Building welcoming & affirming communities for Maine's LGBTQ+ youth
New! Free Best Practices Guide
Best practices for LGBTQ+ inclusive youth programming, developed for youth organizations, outlines best practices that can be applied to any organization.
Making Maine communities welcoming and affirming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth.
We support, educate, and empower queer youth in partnership with their allies and families.
1 in 5 Maine teens
identify as LGBTQ+
LGBTQ+ Youth face Serious cHallenges
Feeling sad or hopeless
LGBT students are more than twice as likely to feel sad or hopeless for two or more weeks in the past year.
Risk of suicide
In Maine, 41% of LBGT teens seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months. That is 2,800 LGBT students! That's enough to fill 58 school buses.
Mental health issues
Nearly half of LGBT students have long-term emotional or behavioral problems expected to last 6 months or more.