Safe Schools in Maine

Support LGBTQ+ Youth in Maine during Covid-19

These are challenging times and we recognize that being young and queer can be even more difficult if you can’t be with your friends, support groups, and you’re stuck inside with less than supportive family and/or roommates. We’re excited to announce youth led drop-in groups so young LGBTQ+ people across Maine can see and hear from one another.  We have amazing youth leaders, all graduates of our New Leaders Project, ready to facilitate groups for various ages and identities. Youth participants must register using the online form found at the following link.

Click here for information regarding our NEW digital youth lead drop-in groups. 

Creating Safer Schools

In addition to advocating for rules and education policies that affect LGBTQ youth, EqualityMaine is committed to making schools safer by working with administrators, teachers, parents and students through a variety of methods. We share research, data, policy updates, and other pertinent information with school administrators statewide, provide consultation services and professional development opportunities on how to support LGBTQ students, including programs on how to address LGBTG bullying and how to create safer school communities for transgender students, and organize regional Safe School conferences, including an annual event called THE Q at UMaine Orono for school staff and students across Maine to participate in. We are proud to partner with youth organizations all across Maine on this initiative, including GLSEN Southern Maine (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network). Starting in the Fall of 2015, we began to offer organizational support for their monthly regional GSTA (Gay Straight Transgender Alliances are school clubs) nights and with GLSEN’s youth leadership team. 

Direct Engagement

Direct youth engagement involves dynamic relationships and dialogue between EqualityMaine’s staff and board, community members, partnering organizations, with young people. Whether it’s through volunteering on political campaigns and initiatives, participating in community events and school based internships, or as a member of our New Leaders Project, a youth leadership academy, EqualityMaine creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service, leadership, and advocacy.

© 2020 EqualityMaine

web site design and hosting by Artopa, LLC