While Loring Park is widely recognized as the center of the annual Pride celebration, the park’s history includes struggles with hate crimes and anti-LGBTQ violence. Friends and family of one of these victims wanted to honor him and encourage us all to “teach love.”


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

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.  

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.