Located in the
St. Croix Valley of
Out In The Valley is a non-profit social and community service organization benefiting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer residents of the St. Croix River Valley of Minnesota/Wisconsin.
We meet to socialize with each other, learn about programs and issues that affect our communities and our world, and support programs that benefit the communities in which our members reside.
Out In The Valley covers the entire St. Croix River Valley in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Most of our members live in Minnesota's Washington and Chisago
Counties, and Wisconsin's St. Croix and Pierce Counties, but some reside as far away as Rochester, MN, St. Cloud, MN, and Eau
We have approximately equal numbers of
men and women of all ages, many with partners and some with children, along
with some mixed-gender couples and allies, and also group, organizational,
and business members.
Out In The Valley is supported by donations from members. If there is a charge for any social event, it's explained
in the event's announcement and collected at the event. An annual donation of $20 per member is suggested. We hope all our members choose to be contributing members and attend at least one OITV meeting each year.
OUT IN THE VALLEY
Voicemail: 612-822-0127 ext.9502,
or 800-800-0350 ext.9502
Out In The Valley's regular monthly meetings are usually monthly at members' homes throughout the area, or at
more public locations such as restaurants, museums, libraries, or schools.
The home meetings usually start with a potluck dinner. Programs have
included musical and sing-along evenings, the showing of LGBTQ-related
movies and television programs, professional financial and legal advice, an
afternoon or evening of games, barbecues and picnics, a
presentation about ex-gay "ministries," talks by political and religious
figures, garden visits, and other programs of interest.
Other Events We Participate In
Outdoor events are coordinated with Outwoods, the Twin Cities' LGBTQ
outdoor-activities group. Other events have included participation in
annual Fourth of July and Gay Pride parades and other holiday events in the
St. Croix Valley communities, visits to local museums and tourist
attractions, concert and theatre parties, in addition to the monthly
How We Keep Members Informed
A newsletter is sent to all members every month by
email. It typically includes a report of the previous month's meeting, announcement of the current month's meeting, listings of all sorts of upcoming LGBTQ-related events and
television programs, stories about individual members, ads for LGBTQ-friendly businesses in the area, and other items of interest.
We issue a membership directory only for the
personal use of members, not for business or political mailing-list use.
Members individually choose whether or not to be listed in it. Another ongoing project
is compiling a directory of gay-friendly businesses in the St. Croix
Our members maintain contacts with schools, churches,
Chambers of Commerce, Human Rights Commissions, and other community
social-service organizations. We participate in the area's
Adopt-A-Highway program twice a year and sponsor a scholarship fund for LGBTQ youth.