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Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey
Equality Maine works to secure full equality for LGBT people in Maine through education, advocacy, and community events.
GLSEN Southern Maine Chapter
GLSEN aims to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
MaineTransNet is a community based organization led by transgender people for transgender people. MTN offers peer-to-peer support groups, social and community events, advocacy for the transgender community across Maine, and transgender cultural competency training for medical, mental health, and social service providers.
Based in Rockland, OUT Maine's statewide, three-pronged approach: support, empower and educate are the cornerstone to building the welcoming and affirming communities urgently needed for Maine’s LGBTQ+ youth.
Portland Outright supports underserved members of the LGBTQ+ youth community through weekly member meetings, ongoing mentorship, social events, and trainings, as well as intentional support to youth navigating systems -- such as the juvenile justice system, foster care, homelessness and mental health services.
Portland Maine PFLAG
PFLAG Portland offers compassionate peer support to the parents, families and friends of, and including, LGBTQ individuals through group discussion, education, advocacy and creating connections to community resources.
Pride Portland! brings people in the Greater Portland, Maine area together for an annual parade and festival to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ movement, raise awareness of the community’s ongoing struggles, and foster an environment of inclusivity, accessibility and solidarity.
School Experiences of LGBT Youth
By The Numbers
About 10% of the general population identifies as LGBTQ, but many more identify as not strictly heterosexual.
According to the GLSEN 2017 National School Climate Survey Maine State Snapshot:
- The vast majority LGBTQ students in Maine regularly heard homophobic remarks at school.
- Most LGBTQ students in Maine experienced anti-LGBTQ victimization at school. Most never reported the incident to school staff (52%). Only 24% of students who reported incidents said it resulted in effective staff intervention.
- Many LGBTQ students in Maine reported discriminatory policies or practices at their school. Nearly 3 in 5 (56%) experienced at least one form of anti-LGBTQ discrimination at school during the past year.
- Fewer than 1 in 4 (22%) were taught positive representations of LGBTQ people, history, or events (inclusive curriculum). Only 1 in 10 (10%) reported receiving LGBTQ-inclusive sex education at school.
View the Maine Snapshot.