Former Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau and former Minneapolis Police Department, now U.S. Marshal, Sharon Lubinski, are LGBTQ pioneers. They helped change the dynamic between cops and the queer community in Minneapolis, but the history of this relationship is complicated.

In the early and mid ’70s, being out and visible came with risks, including threats of harassment from law enforcement. So the early Twin Cities Gay Pride organizers created a “pride guide” that could be quickly disposed of in case participants were hassled. Fortunately, Jean Tretter kept some of these items, and these historic Pride Guides are now preserved at the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries.


Watch the feature-length documentary Out North: MNLGBTQ History.

Discover how many Native American tribes have long accepted people who identify as both masculine and feminine in “A Third Gender Identity Has Existed for Centuries.”

Learn about longtime Minnesota LGBTQ+ history chronicler – and Out North: MNLGBTQ History advisor – Stewart Van Cleve in this profile story.