Out North: MNLGBTQ History explores the untold past of Minnesota’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, and celebrates the strides the state has made since the gay liberation movement began in the 1970s. The film also reveals some of the important ways that Minnesota has played a significant role in the national movement for LGBTQ equality, from the first legal challenge to marriage equality, the first gay student body president, and more.


The story of Minnesota’s role in the fight for LGBTQ equality features many pioneering men and women, many of who took personal risks to advocate for civil rights. Minnesota activists Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, for example, became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the nation.  

Loring Park may be the official destination of the annual Minneapolis Pride Festival, but it was also the site of Joel Larson’s murder. A young, gay man, Joel’s friends and family installed a bench in his honor with the ambition of helping others “turn their back on hate.” Watch his story.

Explore the evolution of Pride guides, from quickly disposable fliers to magazine-like booklets in “Open Up a Historic Pride Guide to See What’s Inside.”

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.