Your Maine Department of Education Actively Supports LGBTQ+ Student Success!
- Including LGBTQ+ student voice in our task-force and stakeholder work.
- Understanding School Requirements for Supporting LGBTQ+ Students
Maine and federal laws create strong expectations for schools in providing quality education for all students, in safe and supportive environments. Students and families, as consumers of their schools’ education offerings, have rights as well as responsibilities in ensuring that they are able to fully access their educational resources. Making sure that you, as a student, understand the school’s responsibilities for your education and your rights is critical.
What you can do:
- GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders has great resources for understanding both schools’ responsibilities as well as students’ rights and responsibilities in the school environment.
- Accessing Student Resources for Creating Positive School Climate
Research indicates that LGBTQ+ students at schools with a GSTA/GSA were more likely to feel safe and missed fewer school days than LGBTQ+ youth who attended schools without GSTAs. LGBTQ+ students with a GSTA/GSA at their school also reported less anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination, bullying and harassment in the school environment. Schools with GSTAs had significantly lower rates of suicidal thoughts and actions.
Both GLAD and OUT Maine have solid resources to help build GSTAs (see "Resources for Maine Students" below).
- Getting Help and Support: Resources for Maine Students!
Any and all young people who need support and help should get it, even during the intense challenges faced by waves of the Covid-19 pandemic. There are many people in Maine working to help young people facing these challenging realities and to provide support, including for LGBTQ+ students.
Here are a number of organizations that work with Maine’s LGBTQ+ youth directly to provide community and support:
LGBTQ+ Community Resources
Mental Health Resources
Student Rights Resources
- GLAD GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders
Text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200
1-800-822-5999 (Knox, Waldo, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Eastern Cumberland Counties).
1-800-871-7741 (anywhere in Maine)