“My favorite thing about The Traveling Rainbow is being able to be myself and not be afraid. Most definitely.”Teen from our Discord Server
UMM Dining Hall: 2/3, 3/3 & 4/7, 12-1
Journey Program: 2/5, 3-5pm
Lee Academy Library, 2/8, Panda Time
Shead High School Entry: 2/9, 3/9, 4/13 & 5/11, at lunchtime
OutMaine Overnight in Whiting: 2/11-12 (register!)
Calais HS/MS Cafeteria: 3/8 & 5/10, at lunchtimes
Woodland HS Cafeteria: 3/17, 5/19, at lunchtimes
“DRA helps ensure that LGBTQ2IA+ youth know that they are valued and wanted – especially important in rural places.”-Kara McCrimmon, Cobscook Experiential School
The Traveling Rainbow is a project that brings the community center to the people! Equipped with resources, a lending library, identity affirming items and staffed by some pretty awesome facilitators we are doing something special. It is something that is needed, to bring the support to the people, where they are, in the places they are already going.
This project is led by our young adults who are seeking safe spaces to be their authentic selves in the Passamaquoddy/Downeast Community.
Our goals include:
- Providing Schools with affirming community space & resources.
- Engaging health care workers on providing inclusive care.
- Being present at events to network with our broader community.
- Provide virtual community programs & spaces.
We have also found that allies need support too! We are out here, showing up and being a reliable space for curious allies to be their powerful selves. All of our voices together are what make the difference to queer youth & elders alike.
In 2022 we plan to expand our reach and deepen our connections. In 2021 we saw lives being affirmed by our programming. We support life thriving by creating space for individual’s authentic selves. The Traveling Rainbow is improving cultural competency for queer people in our community.
We give thanks to MaineTransNet for all the ways they support us.
This project is funded by Maine Community Foundation’s Equity Fund, Healthy Acadia’s Partnerships for Success microgrant program & community sponsors.