WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND MAINE?
We are so fortunate to live in a state where community members and allied organizations are provided cutting edge community programming for the LGBTQ+ community!
Check out brief descriptions of some of the work these different organizations are up to below. If you'd like to let us know what your organization is up to and be added to this list, please contact us!
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"The mission of the Civil Rights Team Project (CRTP) is to increase the safety of elementary, middle level, and high school students by reducing bias-motivated behaviors and harassment in our schools."
"For nearly a decade, DEPA networking events have been free and open to
the local LGBT business community & its allies. We meet in Portland, Maine quarterly for casual cocktails & conversation, with a few special events in between."
"This collection preserves the history of the LGBT communities in Maine by collecting material produced by organizations and individuals. This collection also contains a book collection, is rich in both archival and personal papers, and contains a collection of photographs documenting the LGBT activism in the 1990s."
"The Maine Educationalists on Sexual Harmony (MESH) has a goal to create a holistic integration of sex and identity and to (re)build a stronger community united with sex-positive awareness. We are here to utilize our combined skills and knowledge to initiate conversation, provide information and material to educate and entertain our communities, and form a network of sex positivity and limitless identity."
"Our mission is to provide support and resources for the transgender community, their families, and significant others, and to raise awareness about the varied forms of gender identity and expression by providing training and consultation to health and social service providers."
"Welcome to the Outright Lewiston/Auburn website. Our mission is to create safe and affirming environments for youth ages 14-21 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or questioning."
"Pride Portland! is a celebration of Portland, Maine’s LGBTQIA — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, ally/asexual community. Our goal is to bring people together to celebrate the achievements of the LGBTQA movement, remember our history and raise awareness of the work that still needs to be done. Fostering and honoring inclusivity, diversity and unity, Pride Portland! builds stronger connections among individuals, organizations and businesses."
"The Waterville Inclusive Community Project (WICP) brings together organizations and individuals who are invested in creating welcoming and safe spaces for LGBTQ youth in Waterville, Maine and neighboring communities. The WICP works to empower Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their allies to be leaders and change agents in their schools and communities."
"The Downeast Maine chapter of GLSEN was founded in 1997. Though we have always been a small group, we have accomplished several notable things. Among those have been a series of statewide conferences for GLBTQ youth and their allies called "Building Bridges of Respect". Through those we have served over 1000 youth."
"EqualityMaine is Maine's oldest and largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political advocacy organization. Our members and supporters hail from every region of the state, brought together by a common goal: making equality a reality for all citizens."
"The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA) is organized to end sexual violence in Maine and to support high quality sexual violence prevention and response within Maine communities. MECASA’s work spans a range of programming and partnerships to bring the voices of Maine’s sexual assault support centers and the victims/survivors they serve to statewide and national sexual violence prevention and response efforts."
"Maine Gay Men's Chorus is dedicated to excellence in the choral arts. We are committed to providing a positive, productive, educational, social and entertainment experience for our members, friends and audience. Through our music, we strive to educate ourselves and the community at large by delivering the message of social acceptance and diversity.”
"Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy."
"Maine's original LGBTQIA business and professional networking organization, the Rainbow Business and Professional Association (RBPA) was established in 1992 to promote networking within the LGBTQIA business community. It was initially conceived to support the coming out process of LGBTQIA professionals and business people throughout the State of Maine and to encourage us to spend our gay dollars within the gay community. Over the years RBPA has become Maine's premier LGBTQIA business networking organization."
"Founded in 1996, GLSEN-Southern Maine (based in Portland) and Downeast GLSEN (based in Ellsworth) respond to students and families in need and consult with school staff. These two Maine GLSEN chapters provide resources and support for 60 Gay-Straight-Trans Alliances in high schools in 15 of Maine's 16 counties."
"Since 1978, GLAD's bold and effective advocacy has achieved scores of precedent-setting legal victories to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression."
"Domestic Abuse is a serious issue among lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and transgender people. Overall, 25 to 30% of relationships are abusive, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation"
"The Maine Suicide Prevention Program (MSPP) recommends a comprehensive approach. Multiple program strategies reach the general public and individuals in direct contact with people at-risk. The MSPP strongly believes that it is essential to educate and train adults in specific suicide prevention knowledge and skills before they teach about suicide prevention, especially with youth. This is necessary so that when an individual seeks help from an adult, the adults are prepared to respond effectively and safely and; are familiar with referral procedures and available helping resources."
"MQC is a community of queer and trans individuals, and allies working to broaden and strengthen a trans positive, queer friendly Maine. We are a proud project of Resources for Organizing and Social Change."
"Outright supports under-served members of the LGBTQ+ youth population through weekly drop-in hours, ongoing mentorship, social events, and trainings, as well as intentional support to youth navigating systems -- such as the juvenile justice system, foster care, homelessness and mental health services."
"The Trans Youth Equality Foundation provides education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families. Our mission is to share information about the unique needs of this community, partnering with families, educators and service providers to help foster a healthy, caring, and safe environment for all transgender children."