Community Conversations

Please click on one of the dates to join us for a series of Community Conversations: 

Sunday, Dec 6 - Augusta
Monday, Dec 7 - Ogunquit 
Tuesday, Dec 8 - Ellsworth
Thursday, Dec 10 - Bangor
Tuesday, Dec 15 - Lewiston*
Wed, Dec 16 - Portland**

* Note: The Lewiston / Auburn Community Coversation was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Dec 10 but due to the massive snowstorm it has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 15. 

**Note: The Portland Community Conversation was previously scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 15 but is being rescheduled to accommodate for the Downeast Pride Alliance event the same night.  

From the Archives

MLGPA Celebrating Ourselves
A recap of the MLGPA's seventh annual dinner and awards ceremony, featuring keynote speaker Mary Bonauto, GLAD staff attorney. Bonauto went on to serve as lead counsel in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, the 2003 case which resulted in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declaring that excluding same-sex couples from civil marriage is unconstitutional.

MLGPA Marriage1
As this front-page article from a 1997 MLGPA newsletter proves, we've been talking about the importance of marriage equality for over a decade.

MLGPA Scholarship
The MLGPA scholarship was later re-named in honor of the late state Senator Joel Abromson, a Republican from Portland who lost his battle with cancer in early 2002. Joel was a passionate champion for civil rights legislation, twice sponsoring bills that would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. Since 1992 we have given more than $29,000 in scholarships to the next generation of Maine leaders.


MLGPA co-founder Dale McCormick went on to become Maine's first openly lesbian state senator. In 1990, a month after her election, McCormick told the New York Times: "People said, 'You'll never win; you have all this political baggage, you're too outspoken.' But the voters were willing." This acknowledgement appeared on the back cover of the MLGPA's sixth annual dinner program in 1991.

EQME We Did It
Excitement ran high after the long struggle to pass L.D. 1116, "An Act to Prevent Discrimination." This bill was blocked in a close referendum decision in 1998, and the MLGPA relaunched its public education, advocacy and lobbying efforts. In 2005, by a significant margin, Maine voters finally upheld anti-discrimination legislation. "At last we really did it!"

Fairness in health insurance and employment benefits has been a critical issue since the MLGPA began. (Resistance from the far right has been a constant, too.) Without access to the hundreds of state protections and benefits provided by civil marriage, same-sex couples are forced to construct incomplete, piecemeal protections for themselves and their families.

EqualityMaine at 25

This year, EqualityMaine celebrated 25 years of progress for Maine's LGBT community. Check out our 25th anniversary celebration video.

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