LGBTQ+ Youth Programs in Maine
Creating Welcoming Communities for Queer and Trans Youth of Kids and Teens With All Intersectional Identities
At OUT Maine, we have an ambitious goal: to create more welcoming and affirming communities for Maine’s diverse queer youth in all their intersectional identities by changing the very systems that serve them. LGBTQ+ youth face serious challenges, including sadness, depression, and risk of suicide. Providing support for genderqueer and nonbinary kids in Maine as well as for adults and professionals who serve as their social support, can help save lives. By supporting LGBTQ+ youth and their families, empowering queer youth in our Maine communities, and educating providers, we help create welcoming and affirming spaces needed by our LGBTQ+ population.
Teen LGBTQ+ Programs Support Mental Health & Build Welcoming Communities
Approximately 30% of Maine teens identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning. That percentage is even higher — 40% — among teens in foster care. At OUT Maine, our rural, community-based, prevention-focused programming and training lifts up queer youth in Maine’s isolated and under-resourced regions and strives to create a strong safety net of supportive adults that can help make a difference in the lives of queer young people. With youth programs, LGBTQ+ programs for schools, and inclusivity training and support, OUT Maine helps build the confidence and life skills that help Maine’s queer youth thrive.
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Latest Blog Posts
Your child just came out. Now what?
So you’ve had “the big conversation” — your child or family member’s come out to you — and now what? (Oh, and in case you missed it, take a moment to check out these recent blog posts, What’s a parent to do? Communication and support for your LGBTQ+ child and What to...
Improving School Capacity to Celebrate Diversity and Support All Marginalized Youth
OUT Maine’s Program Director Katie Lutts (2nd from left) with students and their GSTA advisor at an OUT Maine weekend retreat. Photo courtesy of Steven Scoville.Thanks to generous support from the Pull Up Fund, OUT Maine is expanding its school climate initiative,...
What to do if someone is refusing to use the right name and pronouns for a young person.
Using preferred names and pronouns literally saves lives!According to The Trevor Project - the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ youth - young people whose pronouns are respected by all or most of the people in their...