Outright Lewiston Auburn

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Vanessa Macoy Current Program Coordinator and Penny Sargent former Program Coordinator
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Supporting These Counties:
Androscoggin, Oxford
Maine Owned?
Yes
Soldier / Veteran Owned?
No
Non-Profit?
Yes
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Outright Lewiston-Auburn’s  mission is to create safe and affirming environments for youth ages 14-21 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,  queer and/or questioning.

  • Weekly drop-in for youth ages 14-21 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.
  • Youth Advisory Board to encourage Youth Empowerment and help us better serve the youth we work with.
  • It’s Ok To Be Me Support Group for Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Gender Creative and Non-Binary Youth and their parents.  Two simultaneous peer to peer support group meetings helping  youth and parents through their journey’s.
  • Support for Gay/ Straight Alliances and similar programs at local high schools
  • Find, train and maintain a group of about 30 youth and adult volunteers who oversee drop-in, events, dances, provide outreach, assist with trainings, fundraising and one on one support for youth in need.
  • 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 Maine, Portland Outright,  All About Prevention, University of Southern Maine- Lewiston Auburn (USM/ LAC), Family Planning, Sexual Assault Crisis Center (SACC), Lots to Gardens and , GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network )
  •  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
  • Three 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