OUT As I Want To Be is a non-profit, youth-driven organization dedicated to the support & empowerment of LGBTQ young people in Midcoast Maine - in their schools, in their communities, & in their lives.

Since 1996, we have operated a drop-in center in Rockland, ME. Drop-in is a safe space for youth aged 14-22 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 a place to be themselves free of judgement.

In addition to drop-in, OUT is working to bring GSTAs (Gay-Straight-Trans Alliances) to schools in Knox, Waldo & Lincoln counties, as well as reaching out to parents & community members to foster safe spaces for youth where they live, beyond the walls of our drop-in center. We believe that the world should be their safe space.



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 youth of OUT As I Want To Be are up to!


Recent Initiatives

Outreach & education in our midcoast community is an important part of the work we do to make Maine a safer place for LGBTQ youth. Here are some of our recent projects!

Check it out!