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.
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“Sorry this book is coming back late. It’s just — I never expected to read a book that was so close to my own life. Like. Never. With some weirdly similar and specific details! So I had to read it twice, then I made my dad, sister, and boyfriend read it.” The student...
By August Sender, Training Coordinator - OUT Maine The book Gender Queer, a memoir by Maia Kobabe, has been in the news consistently recently. If you haven’t been following along, the book is a graphic novel - a comic-style story of the author's experience learning...
Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20th November is Trans Awareness Month, and November 20th is the 23rd annual Trans Day of Remembrance. Starting in 1999, and globally recognized starting in 2010, Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) names and honors the...
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.