Everyone is invited to an evening with friends and family supporting Out! As I Want to Be Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. “Any Day Now,” starring the award-winning Alan Cumming, will be screened at 7 p.m.; and Jonathan Frost Gallery, around the corner at 21 Winter St., will host light refreshments after the movie for mingling.

Out! As I Want to Be, the Midcoast’s only nonprofit serving LGBTQ youth. Proceeds from this annual Out! At the Movies event help fund programs to provide safe spaces and leadership development for these at-risk youth.

“Any Day Now,” winner of 10 audience awards at film festivals around the country, is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When his mother abandons a teenager with Down syndrome, a gay couple takes him in and becomes the loving family he has never had. When authorities discover their unconventional living arrangement, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own. Inspired by a true story from the late 1970s, “Any Day Now” touches on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.

Tickets are $25, with all proceeds go directly to programming. Tickets may be purchased at the Strand online at rocklandstrand.com or at the box office between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. daily.

One of just a few remaining programs of its kind in Maine, Out! As I Want to Be supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning young people and their allies in Maine’s Midcoast and inland areas. Through affirmation, advocacy, education and guidance, Out! assists LGBTQ youth, 22 and younger, in their journey from adolescence to adulthood.

Based in Rockland, Out! relies primarily on individual donations and does not receive state or federal funds. For more information, to volunteer or to make a contribution to Out!, visit outmaine.org, email outmaine@yahoo.com or write to Out! As I Want to Be, P.O. Box 1723, Rockland, ME 04841.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.