Sue Campbell, Executive Director of OUT Maine, recently attended a school board meeting at MSAD 40 where approximately 300 people were in attendance to either give or listen to arguments for and against the book Gender Queer remaining in the high school library. ...
Dear Anonymous: If you have someone who has not yet shared their pronouns with you, the best to do is offer your own pronouns. Say "Hello, my name is _____, and I use (he/him) pronouns." It is best to let this person share their pronouns with you on their own terms...
We are excited to welcome our new Finance Coordinator, Jamie Knowles! Jamie has spent most of his life in the Midcoast Maine region, and after several moves and trips around North America, came back to roost and serve his community. He comes to OUT Maine bringing his...
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.