Posted January 23, 2020
2019 was an incredible year for OUT Maine in its mission to make our state welcoming and affirming for LGBTQ+ youth. For the first time, we hosted the annual Rainbow Ball Weekend at Camp Wavus in Jefferson -- a tremendous success with 200+ LGBTQ+ and allied high school youth and teachers from across the state in attendance. In the fall, OUT Maine joined forces with Haystack Mountain School of Crafts to hold the first bi-annual weekend of arts and crafts taught by LGBTQ+ artists and master crafters from around the country at the Haystack campus in Deer Isle. Over 60 LGBTQ+ high school juniors and seniors attended this event. OUT Maine also greatly expanded its reach with youth in rural Maine through regional youth overnights and weekend retreats and dramatically increased its safety net of trained providers through our trainings across the state.
Many amazing Mainers have shown OUT Maine their appreciation and support by raising funds to support its mission of building a more welcoming and affirming
A Portland 7th grader -- Haddie Tennenhouse -- raised $130 to purchase additional formal wear for the prom-goers at the Rainbow Ball LGBTQ+ safe prom.
Another young person, Piper Charron from Hancock County, created commissioned paintings and raised $300 for OUT Maine!
OUT Maine is also grateful to the businesses and organizations who held fundraisers for OUT Maine in 2019. Mid-Coast Community Chorus raised $5,000
at their summer concert Spheres and, more recently, Belfast Co-op raised over $3,500 during their November monthly round-up campaign for the upcoming
2020 Rainbow Ball Weekend.
Making our communities welcoming and affirming is a team effort, and we are so grateful to all who support this important work to create hope and possibility
for LGBTQ+ youth.