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LGBTQA+ Resources at USM

Information and links to resources for LGBTQA+ folks and their allies.


Clubs and organizations
USM LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff group: Contact Sarah Holmes:


Change your name on MaineStreet & find gender neutral bathrooms


Bias reporting

Special Collections: Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ communities

Finding Aids:

Digitized collections:

USM's Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine collects and makes accessible material documenting the ongoing histories of diverse communities, including the LGBTQA+ community.



Equality Community Center (ECC)

The ECC currently houses EqualityMaine, GLSEN, MaineTransNet, PFLAG, Pride Portland!, and SAGE. Their programs make a difference in the lives of thousands of LGBTQ+ people through advocacy, education, community events and support. The ECC is used on a daily basis for planning meetings, board retreats, organizing, trainings, support groups, and drop-ins.

EqualityMaine (Statewide)

EqualityMaine's mission is to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Maine through political action, community organizing, education, and collaboration.


Maine Transgender Network (MaineTransNet)

MaineTransNet is a community based organization led by transgender people for transgender people. They provide peer-to-peer support groups, social and community events, advocacy for the transgender community across Maine, and transgender cultural competency training for medical, mental health, and social service providers.

PFLAG Portland Maine

PFLAG Portland, Maine offers compassionate peer support to the parents, families and friends of, and including, LGBTQ individuals through group discussion, education, advocacy and creating connections to community resources.

SAGE Maine

SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations, largely through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.

GLSEN Southern Maine

GLSEN Southern Maine is a chapter of GLSEN, a national organization fighting for every student’s right to a safe, supportive education.


Out Maine (Rockland area)

Out Maine works to make Maine communities welcoming and affirming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth. They support, educate, and empower queer youth in partnership with their allies and families.


Portland Outright

Portland Outright supports underserved members of the LGBTQ+ youth community through weekly member meetings, ongoing mentorship, social events, and trainings, as well as intentional support to youth navigating systems -- such as the juvenile justice system, foster care, homelessness and mental health services.


Rainbow Business Professionals Association (RBPA)

RBPA promotes networking within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or allied (LGBTQIA) business community and support LGBTQIA professionals and business people throughout the State of Maine through networking and educational enhancement.



Maine Queer Health Community Database

The Maine Queer Health Community Database is a program of MaineTransNet working to improve LGBTQ+ community health access in Maine through a centralized, community based and reviewed, list of health and wellness providers in Maine.


Planned Parenthood LGBTQ Services

Planned Parenthood has many clinics in Maine, most of which offer LGBTQA+ services. The Portland Health Center offers resources, education, Hormone Replacement Therapy, service referrals, and PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) for clients who identify as LGBTQA. Check for the clinic nearest you.


Frannie Peabody Center

Frannie Peabody Center offers people affected by HIV/AIDS client-centered services that address the unique challenges of each individual. Their programs mirror the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which aims to reduce new HIV infections, reduce HIV-related health disparities, and increase access to care to optimize health outcomes.


Health Equity Alliance (Bangor area)

Mabel Wadsworth Center (Bangor area)

Mabel Wadsworth Center provides health care using a feminist model focused on sexual and reproductive health through education, advocacy, and clinical services.

Maine Family Planning Open Door Transgender Health Services (Augusta area)

Maine Family Planning staff provide compassionate, confidential health services, regardless gender identity or expression. Whatever decisions you make about your health, we listen and provide support without judgment. They have providers in our Lewiston, Augusta, Norway, Belfast, Presque Isle, and Waterville health centers who provide transgender services.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

Human Rights Campaign strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


GLSEN believes that every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. They are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this right a reality.


PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.


Bisexual Resource Center

The Bisexual Resource Center works to connect the bi+ community and help its members thrive through resources, support, and celebration.


National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. They have some good Transgender 101 resources on their About Transgender People page.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation, through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education.


Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

LGBT National Help Center

The LGBT National Help Center provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of LGBT volunteers, they operate three national hotlines, the LGBT National Hotline, the LGBT National Youth Talkline, and the LGBT National Senior Hotline as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people under 25.

Modern Military Association of America (MMAA)

The Modern Military Association of America is the nation’s largest organization of LGBTQ service members, military spouses, veterans, their families and allies. Formed through the merger of the American Military Partner Association and OutServe-SLDN, they are a united voice for the LBGTQ military and veteran community.

Pride at Work

Pride at Work seeks full equality without restrictions or barriers for LGBTQIA+ individuals in our workplaces, unions, and communities, creating a Labor Movement that cherishes diversity, promotes inclusion, encourages openness, and ensures safety & dignity. They do this through education, alliances, and building solidarity across our large and diverse communities.

Stonewall and Lambda book awards

Lambda Literary nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies, and affirm the value of our stories and our lives.

The Stonewall Book Awards is the first and most enduring award for LGBTQIA+ books. They are sponsored by the American Library Association's Rainbow Round Table.

How to change your name or gender marker in Maine (MaineTransNet)

Change your name on MaineStreet


Know your rights - Maine



See Maine tab


For Practitioners

Barriers to Health Care Among Adults Identifying as Sexual Minorities: A US National Study.

Dahlhamer, J. M., Galinsky, A. M., Joestl, S. S., & Ward, B. W. (2016). Barriers to Health Care Among Adults Identifying as Sexual Minorities, 106(6), 1116–1122.

Members of sexual minority groups, especially bisexual women, are more likely to encounter barriers to care than their straight counterparts.


LGBT health: Meeting the needs of gender and sexual minorities (book)

Smalley, K. B., Warren, J. C., & Barefoot, K. N. (2017;2018;). Springer Publishing Company.!/search?bookMark=eNpd0EtLxDAUBeCID3Rq_4M7dVFIk-a1tGVmFAoKDm5L0rmd1KltbVLFf2-xIKO7e-HjcDgLFOrRW2h9XWoP2yMUKiGxJDymVEh-_O8_Q4sYY6FIQog6R6FzrxjjWAqCE3WBgnydbq4s6MbbS3Ra6cZBiE78MEKAXlbLTXYf5Y_rh-wujzRhRInIaAkCG0MZVxxjIyttBK-AcWlkAiTh01UKw7DkRG5FLMu4lFyR0jCmqaABup2DtdvDp7Nd413x0YDpur0r_rSf7M1sh9p7aG03Oij6oX7Tw9chFWqi1zPth-59BOeLn8RymmrQTbFMMxZjkbADWe_60TS1s3W7-019fsrSeSJKvwHYV2Sr

A comprehensive view of mental, medical, and public health conditions within the LGBT community. This book examines the health outcomes and risk factors that gender and sexual minority groups face while simultaneously providing evidence-based clinical recommendations and resources for meeting their health needs.


Understanding LGBTQ Health Issues (American Medical Association)

A variety of sources for medical practitioners, including national polices relating to LGBTQ+ patients.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Resources that provide guidance on the specific needs of LGBTQ+ youth and how to optimize the care this population of adolescents receives.


The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People; Building a Foundation for Better Understanding

A report by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies that studies the state of LGBTQ health care in the United States.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health (USA Governmental Office of Disease Control and Health Promotion,%2C2%2C%203%20and%20suicide.

Information and data on the LGBTQ+ community in the United States.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health (USA Governments Centers for Disease Control)

Information and data on the LGBTQ+ community in the United States.


National LGBT Health Education Center ( Fenway Institute)

The Fenway project provides educational programs, resources and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of improving the health care experience for the LGBTQ+ community.


Two Spirit and LGBTQ Health

Health information for providers about people who are Two Spirits.


First person experiences:

Take my Wife (tv show) Season 2, Episode 5

Available on most major streaming platforms.

Gender Queer; a memoir (graphic novel) by Maia Kobabe
Transgender Health Care (vlog in YouTube) by Erin Armstrong (Grishno)