The LGBTQ Forum was one of four strategic planning forums hosted by the Maine Behavioral Health Workforce Development Collaborative throughout the year to address service gaps and needs within various segments of the population throughout Maine.
The panel represented the following organizations:
Issues of language and definitions were presented and highlights of the panel presentation included:
A project at USM called Safe Zone, which is training around identity issues, professional development and cultural competence. It seems that a "bubble" can be created in higher education to support the development of gender identity, but then students go out into the "real world" and are met with challenges and possibly unsupportive work and learning environments.
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) is working in policy and laws for safe schools - "Safe Schools for All." They form and strengthen gay, straight and trans alliances in the schools. The goal is toward responsive services and programming, and to develop and promulgate effective models.
There was discussion about community issues, legislative and policy work, transgender and elder issues.
Some of the outcomes of the round tables were:
To learn more about the other three strategic planning forums, please click below: