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OUT Maine adapts to changes

Mar 30, 2020

Rockland — OUT Maine, a non-profit that serves LGBTQ-Plus youth throughout the state, cancelled Rainbow Ball Weekend, the largest LGBTQ-Plus youth event in Maine, which was set to take place in May. Cancellation of OUT Maine’s regional overnights and in-person youth groups followed.

OUT Maine is continuing much of its youth programming online. The staff has continued the weekly youth group via Zoom and Google classroom, and OUT’s Youth Policy Board has switched its focus towards a project combating social isolation. OUT Maine is also welcoming the young adults selected to be Junior Counselors at its cancelled Rainbow Ball to come together online to find community with each other and to dream up ways to create community in this challenging time. Staff is connecting directly with at-risk youth through phone calls and the use of social media platforms.

OUT Maine is also compiling online curricula for Gay Straight Trans Alliance advisors to use virtually with their youth and will be providing an online hub for GSTA advisors to find community and learn from and with each other.

OUT Maine also had to cancel its spring in-person training for educators and providers and is now working to provide support and resources to the adults supporting LGBTQ-Plus youth through online groups for providers, GSTA advisors, educators and parents as well as online training opportunities.

More information on these resources will be available on the website outmaine.org as soon as available.

 

 

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