Note: In order not to inadvertently "out" anyone, I am not providing last names or contact info of founders unless specifically given permission, or if this information is already publicly available online. If founders or members of any of these organizations want to edit or add to their listing, please email us. Also, if there are any active Maine transgender-focused organizations out there that I have missed, please let me know!
Be sure to also check out our Big List O' Books for helpful trans resources in print form!
In no particular order:
Family Affairs Newsletter (FAN)
The Family Affairs Newsletter (the FAN) is a twice-monthly newsletter for the Maine Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Queer Community. It is e-mailed out in PDF format on the first and fifteenth of every month.
To join the mailing list, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Trans Youth Equality Foundation http://www.transyouthequality.org/
Founder: Susan Maasch (email@example.com)
"The Trans Youth Equality Foundation provides education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families."
"Our mission is to share information about the unique needs of this community, partnering with families, educators and service providers to help foster a healthy, caring, and safe environment for all transgender children."
Trans Care Collaborative http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/TransCareCollaborative/
"Mission: To improve the medical and mental health care available to the transgender and gender-diverse population in Maine. To foster a network of medical care, mental health and other support services treating the transgender and gender-diverse community in Maine. To advocate for the needs of transgender and gender-diverse individuals."
This is a Portland-based group for health professionals only. They meet monthly to discuss trans-related healthcare, peer supoort, case discussions, and occasionally offer events that raise awareness about trans issues.
PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Maine has a few chapters of PFLAG around the state. Parents of transgender persons are welcome to attend meetings. I'm waiting to get updated contact info...stay tuned. Their national website contains a section with information specific to "the health and wellbeing of transgender persons," which can be found here.
If you're coming directly to this page from somewhere else, be sure to check out our entire website!
Aside from our website, we have a yahoo group that contains our database of
trans-friendly/knowledgeable therapists in Maine, and a Facebook
page. The yahoo group and Facebook page also offer the chance to
interact with other trans Mainuhs! (For those without an appreciation
of our regional dialect, "Mainuh" or the variation "Maine-ah" = "a
resident of Maine."), and it is through these sites that we post
information and updates about meeting and activity locations, dates,
There are a few other Maine organizations listed in various nooks and crannies of the internet that I have tried to contact but have been unsuccessful or could not find contact information. I am assuming that they are no longer active. These include:
All Maine Transgender (AMT) - Brewer, ME
Outreach Institute of Gender Studies - Augusta, ME
Transsupport - Portland, ME
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