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Welcome to LGBT Services

  • Mission: To empower and increase the visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people by promoting equality and inclusiveness at the University of Maine. LGBT Services works to maintain an open, safe, and supportive environment for all students, alumni, faculty, and staff and provides educational opportunities, information, and advocacy services.
  • Vision: We are committed to building an inclusive campus community that does not merely tolerate, but respects and celebrates all individuals at the University of Maine. We envision a community where we all live in equality.

Contact the LGBT Services Director: Muna Abdullahi at muna.abdullahi@umit.maine.edu or at 207-581-1437 FMI.

If you want someone to talk to on campus, please contact: www.umaine.edu/counseling
UMaine Counseling Center and Peer Education Program at 207-581-1392
Touchstone Project – Suicide Prevention & Education – http://umaine.edu/touchstone/
Crisis- Nights/Weekends (UMaine Police) 207-581-4040
Peer Education, Memorial Union 207-581-1397

Rainbow Resource Center
Located on the second floor of the Memorial Union, Rm 224. The Rainbow Resource Center (RRC) features a lending library with a collection of LGBT-related resource books and films available to students, faculty and staff during the academic year. The Center also includes a cozy space for students to read, hold group meetings or relax between classes.

Safe Zone Project
The Safe Zone Project provides LGBT people and their straight allies with a visible means of indicating support for the LGBT community. A Rainbow Resource Spot sticker indicates a “safe space” for people to be themselves. When placed on office doors, residence hall doors and other public spaces, these stickers contribute to the creation and maintenance of a safer campus for all people.

Wilde Stein Alliance
The second oldest LGBT and allied student organization in the nation, Wilde Stein Alliance offers students the opportunity to socialize, develop a support network and educate others. Weekly meetings are open to all students and community members. The group also sponsors UMaine’s annual Coming Out Week in October and Pride Week in April.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Council
The Council advises senior administrators about the concerns and needs of UMaine’s LGBT community. The Council develops and promotes educational programming and awareness for the campus community, advocates for the inclusion of relevant material and approaches in the academic curriculum and provides a forum for discussing the needs of the LGBT community. Members are representatives from all segments of UMaine community – undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, professional and classified staff.

Here are some other organizations doing great work

The Trevor Project at 866 4U TREVOR. It’s a 24-hour, national help line for gay and questioning teens. You can learn more about The Trevor Project at their website: thetrevorproject.org.

Angels and Doves is a nationwide anti-bullying non profit organization.
Their website is AngelsandDoves.com

The National Center for Bullying Prevention is helping to promote awareness
and teach effective ways to respond to bullying. You can learn more about
them at their website: Pacer.org/bullying

The Matthew Shepard Foundation runs Matthew’s Place, an online community and resource center for LGBTQ youth. The website is matthewsplace.com

GLSEN is also a great organization that is working to eradicate bullying and
bias in schools. Their website is: glsen.org

STOMP Out Bullying is focused on reducing bullying and cyberbullying. Find out more on their website: stompoutbullying.org

LGBT Services
Memorial Union, Room 224
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 207-581-1439
E-mail: chelsea.barker@umit.maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1865