Safe Schools in Maine

How We Support LGBTQ Youth in Maine

EqualityMaine is committed to providing comprehensive, community-wide programs that reduce the risks young people face and increase opportunities for success by working to create safer schools, providing education and professional development, and through direct engagement. We regularly work in collaboration with agencies across the state and serve as a member of The Supporting LGBTQ Youth Coalition of Maine.

Click here for a snapshot of the issues LGBTQ youth are currently facing in Maine

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.

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