Healthy Lincoln County, in partnership with local businesses and nonprofit organizations, are banding together to host a Unity & Community event to commemorate Pride Month and celebrate the diversity of the Lincoln County community.
The nationwide analysis of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey findings that was completed by the Human Rights Campaign and Project Thrive in 2020 showed that LGBTQ+ youth generally felt unsafe in both their homes and their schools, faced rejection, and lived in a constant state of mental health trauma when experiencing these events. These teens are experiencing the events at a much higher rate than their cisgender, straight friends because of their identity. In recent years, the youth of minority gender identities and expression and sexual orientation have been facing greater challenges with mental health and substance misuse. This is not to say that individuals who identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum have not always faced adversity, but with the growing trends of social media and increased representation, youth are more “out” to their communities. With this increased visibility, these youth are finding challenges in many new spaces. Healthy Lincoln County in partnership with the Lincoln County community is collaborating to create an opportunity to foster togetherness, and inclusivity while promoting the idea of unity for our county.
The Unity & Community event will be held on June 25, and all are welcome to attend. The event will start at 11 a.m. at the Newcastle Veterans’ Park, where Leslie Livingston, executive director at Healthy Kids, and Dona Lane, Substance Use Prevention and Recovery coordinator for Healthy Lincoln County will make opening remarks on resilience, unity, and community. Those in attendance will then join together as one community for a walk to the Rising Tide food Co-Op, where festivities will continue. The afternoon will consist of speakers from the Maine Trans Trust, local representatives, and live music by The Horseshoe Crabs.
We want to extend a huge thank you to all partners collaborating on this including Healthy Kids, Rising Tide Co-Op, Butter Up Cakes, Damariscotta Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Waldoboro Police Department, Mobius, Inc., St. Andrew’s Church, Damariscotta Unitarian Universalist Church, the Town of Damariscotta, and The Horseshow Crabs.
For more information on the event, please contact Dona Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 207-622-7566 x256.