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 helps 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. See the events page for upcoming groups.
OUT hosts a monthly parent info night for anyone parenting or caring for youth with a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The group meets monthly - on the second Wednesday, 6-7:30 PM - at the OUT offices in Rockland. Participation is free and open to the public, facilitated by Sue Campbell, Program Director, and Ralph Moore, Board Member. Both have raised LGBT youth and have professional experiences working with parents and teens on a variety of issues. Please check shedule for upcoming dates.
Family Fest Events
OUT hosts family events for families with youth who have a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Participation is free and open to the public. Please check the schedule for upcoming events.