OUT Maine’s first Parent Information Night will take place Wednesday, July 12, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the OUT Maine office, 63 Park St. Anyone who is parenting or caring for youth with a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is invited to attend. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

This first gathering will focus on introductions and discussion to determine needs and interests for future sessions. “We will schedule and design future Parent Info Nights based on what we learn from the first group,” OUT Program Director Sue Campbell said.

“We’ve been hearing from parents and grandparents that they want to support their youth, to advocate for them in schools and elsewhere, but don’t know where to begin. Ultimately, this program will be a combination of providing parents with resources they need and giving them time to connect with each other to build peer support.”

Campbell will facilitate the monthly information night, along with OUT Maine board member Ralph Moore. Both have raised LGBT youth and have professional experience working with parents and teens on a variety of issues. Moore currently teaches ethics at the Watershed School in Camden. Prior to joining OUT Maine, Campbell was active in schools statewide.

For more information about OUT Maine, visit outmaine.org.