Building welcoming & affirming communities for Maine's LGBTQ+ youth

Building welcoming & affirming communities for Maine's LGBTQ+ youth






ATTN. Young Artists, Art Teachers & GSTA Advisors!

We are seeking young artists for the following events. Please help connect young artists with these opportunities!

OUT Maine Haystack Art Weekend

Nominations due ASAP

Registration Deadline June 1st

We are seeking nominations from art teachers and GSTA advisors of LGBTQ+ rising juniors and seniors to attend a 3-day weeked of art workshops in September. LEARN MORE!

Youth Pride Art Show & Pride Walk

Art submissions due May 20th

We are seeking ART and WRITING by youth of all ages (22 and younger) for our 2022 Youth Pride Art Show & Pride Walk in June! LEARN MORE!

Help us send
a set of LGBTQ+ inclusive books
to interested Maine school libraries.

Increase visibility, celebrate diversity and foster supportive communities with these thoughtfully curated book sets.

For every $400 donated to the Read the Rainbow Program, we will send a set of 20+ LGBTQ+ inclusive books to a Maine school library!

Free Guides!

Best practices for LGBTQ+ inclusive youth programming

Developed for youth organizations, outlines best practices that can be applied to any organization. REQUEST FREE GUIDE.

Making your workplace more LGBTQ+ friendly

Helps you create a more LGBTQ+ friendly workplace and outlines general best practices for policies and procedures. REQUEST FREE GUIDE.

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum

Curriculum for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 developed by OUT Maine. REQUEST FREE CURRICULUM.

GSTA Guidebook

Start a GSTA (Gay Straight Trans Alliance) in your school! REQUEST FREE GUIDE.

Are you looking to hear from youth voices? Dear Chuck is a column that will allow parents, GSTA advisors, community members, and more to submit questions that will be reviewed and answered by youth age 16-22 who are a part of the queer futures group with OUT Maine staff support. If you have a question please submit it to or use the form below!


At OUT Maine, we have an ambitious goal: to create more welcoming and affirming communities for Maine’s diverse queer youth in all of their intersectional identities by changing the very systems that serve them.

1 in 5 Maine Teens Identify as LGBTQ+

 LGBTQ+ Youth Face Serious Challenges

Feeling sad or hopeless

LGBT students are more than twice as likely to feel sad or hopeless for two or more weeks in the past year.

Risk of suicide

In Maine, 41% of LBGT teens seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months. That is 2,800 LGBT students! That’s enough to fill 58 school buses.

Mental health issues

Nearly half of LGBT students have long-term emotional or behavioral problems expected to last 6 months or more.

Providing Support Can Change Lives

Safe Schools Through GSTAs

Youth Connection

Welcoming Environments

Supportive Adults

REMEMBER : Just ONE supportive adult can save lives!


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