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!
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.