How We Offer Our Support To Our Community
• Weekly drop-in for youth ages 12-21 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allies. This is a place to hang out, get support from trained volunteers, receive HIV and STD education and information about testing, and support/ education about other topics related to sexual health, suicide prevention, consent, and harm reduction.
• Support for Gay/ Straight Alliances and similar programs at local high schools
• Find, train, and maintain a group of youth and adult volunteers to oversee drop-ins, events, and dances as well as provide outreach and assist with training and fundraising.
• Provide one to one support for parents and professionals who have LGBTQ youth in their lives
• Trainings for professionals who work with youth about increasing safety and awareness of the needs of LGBTQ youth in their programs and schools
• Annual state-wide Maine QT Youth Summit
• Collaborations with other programs working with and for lgbtq youth such as New Beginnings, Out As I Want to Be, Portland Outright. We also collaborate with the Auburn Public Library, SAPARS (Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services, Lots to Gardens and , GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network ), Safe Voices, and Healthy Androscoggin.
• We also lead the Pride LA Maine Parade and encourage youth to participate in the planning.
• Annual Lewistunning Dragapalooza , our very successful drag show fundraiser and community building event
• Outreach to schools and programs, youth and adults, about diversity, respect and oppression
• Safer sex and sexual health outreach to youth in schools and programs
• Two dances each year that provide a safe supportive environment for LGBTQ youth to socialize
• Organize annual trips to Southern Maine Pride where youth can interact with the larger LGBT and straight allied communities
• Events that promote health for LGBTQ youth including World AIDS Day, Day of Silence, and National HIV testing events