During her tenure with OUT Maine, Sue has provided the guidance for deepening and expanding the programs which build the welcoming and affirming communities for Maine's LGBTQ+ youth. Sue's 25 years of experience working with school superintendents, administrators and other school staff through her work on local and state school boards have been instrumental in the development of OUT Maine's integrated school climate work. OUT Maine's statewide, three-pronged approach: support LGBTQ+ youth and their families and allies; empower the youth; and educate professionals to be adults whose support can change young people’s lives has been the foundation of success for thousands of Maine's LGBTQ+ youth. Sue also is the parent of a trans son. She has first-hand experience in supporting the transition process and working with family issues around transitioning, giving her expertise that supports youth, families, and efforts to change the systems that serve them: schools, health care, foster care, community organizations, and more.
Friday June 11th
The panel discussion will focus on present-day examples of efforts by organizations to address equity and belonging in their work with youth. Experts from the worlds of Extension, non-profit work, and applied research will present their activities and projects relevant to LGBTQ+ youth.