Rights and Resources for LGBTQ Youth and their Parents, Families, and Allies

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) foster care youth face serious risks and challenges. Just like other young people, they need acceptance, understanding, support, and resources.  It is also important for foster parents, families, and allies to have the resources needed to support LGBTQ youth in foster care.

The information below provides local and national support and resources for LGBTQ youth and those who care about them. LGBTQ Resources in Maine

Local Support:

  • Out! as I Want to Be offers LGBTQ weekly drop-in meetings on Wednesdays and Fridays in Rockland.

  • Outright L/A located in Lewiston offers a weekly drop-in space for LGBTQ youth under the age of twenty-two.

  • MaineTransNet offers trans, ally, and questioning youth a voice in Portland and Bangor.

  • Youth Guardian Services is a youth resource and offers support services to LGBTQ youth on the Internet.





GLBT National Help Center: 1-888-843-4564 (Hotline)
1-800-246-7743 (Youth talk-line)
GLBT online peer support

Trevor Helpline Crisis Intervention for LGBT Youth: 1-866-488-7386

In the Life: Foster Care’s Invisible Youth (film)

Published by In the Life Media, this film shares the stories of LGBTQ foster care youth

Trans Youth Equality Foundation Podcast

Visit the Transwave Pod Cast to hear and learn from interviews with trans youth, providers, families, allies, and activists.

Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT)

YLAT is a joint project between Maine’s Youth in Foster Care, The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and the Muskie School at University of Southern Maine. YLAT is committed to improving the short-term and long-term outcomes for youth who are or have been in foster care.

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YLAT, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, PO Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300, phone: 207-780-5861