June 16. Southern Maine Pride Parade
Out! youth participated in Southern Maine Pride Parade and Pride activities at Deering Oaks Park, Portland.
June 7. Octopi Main St Pop Up Art Show
Out! youth participated in Pop up Art Show at Studio 407. The event was part of Rockland's First Friday ArtWalk.
May 11: Fashions' Night Out!
Fashion's Night Out! was a fabulous night for all. Special thanks to The Hot Mammas, a group of Midcoast women who donate their time and energy for worthy causes who organized the show to benefit Out! Thanks also to David Scriven Crowley Gallery and Asymmetrick Arts who hosted the event and all who contributed to the evening.
The show featured designers and outfits from Maine and beyond, modeled by a dozen local men and women and Out! youth. Local designers included Beth Bowley of fourTWELVE Greg Tinder of Tsarevich Couture in Northport, knitwear designer Sarah Brand-New of Belfast and Susan Perrine. Participating designers included Lisa Barfuss of Skirtin' Around; Gail Perezutti of New York-based Candela. Retail stores included fourTWELVE in Rockland and the Eclectic Closet in Belfast.
Local community artist Alexis Iamarrino worked with Out! youth to create banners and T-shirts for the event.
April 26 and May 2. Day of Silence.
Four hundred students, faculty and staff participated in Day of Silence activities at four local high schools. Day of Silence is a day of action to bring attention to how LGBT students are effectively silenced by harassment and bullying. These events were organized by student led GSTAs (Gay Straight Transgender Alliances) and Diversity Clubs at Oceanside East, Rockland; Oceanside West, Thomaston; Medomak High School, Waldoboro; and Camden Hills Regional High School, Camden. Pen Bay Press wrote about the event.
April 19-21. Rainbow Ball, Machias
Twenty Out! youth attended a weekend of workshops and the Rainbow Ball at the University of Maine at Machias. This weekend event for Maine LGBT youth is sponsored by the university's 100% Society http://machias.edu/rainbow-ball-weekend-2013.html