Telling Queer History

A nonprofit organization

$13,356 raised by 91 donors

100% complete

$10,000 Goal

Dear Community,

Your heart may be breaking right now, and you are not alone. We are with you. 

The major bright spots in these dark moments are all the beautiful mutual aid groups, community solidarity efforts, and righteous protest movements you are creating all over Minnesota, across the country, and around the world. Those bright spots are a way of life for us LGBTQ+ folks. We have been here before, and together, we will get through this darkness again. We know that hope, connection, storytelling, listening, and understanding our histories is really important. Collective visioning that centers well-being, healing, and belonging is what gets us from here - the darkness - to there - the dawning. If there’s one thing that we know for sure, it’s that together, we are resilient.

This Give to the Max day, we’re hoping to raise $10,000 to support the operating costs of TQH (including staff time) and to cover the direct costs associated with fulfilling our community’s requests to provide gatherings and events that create moments of connection, hope, and well-being. As you know, most grant funding we receive does not cover these operational and indirect costs.

We’ve been listening to your feedback and ideas for how to meet your needs, and we’re so excited to be moving in new directions and expanding our programming! We’re doubling our offerings for you.

Upcoming storytelling and community-building gatherings:

  • January 27, 2024: Building Bridges- Collaboration with the LGBTQ+, BIPOC & Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Communities (Curated by MN Deaf Queers)

  • February 18, 2024: Art of Relationship Resilience- Exploring Healthy Relationships 

  • April 2024 (date TBD): Queer Roles in the Twin Cities Uprising

  • June 1, 2024: LGBTQ+ History Icons Drag Show & Fundraiser

Partake in opportunities for belonging and connection that are still aligned with our practices of providing intergenerational, all-ages, substance-free spaces that center accessibility, with these additional events: 

  • November 15, 2023: Heartbroken Open Mic + TQH (TQH sponsorship)

  • December 6, 2023: LGBTQ+ History Trivia

  • March 24, 2024: MERGES in March at the Cowles Center: Mathew Janczeski’s Arena Dance & Taja Will + TQH post-show conversation and community movement (TQH sponsorship)

Folks you meet at TQH gatherings and events become part of your personal network, your immediate community. The emotions, a-ha moments, and horizon-broadening experiences you have at our gatherings become tools that you can use to stay strong in the face of cultural and political division. 

If you prefer to make your investment via check, you could mail that to TQH, PO Box 19384, Minneapolis, MN 55419. We are so grateful for your support, and delighted that we are storying our future together!

Thanks for investing in Telling Queer History all year round to make this possible!

Last year we got our largest grant yet from the Minnesota Humanities Center via the Community Heritage and Cultural Identity fund, to support working with our audio/video archives. We used the funds to transcribe and key word over 75% of our archive recordings. We compensated storytellers and ensured we had release forms from those whose stories were recorded. We released two archive feature articles and two compiled archive videos from this project. 

Please take the time to enjoy the stories on our website in the archives section.

We envision an intersectional LGBTQ+ community dedicated to authentic conversations that strengthen a sense of belonging, connection, agency, and hope, where all voices are heard, valued, and respected.

The mission of Telling Queer History is to connect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer + people across generations and identities through storytelling gatherings, which bring communities together to foster compassion, empathy, and healing.

See our upcoming events here: Free, All-Ages, Substance-free, ASL interpreted events. 

Organization Data


Organization name

Telling Queer History

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Arts & Culture Education Community

LGBTQ+ Serving

LGBTQ+ Serving


PO Box 19384