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.  

Health

EqualityMaine has helped pass major health legislation, including bills for increased AIDS funding and the HIV/AIDS Medicaid Waiver, which expands health care access to HIV-positive individuals who live below the federal poverty line. We have also supported programs for breast and cervical cancer screening, and led efforts to expand HIV prevention services and comprehensive school health education programs. In partnership with several organizations, we have helped defeat attempts to enact discriminatory and irresponsible HIV testing policies in Maine.

We continue to work for fair legislation and equal health care for LGBT Mainers. In recent years LGBT health has emerged as a national concern: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recognized the fact that the LGBT community faces a host of health disparities, including under-screening and inadequate risk assessment by providers. The government has also acknowledged that LGBT seniors are at a higher risk for economic hardship brought on by health care costs, simply because same-sex couples lack the legal and Medicaid protections afforded married couples.

See also: Family medical leave

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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