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

Want to learn more? Read OUT Maine's Theory of Change.


Our Mission

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.