Mar 13

GLBT in Recovery is now Out & Sober Minnesota!

OASMN-roundI am happy to announce that going forward GLBT in Recovery will be known as Out & Sober Minnesota.

GLBT in Recovery has been a vital part of our community for over 30 years and I want to assure you that our mission will not change. This organization, which was established as safe haven for GLBT people in recovery, is only evolving to keep up with the times.

I personally want to thank the founders of this organization and those who have worked so hard throughout the years to keep GLBT in Recovery going forward.

Our reasons for the name change are many and this decision was not made lightly or quickly.  The board felt that we needed a new name that was inclusive of all members of our community regardless of where they fell on the gender or sexual identity continuum. We also felt that just adding letters (GLBTQA, etc.) was not the answer.  Out & Sober Minnesota wants everyone under our umbrella not just people who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender.

We will continue to sponsor social events to help people build and maintain clean and sober networks.   We will also continue to present informational and educational workshops and activities that provide tools that are useful not only for those in early recovery but also for old timers. Most importantly we will have fun. If you ask people who have attended our events or volunteered with us in some capacity I am sure you will find they had a lot of fun.

Our annual MinneSober event will also continue, as will our presence at the Gopher State Roundup and Spring Fling at Pride Institute.  We will also continue to be fiscally sponsored by Rainbow Health Initiative.

We are also continuing to look for new ways to serve this community. The Out & Sober Minnesota board has worked to identify short, medium, and long term goals as part of our strategic plan which will be released at a later date. We will also be looking at results from our community survey to get new ideas for events and look for issues or concerns that need to be addressed.

I want to thank my friend and longtime GLBT in Recovery supporter Cliff Robinette for the fabulous graphic design work he did on our new logo. Thanks also to Alfred Walking Bull (our board secretary) and Jonathan Welch (board member at large) for putting the finishing touches on the logo and getting it print ready. Most of all I want to thank the Board of Directors of Out & Sober Minnesota for the months of hard work it took to complete this process.  This was a true example of teamwork, open mindedness, and flexibility.

On behalf of the Out & Sober Minnesota Board I welcome you to our organization and thank you for your ongoing support.

Kevin Champion

Out & Sober Minnesota
Board Chair

Mar 09

Art in Recovery Workshop

Art In Recovery Website ImageOut and Sober Minnesota invites you to join Claire Rosen, LADC, an expert in art therapy, as we take a journey into the wonderful world of expressive therapy.

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 1:00pm

All God’s Children MCC
3100 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Art therapy has been shown to be an effective way of healing, processing, and expressing truths about ourselves- regardless of our level of artistic abilities. Expressing ourselves through art can tap into parts of our story that we have repressed or ignored.

Here at Out and Sober Minnesota, we believe it is important to take PRIDE in who we are, where we have come from, and where we are heading. Saturday, March 28th you will have an opportunity to express these truths in a fun and creative way.

The day will start with a brief discussion on the benefits of creative expression in recovery, followed by an art therapy workshop, and end with an opportunity to discuss and share the amazing works of art everyone created!

Art supplies will be provided as well as snacks and beverages.

Mar 03

Join Rainbow Health Initiative for a different kind of happy hour

3-3-2015 12-56-34 PMHappy Hour – It’s in your hands is a 10-week workshop series based on positive psychology. Limited to 12 inidividuals per 10-week series.

Wednesdays, March 18-May 20
Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer (LCCR)
5440 Penn Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419

This is a free program and open to the public.

For more information and/or to RSVP, contact or call 612-206-3180.

Feb 09

Complete our survey and be entered to win a $50 Target gift card

target-gift-cardOut and Sober Minnesota needs your help.

In our continuing effort to deliver fun, informational, and educational events to the community we are asking for your feedback. This is your chance to contribute to the evolution of this vital organization.

Please take a moment to complete this short survey and let us know how we are doing and what we could be doing better.

Take our Survey >

Everyone that submits a completed survey on or before 3/15/15 will be entered in a drawing for a $50.00 Target gift card*

Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts and suggestions with us.

*Only one entry per person. Must provide e-mail or phone number for contact purposes. Drawing will be held and winner will be notified on 3/20/15

Feb 04

February Event: Snowtubing!

