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.  

Non-Discrimination

On November 8, 2005, after nearly three decades of working to pass non-discrimination protections for LGBT Mainers, Maine became the 16th state to protect LGBT people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression in employment, housing, education, credit and public accommodations. Maine is the sixth state whose law includes gender identity and expression. These protections were enacted by amending the Maine Human Rights Act.

Similar bills had been vetoed in 1993 and repealed by referendum in 1998 and 2000. EqualityMaine worked with Maine Won't Discriminate to win a resounding victory against the 2005 people's veto, as Maine voters upheld the non-discrimination law by a margin of more than 10 percent. Our EqualityKnocks voter ID and grassroots organizing program, launched in 2004, helped reach thousands of voters during the successful 2005 campaign.

Read the Maine Human Rights act here.

EqualityMaine works closely with Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), a New England-based legal organization. To learn about your rights, visit GLAD's Maine legal page. The GLAD InfoLine can answer your questions and help you find legal advice if you've been a victim of discrimination.

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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