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[26 Sep 2011|08:04pm]

EqualityMaine, a non-profit organization based out of Portland, has been slaving away at getting signatures for the past 4 weeks. In those few weeks, EQME has gotten 30,000 of the 80,000 signatures they need to be successful. Sign the petition and get same sex marriage back on the ballot!
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Gay Prom [15 May 2011|09:41pm]

 Is there gay prom in maine this year?
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alchemical postmodern theorist 1.2 : queer zine from maine [13 May 2010|09:10pm]

The second issue of my zine, The Alchemical Postmodern Theorist, is now available. It is a full-size, paste up black and white zine with a block printed logo on the cover.

This issue, "This is What We Call Family," is inspired by my frustration with the narrow focus and glorified assimilation of the gay marriage debate. However, I didn't want to create a zine to bash the gay marriage campaign--after all, gblt people's hearts and souls are invested in this fight. So I created a zine about the undefinable, wild, comforting, supportive, revolutionary families we already create, outside of the parameters of the State. I collected stories and articles from friends and contributors across the US about their own experiences of family, love and intimacy. Their words are reports from the love underground. They are about the ways we live our everyday radical lives: imaginatively, courageously, and together.

19 p./full size/B&W

Click the image of the cover to go the extended listing for this zine on The Alchemist's Closet!
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NOH8 photo shoot in Kingston, NJ! [22 Nov 2009|06:44pm]


(right click > view image to see bigger!)

A social justice final project of mine, which I organized with a group of
Rutgers students is happening in two weeks!!!! Due to the recent elections in Maine and New Jersey, it's more important than ever that we be heard! Come help us make a statement about equal rights in NJ!

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Vote NO on 1 - Protect Maine Equality! [03 Nov 2009|01:11pm]

Marriage equality is on the ballot in Maine today and the race will be close, every vote counts. Please get out to the polls and take friends and family with you. It is essential to vote No on question 1 to keep marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

All couples deserve equal rights under the law, the right to the nearly 1,800 benefits that come with marriage equality that helps families file tax returns, visit loved ones in the hospital among other important family decisions. Let's keep Maine values strong and vote to preserve equality for all Mainer's.


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[02 Nov 2009|08:00pm]

Don't forget to vote No On One tomorrow!!!
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Call for submissions! APMT 1.2: this is what we call family [02 Nov 2009|12:36pm]

Call for Submissions!

Alchemical Postmodern Theorist: explore no-identity politics, radical culture & queer liberation

Issue two of my zine, APMT, is about family. APMT 1.2: "this is what we call family" explores family in all of its brilliant permutations. Is family defined by one man, and one women, and kids? By two married people of any gender? I am seeking to move beyond the gay marriage debate, and into the territory of chosen, post-nuclear, extended and queer families that break boundaries and practice radical new forms of support and encouragement. At the root of the revolution are groups of people who depend on each other, who are imagining and re-imagining 'family' all the time. I would love to have you be a part of this zine. Share your experiences with family: contribute a story, photograph, artwork, poem or article.

Stories, artwork and photography related to more traditional families (about having a child, marrying, or about parents, siblings, and grandparents) are more than acceptable, but these stories will be only part of the zine. Whatever your usual or unusual family structure, I would like to hear about it.
Deadline for submission is December 30, 2009. I'll accept pieces up until Jan 7 if you let me know beforehand.
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[28 May 2009|11:28pm]

heyy is gay prom tomorrow? a little last minute i know..I heard slightly from one of my friends but i was wondering if anyone else knew?
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what is in Wiscasset? [01 Mar 2009|09:50am]

I currently live in Portland, and the amenities of Brunswick appeal to me - it's a college town, so has plenty of good restaurants (including a couple of Indian restaurants and a nice coffee shop) and odd little shops (bookstores, a Bullmoose music, big plus). You can walk to everything downtown.

But I saw a house that interests me in Wiscasset. Trouble is, it looks as though there's not much there in the walking part of town. Is the whole town just a quaint tourist dump? Are there things there I'm not seeing? The only draw I can really see at the moment is that possibly I could put a kayak in the water quite nearby, but is it dangerous water? I'm not a strong or experienced kayaker.
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EQME BILL [31 Jan 2009|04:10pm]
[ mood | energetic ]

HEY. Do you live in District 108 - Cumberland, Long Island, Chebeague Island and parts of North Yarmouth?? Do you know people who do??

Here's the deal. EQME (Equality Maine) is trying to get a marriage equality bill into the State House right now. A friend of mine who is doing work with EQME said that they have been told by a Republican (!!) representative that she is offering to sponsor the bill, but isn't sure if it's what her constituency wants. Meredith Strang Burgess is the rep for District 108 and offered to sponor the bill (or maybe co-sponsor... maybe? I'm a bit unclear.)

HERE is a (BIG .pdf) map for you to check if you're in District 108.

