GLAD represents Kyle (not his real name), a teenage boy in rural Maine whose mother responded with hostility after he came out as gay. As a result of his mother’s treatment – which included isolating him, making fun of him, and cutting him off from his support network – Kyle was hospitalized twice due to concerns of self-harm.

Working with local counsel Kids Legal/Pinetree Legal Assistance and Teresa M. Cloutier, Esq., GLAD was able to secure an emergency temporary guardianship order for Kyle’s step-grandmother. Since being out of his mother’s home, Kyle is thriving and has reconnected with a local LGBTQ youth theater troupe.

We are currently awaiting a hearing to finalize a permanent guardianship arrangement.