finding providers in your area.

Looking for Trans-friendly providers? Check out the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition’s website.

MAP MNsure Program

Twin Cities:

Greater Minnesota:
855 293 5905 .



Campus Resource Guide 2014 Edition Now Available

Campus Resource Guide

The Campus Resource Guide is an ongoing project of the MN Campus Alliance.  This guide lists a variety of resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members on college and university campuses across the state of Minnesota.

Get the 2014 Edition

Click here to download a PDF of the Campus Resource Guide, 2014 Edition.

What kinds of resources are listed in this publication?

Resources included in the Campus Resource Guide are GLBTA-specific and include:

  • Campus Housing
  • Support/Health Services
  • Departments/Centers
  • Student clubs, discussion groups, & organizations
  • Alumni Groups
  • Employee Groups

The MN Campus Alliance welcomes additions and revisions to this guide.  Contact the Communications Coordinator at To find out more information about any of the resources in this guide, use the available contact information found underneath the specific resource’s header.  If this contact information is not specified, contact the Communications Coordinator at



JOIN the Executive Board!

The MN Campus Alliance is a completely volunteer organization made of dedicated individuals from across the state. It needs your energy and voice to create change on Minnesota College and university campuses. Join the Executive Board! Become a trainer! Serve on a committee!  To nominate yourself or another person for any of the roles, please complete our nomination survey.  Executive Board will elect positions no later than December 1, 2012. Eligibility Requirements: At the time of their election, the nominee must be a resident of the state of Minnesota, or primarily engaged within the state of Minnesota.


Communications Coordinator: Time Commitment: Approximately 40 hours a month. Responsibilities Include:  Manage branding guide, update and design MN Campus Alliance print materials, webmaster of MN Campus Alliance web site, manage social media account; and working with Internal Relations Coordinator to schedule minor web site updates.


At-Large Representatives (8): Time Commitment: Approximately 10 hours per month.   Responsibilities Include: Acting as a pipeline for the MN Campus Alliance; serving on the Outreach Committee; and working to promote Training and Education Initiatives. After their election, 2 of the 8 At-Large Representatives will be appointed as the Diversity and Inclusion Representative and the Communications Representative, both of which have a time commitment of approximately 30 hours per month.


Co-Chairs (2): Time Commitment: Approximately 50 hours per month  Responsibilities Include: Co-Chairing the Board, co-chairing the Governance Committee; calling Board meetings once per month; assigning tasks to Coordinators, Representatives, and the Ex-Officio Board Members at needs; providing organizational structure and ensuring the organization is fulfilling every aspect of its mission and goals; working with the Development and Finance Coordinators to create a budget; and maintaining a public image consistent with the values and expectations of the MN Campus Alliance and its Board.


Ex-Officio  Compliance Board Member: Time Commitment: Approximately 10 hours per month. Responsibilities Include: The Ex-Officio Compliance Bard Member will work closely with the Cho-Chairs, the Development and Finance Coordinators, and as needed with other Coordinators ensure that all accounting practices, tax reporting, donor fund and budget management, insurance matters, conflict of interest investigations, and payroll responsibilities, are managed and completed on a timely bases and in compliance with the law. Additionally, they shall draft implementation guide to the MN Campus Alliance governance and finance policies; and shall ensure that all members of the Board are trained on all policies and procedures. Additionally, in partnership with the Board, they will negotiate, draft, and manage the terms of the MN Campus Alliance’s relationship with other organizations.


Education Coordinator: Time Commitment: Approximately 40 hours per month. Responsibilities include: The Education Coordinator chairs the Education Committee and manages the Training and Education Program; coordinates the training and educating of the MN Campus Alliance Executive Board; develops and implements educational trainings that serve college campuses and corporations; advertises, promotes, and schedules trainings; and works with Lead Trainers, Trainers, Trainers-in-Training, Panelists and additional observers to ensure trainings are adequately staffed. 


Development Coordinator: Time Commitment: Approximately 40 hours per month.

Responsibilities Include: Chairing the Development Committee; being the primary contact for recruiting sponsors for signature events and streaming fundraising processes; researching fundraising and granting opportunities; coordinating all fundraising opportunities, building individual, community, and corporate donor bases; building and maintaining relationships with current and potential donors; working with the Finance Coordinator to create budgets and projected goals for fundraising.


Finance Coordinator: Time Commitment: Approximately 40 hours per month. Responsibilities Include:  The Finance Coordinator’s responsibilities include chairing the Finance Committee; maintaining the MN Campus Alliance finances; collecting receipts and sending out invoices and reimbursements with respect to all financial transactions; completing and reporting financial statements and recent financial activities at each Board meeting; insuring the timely and accurate submission of all taxes and financial documentation to the IRS and MDR; overseeing the MN Campus Alliance’s budget in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; and working with the Development Coordinator and Co-Chairs to create budgets and projected goals for fundraising. 


