Rainbow Ball Weekend’s New Home!
This is an exciting year for Rainbow Ball Weekend! The founders and organizers of Rainbow Ball Weekend have transferred the planning and hosting of the weekend to OUT Maine, recognizing their stellar track record supporting LGBTQ youth across the state of Maine. OUT Maine will sustain Rainbow Ball Weekend so that youth can count on this important weekend each spring.
This year, the theme of Rainbow Ball Weekend is Proudly OUT, Proudly Maine and it will take place at Camp Wavus from May 3-5, 2019.
History of Rainbow Ball Weekend
Started 11 years ago, Rainbow Ball Weekend is larger than an event, it’s a 3-day weekend of educational and social programming for 200 Maine lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning (LGBTQ) and allied high school students. Rainbow Ball Weekend builds community and connections, opens youth to a wider world
of more acceptance and opportunity, and encourages educational aspirations.
Rainbow Ball Weekend’s programming and activities directly address the isolation, underdeveloped aspirations, academic challenges, health risks and lack of hope faced by many Maine LGBTQ youth. Each year, youth look forward to this weekend, which includes a safe prom, workshops, and leadership skill-building, thanks to our partnership with Camp Kieve-Wavus. Rainbow Ball Weekend gives participants a year-long sense of community, hope, joy, and motivation to complete high school that is supported by ongoing regional youth-connecting events in the ensuing months.