LGBT Teen Support Group featured in Lavender Magazine

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Kristan in Safe Space 2014

Kristan Clow facilitates a weekly GLBT support group.
Photo by Brett Dorian Artistry Studios.

The Bridge for Youth’s LGBT teen support group, “So What if I Am?” is featured in this month’s Lavender Magazine in the 2014 Pride Edition.

Read the article here.

So What if I Am?, started in the 1990s, is the longest, continous running support group for LGBT teens in the Twin Cities metro area.  The group meets every Tuesday at The Bridge for Youth.  Any GLBT teen is welcome.  The group’s structure includes a drop-in and social time from 4:30-5:00 p.m. and a facilitated group, led by Outreach Manager Kristan Clow, from 5:00 – 6:3o p.m.

“There aren’t a lot of safe, gathering places for LGBT teens in the Twin Cities or in Minnesota,” said So What If I Am? group facilitator Kristan Clow.  “This group is a place where teens can meet other teens like them, talk about issues, be open, make new friends, and find support”.

The group draws from all over the Twin Cities Metro area.  Parents drop teens off and other teens arrive on their own.  Participants are middle school and high school age youth between the ages of 13 and 17.

The Bridge for Youth, located at 1111 West 22nd Street in Minneapolis, helps youth in crisis.  Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline for teens and their families,  an emergency shelter for youth 10-17, on-site long term housing for 16 and 17 year olds, and free counseling.  All services are free and confidential.

For information about programs and services at The Bridge for Youth, call (612) 377-8800.


2 Responses

  1. Leah Peroni says:

    Hi Kristan, My name is Leah Peroni and my daughter London just came out a few months ago. London’s pronouns are they/them. London is 11 and would love to have a safe place to go for support. Is they old enough to participate in the “So What If I Am” program? If so, what are the details? Please fill me in. Thank You! Leah

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