Outreach Coordinator: Time Commitment: Approximately 40 hours per monthThe Outreach Coordinator’s responsibilities include chairing the Outreach Committee; working with the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for the recruiting, retention, and long-term strategies toward maintaining a diverse membership consistent with the mission, vision, and diversity statement of the MN Campus Alliance; building and maintaining MN Campus Alliance membership; identifying and organizing staffing at events where MN Campus Alliance can table or display literature; and working with the At-Large Representatives to reach out to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members across the state to develop pipelines across Minnesota colleges and university campuses.


MOCC 2012 Feature Presenter: Kate Bornstein

What can one Tweet do? Let you know that Kate Bornstein, self-described author, performer, and advocate for teens, freaks & other outlaws, is coming to your town! We saw that Kate was going to be in the Twin Cities for a book fair Saturday October 12, so we thought let’s invite her to MOCC2012! Thanks to the support of SHIFT MN and University of MN GLBTA Programs Office, Kate will be leading a featured presentation on Sunday October 14.

Follow Kate on Twitter and check out her blog, Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Present Danger!

MOCC 2012 Feature Presenter: Bloggers from Everyone is Gay

With the support of Campus Pride, Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid from the blog Everyone Is Gay will have a featured presentation at MOCC 2012 on Saturday October 13.

Taken from their web site:

HISTORY: Founded in 2010 by Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid, Everyone Is Gay began as an advice website for all with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth. Through an integration of humor, honesty, and pictures of kittens on several social media outlets, Kristin and Dannielle found that they were able to support these youth while keeping them laughing. In 2011, Everyone Is Gay began visiting schools and community centers to reach a larger audience and to continue promoting a message of equality.

VISION: Everyone Is Gay envisions and works to create a future where people are kind to one another, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity; a future where we allow ourselves to connect across socially constructed divides through laughter and honesty; a future where human equality is realized through accessible, daily acts of change.

MISSION: Everyone Is Gay is an advice website for all, with an emphasis on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth. The website uses humor and honesty to support these youth, to dialogue with others in the LGBTQ community, and to simultaneously keep everyone laughing. Everyone Is Gay also works to increase awareness at high school and college campuses through an ongoing, nationwide tour.

Source: About Us!

Don’t forget to check out fabulous MOCC2012 sponsor, Campus Pride:

Campus Pride represents the only national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States.

Founded in the Fall of 2001 and launched a year later in October of 2002, Campus Pride started as an online community and resource clearinghouse under the name Campus PrideNet.  The original founding partners were M. Chad Wilson, Sarah E. Holmes & Shane L. Windmeyer. In 2006, the organization broadened its outreach efforts and restructured as the current educational non-profit organization Campus Pride.  As part of the restructuring process, the Lambda 10 Project for LGBT Fraternity & Sorority Issues ( became an educational initiative of Campus Pride.  The executive director is national LGBT civil rights leader and campus pioneer Shane L. Windmeyer.

Source: What is Campus Pride?

Closing Keynote Speaker for MOCC 2012: Natalie (Klueg) Clark

Thanks to the support of St. Olaf College & Alumni, we are proud to welcome Natalie (Klueg) Clark , a bisexual queer speaker and author and humorist from MN, as our closing keynote speaker on Sunday October 14 at MOCC. Natalie has presented workshops at MOCC since 2007! Excited to have Natalie on the big stage!

Follow Natalie at  and

Saturday Keynote Speaker for MOCC 2012: Coya Artichoker

Thanks to the support of St. Olaf College & Alumni, we are excited to have Coya Artichoker return as a MOCC keynote speaker. Coya Artichoker, a Sicangu Lakota born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation, has been an activist in social justice movements since the age of 15 and is a founding collective member of First Nations Two Spirit Collective. Welcome back!

Check out Coya’s work!

Coya Talks about First Nations Two Spirit Collective.

Opening Keynote Speaker for MOCC 2012: Kye Allums

Thanks to the support of Carleton College, we are proud to welcome Kye Allums, the first transgender man to play NCAA Division I college basketball, as our opening speaker on Friday October 12 at MOCC.

Follow Kye on Twitter and his web site, IMEnough.

To learn more about Kye, who is from St. Paul and a proud memebr of the National Black Justice Coalition’s Leadership Advisory Council, check out the following articles:

Transgender male Kye Allums on the women’s team at GW

A Colonial Transition

LGBT History Month: Kye Allums, first openly transgender NCAA athlete

The Transgender Athlete