ROCKLAND — OUT Maine’s Emerging Youth Leaders launched a podcast series for WERU-FM radio to share stories and help educate communities about the realities facing LGBTQ+ youth in Maine.

The podcast series, “LGBTea Time with Chuck,” is youth-conceived and led. Every single decision, from the name, format and discussion topics, to where it is aired and who hosts each episode, is made by young emerging leaders.

LGBTea Time is currently aired on WERU-FM on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Recordings of the podcast can also be heard on OUT Maine’s website, outmaine.org.

The current team has seven young adults between the ages of 15 and 19, who sport coffee and tea-themed radio names — Mocha, Jet, Chamomile, Juniper and Elderflower. The team also includes two incredible adult volunteers, Earl and Java, and OUT Maine staff. The youth and volunteers join from across Maine via videoconferencing. Java even joins from a ship, where they work at sea for months at a time, making the group a truly global community.

Chuck hosts the podcast. Regular listeners may notice Chuck’s voice sounds a little different each month, as the role of “Chuck” rotates across group members. Join this group as they share experiences to build understanding of Maine’s LGBTQ+ youth and encourage community across the state. Listen to the podcast at archives.weru.org/category/lgbtea-time.

For more information, visit outmaine.org.