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
What to do when someone comes out to you
Have you ever had someone share with you that they are LGBTQ+? What did it feel like? Did you feel nervous, awkward, or confused? Did you feel honored, relieved, grateful? Did it seem like a big deal for the person sharing? What questions did you have? For LGBTQ+...
What’s a parent to do? Communication and support for your LGBTQ+ child.
“I was terrified. This was unchartered territory for me.” “I didn’t want this for my child.” “My head started swirling with the news stories of kids who get bullied for being gay, or even killed.” “It was completely shocking. I thought my daughter would always be my...
A Better Future for Maine’s LGBTQ+ Youth
Thanks to funding from The Clowes Fund, OUT Maine has been working hard to create a better future for LGBTQ+ youth through programming that focuses on post-secondary education and workforce engagement. LGBTQ+ youth are regularly bullied in schools, often skipping...