Heartfelt thanks from the youth, staff, board and volunteers for being part of the change — supporting and empowering Maine’s rural LGBTQ+ youth.

To share our gratitude, please enjoy this photo essay by our LGBTQ+ youth/adult community called Rainbows of Sustenance, The 2020 Pandemic.

Thanks to your support, we are reaching Maine LGBTQ+ youth across the state virtually during the pandemic with creative programs like this project. You are making these connections and support possible!

Making your workplace more LGBTQ+ friendly can help you create a more LGBTQ+ friendly workplace and outlines general best practices for policies and procedures.

Best practices for LGBTQ+ inclusive youth programming, developed for youth organizations, outlines best practices that can be applied to any organization.

Building Welcoming and Inclusive Programs for LGBTQ+ Youth

Bangor Public Library

March 8th, 2023

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This intensive training is designed for anyone who works with youth. Participants will gain an understanding of LGBTQ+ terminology and issues, risk and protective factors, and current laws and rights. We will discuss best practices regarding pronoun usage, inclusive forms, and how to build welcoming, safe, and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth.

Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ+ Youth & Families For Mental Health Providers & Other Direct Support Professionals

Bangor Public Library

March 9th, 2023

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

This day-long training is for mental health providers, case managers, residential workers, school nurses, social workers, and any professional providing direct support for youth. This training is broken into four sections - an introduction of terminology, risk and protective factors, laws and rights, and an overview of best practices, followed by extensive sections focusing on the provider, direct support of youth, and navigating family systems.

This training is trauma-informed, strength-based, and offers CEUs. This training will be co-facilitated by Maura Oaks who is an LCPC and OUT Maine's Mental Health Coordinator, and August Sender who is OUT Maine's Training Coordinator and who has direct experience navigating the mental health services in Maine as a non-binary transgender individual.

Lunch, refreshments, and training materials will be provided. Attendance of the previous day's half-day training, or extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ youth is recommended - but not required - for this training.


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