Parents & Families
Parents and families of LGBTQ youth need support and resources, too. Many have nowhere to turn for answers to their questions. OUT continues to receive calls from parents whose children have come out to them as LGBQ or transgender, and they feel as if they are drowning. They don't know how to respond supportively, their spouses/parents are often not willing to accept that the child is LGBTQ, and too often youth are kicked out of their homes and left homeless. LGBTQ youth represent a disproportionate number (up to 40%) of homeless teens in Maine and our midcoast region has no resources for unaccompanied homeless youth.
OUT's goal is to help parents and families address these issues more effectively and reduce the incidence of youth being on the street as a result of family challenges through ongoing parent/family support groups in 2016-2017.