OUT As I Want To Be is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to the support & empowerment of LGBTQ young people in midcoast Maine.

Since 1996, we have worked to support youth in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties, and we currently operate a drop-in center based in downtown Rockland, ME. Drop-in is a safe space for youth under age 22 to explore and express their identities at any point in their journey, a place where they can find supportive peers and adult allies, confidential discussion groups, community-oriented projects and activities, and space to be themselves free of judgment.

In addition to drop-in, OUT brings GSTAs (Gay-Straight-Trans Alliances) to schools in Knox, Waldo & Lincoln counties, and reaches out to parents & community members to foster safe spaces for youth where they live, beyond the walls of our drop-in center.


Do you or someone you know need additional support? Information about local health & wellness resources? Are you looking for allies in our community? Go HERE! for a list of local & national service providers, queer networks, and allied organizations.



Check out what the OUT youth are up to .....



Be The Change!

OUT hosted an LGBTQ retreat in April at Camp Kieve-Wavus. Plans call for a second retreat later this fall. 

It's a great opportunity for young people to develop leadership skills, connect with other youth, and work together to change their communities.

Check it out!