The Downeast Rainbow Alliance has been working with young adults and the organizations that support them. We have spent the virtual space of the pandemic creating a plan for our Traveling Rainbow. This project is led by our young adults who are seeking safe spaces to be their authentic selves in Washington County/Passamaquoddy Territory.
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.
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.
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.
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.