The Faces of OUT
OUT Maine/OUT As I Want To Be is a non-profit, youth-driven organization dedicated to the support & empowerment of LGBTQ young people in Midcoast Maine - in their schools, in their communities, & in their lives.
Since 1996, we have operated a drop-in center in Rockland, ME. Drop-in is a safe space for youth aged 14-22 to explore and express their identities at any point in their journey, a place where they can find supportive peers and adult allies, confidential discussion groups, LGBTQ-centric projects and activities, and a place to be themselves free of judgement.
In addition to drop-in, OUT! is working to bring GSTAs (Gay-Straight-Trans Alliances) to schools in Knox, Waldo & Lincoln counties, as well as reaching out to parents & community members to foster safe spaces for youth where they live, beyond the walls of our drop-in center. We believe that the world should be their safe space.
In the aftermath of the Orlando tragedy, making rural Maine welcoming and affirming for everyone has never been more critical.
Consider what our LGBTQ teens are now facing as they consider going public with their identity and sexual orientation.
We need to come together to change the message from one of hate and ignorance to one of support and safety. Your involvement is vital as we strive to build an inclusive, supportive environment.
© 2016 OUT Maine, 63 Park St Rockland, ME 04841