Washington Post article
Last year the Merriam-Webster dictionary named the singular non-binary pronoun "they " word of the year and the following press coverage of this helped raise awareness of people who use gender neutral pronouns.
What about other languages that have male and female gender built into not just pronouns but nouns too?
This article explores how seven different languages are addressing dilemmas such as these and evolving to become more inclusive.
11/19/2019 - Pen Bay Pilot Article!
OUT Maine welcomes newest board members!
OUT Maine is excited to welcome five additions to its board of directors. The new members bring a broad spectrum of experience and wisdom, as well as geographic diversity across the state.
Jess Anderson, the Director of The Leadership School at Kieve Wavus Education, lives in Dresden and brings with her a passion for teaching and learning and decades of experience working with youth. Melissa Bellew is the CEO of the Penobscot Bay YMCA and also serves the Y on a national level as the Vice-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Resource Network. She lives in Rockport. Maulian Dana is a Penobscot Nation Tribal Citizen and currently serves as their Tribal Ambassador to the Maine legislature. Her work has included advocating for LGBTQ and Two Spirit Maine citizens through her platform as Ambassador. Ned Kane is a retired cross-functional non-profit executive who splits his time between Maine and Palm Springs, CA. Most recently, Ned was the Development & Operations Director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. Danielle Twomey has been an active member of the Queer and Trans community for over forty years. She currently manages the Lab and QA Group for the Air Bureau, Maine Department of Environmental Protection and lives in Poland, Maine.
We are thrilled with this new infusion of energy and support for Maine’s LGBTQ youth.
Coming up: Fall Training!
OUT Maine’s Program Director Sue Campbell will be offering full-day and half-day trainings throughout the state of Maine. The half-day training is titled Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Schools & Communities is three contact hours while the full day training, Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ+ Youth and Families While Navigating Ethical Challenges, is seven contact hours.
The first training will be September 26th and 27th at River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition in Rumford, Maine.
October 25th she will head down to the Topsham Public Library to offer one full-day training.
She will return to Oxford County November 14th and 15th at the Paris Fire Station in South Paris.
Discounts are available for educators, government employees, and nonprofits. For the Rumford and South Paris trainings there are further discounts for those who live and/or work in Oxford County.
Thank you to PRIDE Month Donors!
OUT Maine recently received generous donations from Maine businesses Hello Sailor and The Portland Westin. These businesses ran promotions during PRIDE Month (June) to raise money for OUT Maine. Thank you for your generosity and for supporting Maine's LGBTQ youth!
Thank you Mid Coast Community Chorus
Thanks to the generosity of Midcoast Community Chorus’ (MCC) June beneficiary concert, Spheres, OUT Maine’s statewide work supporting and empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth has stronger local community support.
Each year, the MCC generously donates a portion of its concert proceeds to an area nonprofit. This year, OUT Maine was chosen from over a dozen organizations applying for support. The generous gift continues to grow, as MCC members spread the word about the OUT Maine and the challenges facing LGBTQ youth and help the organization make more community connections.
OUT Maine is very grateful for this support – it takes all of us in the midcoast area to make our communities welcoming and affirming to LGBTQ youth! Special thanks to Board Chair Mim Bird, Artistic Director Steve Weston, Linda Leach and Beth Davis for all of their help and support!