Last updated on: 12/12/2014
Maine Transgender Network, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support and resources for the transgender community, families, and significant others, and raises awareness about the varied forms of gender identity and expression by providing training and consultation for mental health and social service professionals.
Since the time when I came out as transgender in 2001, I
have been witness to big changes. Changes
I never thought possible. In 2005, the
Maine Human Rights Act was expanded to provide protection LGBT people: the
first state in the nation to include gender identity in its Human Rights
Act. At the same time, I had just
started my second semester at the
I found MaineTransNet in 2007. I was present at the first official meeting of the organization, where I met its founder Alex Roan. I found support, connected to resources, broadened my perspective, and met many great people in those early days. Soon, I found my voice, gained confidence in my personhood, and found myself wanting to give back to the organization that had helped me so much. I wanted this little organization to grow and come to fill needs that were not being met anywhere else in the state. Its mission, to provide support and resources to the trans community, and to educate those who would serve us, was an idea I liked. And so, while others fought the big picture fight to change laws and policies, I found a place where I felt I could give back and do small things to help make life a little better for others in the day to day.
Now the time has come that my tenure at MaineTransNet has ended. It is time to make way for new ideas, fresh talent, and exciting new leaders: the time has come to pass the baton to the next wave of leaders for MaineTransNet. As I step down from the Board, it is my sincere hope that I have been a good steward of the organization, and left it better then I found it. I think one of our past Board members Lisa Bunker said it best when she called MaineTransNet “a scrappy little organization.” In a time when nonprofits are strapped for resources, MaineTransNet has always found a way to keep kicking and continue to provide free services to the transgender community. Please join me in congratulating Gia Drew, the newly elected President of the Board. I wish her great success in her tenure, and I invite you all to join and support her this wave of change and get involved! I look forward to an exciting future for MaineTransNet, as the best is yet to come!
All the best,
Branden A. Parker, LMSW-cc
Our goal is to make this THE info website for
transgender issues specific to Maine and contain a multitude of useful
information for all people interested in trans-related topics. We are
looking for website authors who would like to contribute, especially to
the "writing" and "trans info" sections, though help on any section
will be valued. More people involved with this project means that we
can provide more information and represent a wider variety of
perspectives. Anyone with ideas about gender is welcome to
contribute--you don't have to be trans or know a single thing about
Email us with your ideas or if you want to be involved!
(c)Maine Transgender Network, Inc., 2011