OUT As I Want to Be was thrilled to join the Indigo Girls on stage at the Nov. 10 sold-out concert at the Strand Theatre. Thanks to the Indigo Girls’ support of a welcoming and affirming Midcoast for all youth, attendees donated hundreds of dollars in support of OUT’s work.

Jeanne Dooley, OUT’s director, shared the hard realities facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in the Midcoast and how the wonderful sense of community and connection of the evening was missing for these youth. Bullying, harassment, suicidal thoughts and actions, as well as homelessness, are too often the norm for these teens.

OUT is a regional nonprofit that works to support and empower Midcoast LGBTQ youth. OUT staff, volunteers and youth are working to improve school climate in the schools of Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties; provide safe space for LGBTQ youth at its Rockland office and through the new Belfast drop-in program sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast; and to educate local providers about working effectively with LGBTQ youth and their families.

For more information about OUT, visit outmidcoast.org; check out the Facebook page; or follow the group on Twitter. To donate, visit the group’s website.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.