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History of Rainbow Ball Weekend

Started 14 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 skillbuilding, thanks to our partnership with Camp Kieve-Wavus. Rainbow Ball Weekend is a direct youth suicide prevention intervention, giving 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.

“I found myself being completely carefree, and open about my sexuality. That’s something I’ve never been able to do before.”

– 2019 Rainbow Ball Weekend youth participant.

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