The MN LGBTQ+ Therapists’ Network (The Network) was established in 1988 as a grass-roots group of LGBTQIAPGE2S+ mental health professionals who wanted a way to safely network, support and educate each other and the community about issues related to LGBTQIAPGE2S+ mental health and wellness.
As far as we know, we are the first such professional organization for LGBTQIAPG2S+ mental health providers in the country.
The MN LGBTQ+ Therapists' Network (The Network) has 150+ paid members who are working or studying in mental health, social service, wellness, healing practices and related fields. We offer a public online resource directory of our members and their services. We also have an active Facebook site which has over 800 members. The majority of our members are located in the five county Twin Cities metro area. Our other members hail from Greater MN, Wisconsin and Eastern North Dakota. The Network is coordinated by a volunteer steering committee of its members.
The goals of The Network are, using an intersectional lens:
As a diverse community of LGBTQ+ and allied helping professionals, we are committed to honoring the complex intersections of gender and sexuality with race, age, ability, size, spirituality, education, country of origin, immigration status, family composition, and class.
We deem it critical to provide education and mental health services that move beyond just the "acknowledgement of differences and cultural competence".
We aim to advance a context of helper cultural humility that recognizes privilege and oppression trauma, the essential nature of collective health and wellness, and actively works towards just, respectful, accessible and expansive mental health and wellness opportunities and services for all humans.
Lesbian = Lesbian Identities
Gay = Gay Identities
Bisexual = Bisexual Identities
Transgender and Trans Identities
Queer Identities and Questioning
Pan/Polygender Identities; Poly Relationship Systems
Gender Expansive Identities
2S = Two-Spirit: Indigenous Gender Identities
+ Inclusive of other identities, ever-expanding, learning and growing
Modified from the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) 2019, A Division of the American Counseling Association
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