Meetings and Support Groups:



MaineTransNet offers several support groups and meeting opportunities throughout the month.  Check them out and see if one (or more) sounds right for you!  It is our goal to provide services that are useful to the community and therefore, we always welcome feedback and suggestions on how we can improve services.  If you have a suggestion for a group or activity, please e-mail us and let us know!

House Keeping:
  • On occasion, we may need to postpone, move, or cancel and event, meeting or activity.  You can find out about these changes on our Facebook page or on the Yahoo! Group.  For inclement weather cancellations, use the University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus as a guide: If classes are canceled due to weather, our activity or meeting will also be canceled. (Note: if morning classes only are canceled, and NOT evening classes, we will likely hold our event/meeting scheduled during the evening: however, it is best to check the Facebook and Yahoo! Groups for the most accurate information.)
  • There are no "minimum requirements" regarding state of transition for one to attend meetings.  MaineTransNet is a welcoming place for all people, at all phases of gender transition, expression or identity.
  • Please check out the guidelines on how to be a good group member (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which you can download here for free).
  • Why should I come to a meeting? There are LOTS of reasons right here!
  • You may come to the meetings dressed however you are most comfortable, and you can change clothes when you get here if you like.  For the comfort and convenience of our members, we always try to schedule our meetings at a location that has access to private or gender neutral rest rooms.  Sometimes this is not possible, and in these cases, we try to let you know what the restroom situation looks like in advance.
  • To help further our work and keep MaineTransNet going, we "pass the hat" at the end of our meetings.  Folks are invited to give within their means; however, donating is NOT required.  We are dedicated to keeping the cost of the services we offer to trans people low, and as close to FREE as we can afford.  Your donations are greatly appreciated and help us continue to offer low-cost services and programming to the community.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Bangor support meetings are temporarily suspended until a new facilitator can be located.


Trans*-Only Support Meetings:

  • Support meetings are held monthly in Portland and Bangor. 
  • In order to facilitate a safe and confidential environment, these meetings are limited to individuals who identify as trans*, genderqueer, otherwise gender-variant, or who are questioning their gender identity.
  • Please check out the guidelines on how to be a good group member (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which you can download here for free).

 

Portland: 1st Wednesday of every month, 7:00-8:30pm

Maine Medical Center, Charles A. Dana Health Education Center

Room 1

Map of MMC campus here

Restrooms for this meeting are gender designated, multiple stall facilities.


Bangor:    Temporarily suspended

Contact mtn@mainetransnet.org for more information.




Trans* and Allies Support Meetings: 

  • This meeting is for transgender/genderqueer/questioning individuals as well as their family members, partners, significant others, loved ones, and allies. 
  • Trans people do not NEED to bring an ally--it's still fine to come on your own! 
  • If you are an ally, who would like to attend by yourself (i.e,. without your trans family member/partner/friend), please RSVP before attending your first meeting.
  • NOTE: The allies group is not the place to bring your medical or mental health provider.  It is not an educational forum for people to learn more about the trans community.  Members of the press or media are not allowed in this group EVER.  This is a place for trans people and their allies to learn about eachother's challenges and triumphs, and receive support.   If you are a mental health or medical provider, or someone who wants to learn more, please contact us, and we would be glad to arrange for a training session or interview. 
  • Please check out the guidelines on how to be a good group member (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which you can download here for free).


Portland:  3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:00-8:30pm

Maine Medical Center, Charles A. Dana Health Education Center

Room 1

Map of MMC campus here

Restrooms for this meeting are gender designated, multiple stall facilities.

 

Bangor Purple Tent social gathering:  Temporarily suspended

Contact mtn@mainetransnet.org for more information.
 



Allies Only Support Meeting:

  • This is a meeting for allies, loved-ones, friends and acquaintances of transgender/questioning people.
  • It is a place to receive support around having a transgender peson in your life, and a place to learn how to be more supportive of the transperson in your life.
  • It is open to ALLIES ONLY.
  • Please check out the guidelines on how to be a good group member (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which you can download here for free).

Portland:  1st Wednesday of every month, 7:00-8:30pm

Maine Medical Center, Charles A. Dana Health Education Center

Room 2

Map of MMC campus here

Restrooms for this meeting are gender designated, multiple stall facilities.


Bangor:     Temporarily suspended

 

Contact mtn@mainetransnet.org for more information.



Open Planning Meetings

  • These meetings are for planning upcoming events and projects.
  • The meetings are open to everyone with ideas and enthusiasm!
Portland:  Event specific, scheduled as needed. 
                   Will be posted on website, calendars, Facebook and Yahoo! Group when scheduled


Location announced when meeting scheduled.


 


Contact mtn@mainetransnet.org  for more information.



 

Open Office Drop-in

  • Drop-in is a time where folks can stop by the office and introduce themselves and meet us. 
  • This time is open to anyone who is seeking support or resources, is interested in learning more about the work we do, or just testing the waters before committing to attending one of our other meetings or groups. 
  • Sometimes we run an activity, watch a movie, have a topical discussion or just visit.  C'mon by and check us out!
  • NOTE: Drop-in is open to the public for anyone interested in learning more and receiveing or providing support.  If you are not transgender, and wish to attend, we ask that you respect the confidentiality of the space and the folks who are present.  While we welcome learners, we will not tolerate hatespeach, insensitive language, or hurtful attitudes.  We will gently attempt to help you learn how to participate successfully; however, if you are anable/unwilling to participate in a positive and productive way, we will politely ask you to leave.
  • Please check out the guidelines on how to be a good group member (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which you can download here for free).


Portland:   Temporarily suspended


 

Contact mtn@mainetransnet.org  for more information.



Trans* Women's group: 

  • This meeting is for MTF/transgender/Trans-feminine identified women only.
  • The purpose of this group is to provide a safe and affirming space for trans female/feminine identified people to find and offer support among other trans women and to explore issues related to the trans female/feminine experience.
  • Please check out the guidelines on how to be a good group member (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which you can download here for free).

Portland:  Temporariliy suspended.



 

Contact mtn@mainetransnet.org for more information.



Trans* and Questioning Youth Support Meeting: 

  • This is a group for transgender teens and trans/questioning teens. To maintain the safety and confidentiality of our members, the group is NOT open to the public, friends, or family.
  • The group is facilitated by two adults, Fran Kessler-Richardson, LCSW, a school social worker, and Gia Drew, a transgender advocate and high school teacher. This support group is for young people to learn information, connect with peers, and find a voice as a transgender person.

Portland:  Temporarily suspended




Discussion, Social, Activity Groups

  • We periodically host additional groups and activities which are usually specific to a particular topic or event, or purely social in nature.
  • These groups are not support groups.  Attendees are urged to keep things on topic, based on the nature of the group or event.
  • Info about these groups will be posted to our home page and the Facebook page or on the Yahoo! Group.
  • Please check out the guidelines on how to be a good group member (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which you can download here for free).



 

(c)Maine Transgender Network, Inc., 2011

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