Building a Welcoming and Affirming Maine
Almost 1 in 5 Maine teens identify as LGBTQ+
3% identify as transgender or questioning
15% identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual
Changing Maine statistics...
9 out of 10 LGBTQ+ youth bullied regularly
3-4X suicidal thoughts/actions compared to peers
54% of transgender students are suicidal
2X use of inhalants, cocaine, heroin
25-40% of homeless teens are LGBTQ+
...To joy, hope & possibility
Building youth self-esteem, skills and community
Creating welcoming and affirming schools
Weaving a safety net of trained providers statewide
Supporting parents and families
Changing climate in communities all over Maine
OUT Maine works toward a welcoming and affirming Maine for all rural young people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender identities.
In partnership with their allies and families, OUT Maine supports, educates and empowers these youth in their journey from adolescence to adulthood.