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.  

Scholarship Application

Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their involvement and leadership in promoting equality for LGBT people in their schools and communities, and their commitment and concrete plans for promoting equality in Maine. Winners are awarded up to $1,000 each to assist in financing their higher education.

Applicants must submit the following:

1. A cover letter with your name, address, phone number, email address, name of high school and the name of the higher educational institution you are planning to attend.

2. A personal essay (up to 3 pages double-spaced) addressing the following questions:

  • What have you done to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in your school and your community?
  • What is your vision for full equality in Maine, and how, specifically, do you plan to help achieve that vision?

3. Two letters of recommendation addressing your involvement in promoting equality. Letters may be from your teachers, community leaders, peers or any other people who are familiar with your work for equality, but not from immediate family members.

4. A copy of the acceptance letter from your selected institution of higher education.

We accept applications by mail or email. If you submit your application by email, it must include all documents. Send to If you cannot scan your documents, please submit your application by mail to EqualityMaine, P.O. Box 1951, Portland, ME 04104.

Scholarship applications are accepted between February 1 and April 15 of each year. Applications must be postmarked by April 15. 

Winning applicants will be notified by telephone and announced on our website.

If you have questions about the application process, email us.

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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