Snow Tubing - 1Snowtubing Event!!
Saturday, February 21, 2015 10:30am – 3:00pm

Snowtubing at:
Badlands Snow Park 772 Kinney Rd. Hudson, WI 54016

Bus Ride & Meet Up Location:
Wesley Historic Center 101 East Grant Street Mpls, MN 55403

Cost $15 Scholarships Available

Join us for a fun afternoon of snow tubing at the Badlands Snow Park in Hudson, Wisconsin!
We have chartered a bus to take us from Minneapolis into Hudson. The bus ride is free of charge to anyone who wants to attend. We will be leaving the Wesley Historic Center (Jitters) at 10:30am. Please get there early so we can leave on time.

We will plan on snow tubing from approximately 12:00pm – 2:00pm. We will leave Badlands Snow Park promptly at 2:15pm and return back to Wesley Historic Center by 3:00pm. Following snow tubing we will have fellowship at the Nicollet Diner for all who want to come.

The ticket price for snow tubing is $15 dollars. This includes lift ticket and the bus trip to and from the event. We only have 44 seats on the bus, so don’t delay, sign up today!!


Everyone must register online in advance. Click here to register today!! We cannot accept walk-up registrations the day of the event.

Jan 08

January Event: Overcoming the Winter Blues

Overcoming the Winter BluesWinters in Minnesota can be a challenging time, especially for those who have depression and seasonal affect disorder. This event will feature people in our community to have experienced these issues and have found ways of beating those winter blues.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 1:00pm – 3:00pm
All God’s Children MCC Church
3100 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
$5 Suggested Donation

For more information, go to our Facebook event page. You can also download a PDF of this flyer.

For a listing of past and upcoming Out and Sober Minnesota events, view our events page.

Jan 05

Join us for Coffee and Conversation on Sat, January 17th

Facebook Event profile imageThe Board of Out and Sober Minnesota invites you to coffee and conversation. As we seek to continue to improve our organization, we are considering changing our name to “The Fellowship” with the tagline “Queer & Sober MN”. We want to offer our membership the opportunity to weigh in on the new name and let us know your thoughts. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00pm
Twin Cities Leather and Latte
2717 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408
*Please note, we will be meeting downstairs in the community room*


If you are unable to attend, send your thoughts to Kevin Champion, our board chair via e-mail to chair[at] Please send your responses by Friday, January 16th.

Dec 12

Welcome to our new website!

new-and-improvedWelcome to our new and improved website! As part of our mission to be of service to the LGBT recovery community in the Twin Cities we have spent a great deal of time re-vamping and putting our website on a new platform that will showcase our new look and make it easier for us to update the site on a regular basis.

So, welcome! Click around and check out our new place. We hope that you like it!

Dec 12

December Holiday Event Details

2014_December_TeaserYou are cordially invited to join us in celebrating the joy of the season at Lyndale House.

We will have great food (hors d’oeuvres and desserts), fun, and fellowship

We are going to be having a dessert contest so please bring your favorite family recipe to share for a chance to win awesome prizes

Other activities will include sober charades and a holiday sing along. Carry a tune as we usher in the holiday week

Please RSVP now so we can plan for food and beverages. For more information, visit our Facebook page.

Sponsored by Lyndale House, Out and Sober Minnesota, and Rainbow Health Initiative.

Nov 18

Pride Institute Alumni & Friends Holiday Party

PRIDE_Inst_logoPlease Join Ladies of the Lakes, Out and Sober Minnesota & CALLIOPE Women’s Chorus for our PRIDE Institute ALUMNI & FRIENDS HOLIDAY PARTY

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 6:00-9:00 pm
at Pride Institute

Order of Events:
6pm: Welcome and Alumni Speakers: Latonia R, Jared A and Jim C
7pm: Cookie Decorating with The Ladies of the Lakes – Cookies will be donated to the Aliveness Project for their Holiday Gift Baskets
8pm: Performance by Calliope Women’s Chorus!
9pm: Closing Gratitude
We are accepting and collecting canned food donations for the Exchange & clothing donations for Joseph’s Coats.

Please enter at the upstairs, front door to drop your donations, be greeted & sign our confidentiality statement!

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