HERE is the page with contact info for Representative Strang Burgess.



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xpost to maine ftm [14 Dec 2008|08:21pm]

Hey everyone,
I am having a problem with my employer. Management told me that I have to wear a name badge that has my legal name on it (although other employees wear nicknames or shortened names on their badges) and that I must not use the single-stall, locking men's restroom. I referred them to the Title 5 amendment in Maine law that prohibits discrimination against people because of gender identity.

I'm having a bit of trouble finding out how this law can or has been interpreted, especially with regards to name usage and bathroom access. The only clarifying language I find in the statutes referring to Title 5 use the word "disability," which doesn't seem appropriate for the situation.

Maine law is found here: http://maine.gov/portal/government/law.html
A search for "sexual orientation" will turn up Title 5 and definitions, and a search for "gender identity" turns up an explanatory definition page (where the word disability is found, seems to be in blanket reference to title 5 but i can't tell.)

Any help I can get on this is so great. Thank you for your time. :)

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Hello I'm Audi? [30 Nov 2008|01:33pm]

It looks like there haven't been that many people posting in here in the last few months. Is this the norm or is it a recent lull? I don't know many people in this state and tend to feel like the token lesbian in my workplace. I was just sort of looking for a place to interact with people where mayhap I won't feel that way. If this isn't a forum really adept for that does anyone have any suggestions?

thanks :)
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Well Hello :] [30 Oct 2008|10:08pm]
I'm Muffin,I live in portland.
I love music,and learning new things.
I just moved here a few months ago from a small town in maine.
so yea,I love chatting,so feel free to leave me a comment or something.
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benefit event, Friday, Sept. 12th, at Asylum (Portland, Maine) [10 Sep 2008|06:09am]

I received the following in an LJ message a full day ago, and delayed only to confirm with another friend that it is real. I hate hearing about things like this happening in Portland, but as we all know they do, from time to time.



Xpost plz?
from cheshirebunny
hey there, i'm just trying to get the word out that this happened.
i couldn't find a maintainer or any other contact info for queermaine, but i did noticed that something you xposted was one of the most recent unlocked posts. so, if you wouldn't mind posting it to the 'queermaine' community and any other relevent lj communities the should know about this and/or other places that may be able to help out- it would be greatly appreciated.

please x-post + donate!

for local people wary of paypal donations, there will be a benefit hosted by the people at plague (www.gothicmaine.com) -this friday- sept 12th at the asylum in portland maine.

On September 6, 2008, a dear friend of many in Portland, Maine, was physically assaulted by two strangers who approached him as he was walking home downtown after an evening out. These individuals told our friend that he 'looked gay' before they suddenly and violently began beating him.
Fortunately, the attack was interrupted by good Samaritan(s) who had the courage to intervene, and we are so thankful to them for saving our friend from a situation that could have become unthinkably worse!

As it is, our friend has suffered a concussion and bleeding on the brain, among other injuries, and he will require follow-up medical care. Like many people who work in the arts part-time and at a bill-paying job the other part of the time, he does not have health insurance.
Please visit HealPortland. com if you wish to make a donation towards his medical expenses. To leave messages of support and encouragement, please feel free to sign the Guestbook on the site.
Thank you so much!


this is NOT a one-in-a-million event. this could happen to any of our friends, to you or me. i often personally walk to and from my car alone on my way to/from clubs in maine, nh, ct, or even boston. i do know 'the victim' and he is full of awesome and amazing. it DID happen to one of my friends. these clubs are my home and his style is mine. ones appearance is not a reason to be beaten.

- "We cannot live and let live. That creed only works as a two way street – if you try and live and let live with someone who wants you gone, you will be crushed. Those who try to promote such a path are often just trying to set the other side up for a cataclysmic defeat. If you bury your head in the sand, someone will come along very quickly to bury the rest of you."
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[15 Jul 2008|10:27pm]

Hey guys, I just wanted to update all about my case with the camp, and working with the Maine Human Rights Commission. I am currently working with TLDEF in NYC. The process is slow but moving. Make no mistake, I won't let them throw this issue under the tablecloth and make it disappear. TLDEF is amazing. If none of you know what I am talking about, do a little googling: Jeremiah Nazarkewycz. Basically I got fired because I am trans, which is agaisnt Maine law. If any one has a link to my older post about tihs, that would be great. Also if this doesn't belong, delete it.
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Equality Maine happenings [10 Jul 2008|09:28am]

ETA: (Sorry, am an idiot - I meant to add a bit to say that in fact I'm not Darlene Huntress, nor do I have any official connection to Equality Maine. I'm just on their email list and figured they might like wider distribution for this one.)

It's summer in Maine, so I know you have plenty on your calendar - but please don't forget to RSVP to EqualityMaine's upcoming Community Conversations on Equality in Bangor and Portland.
  • Bangor Community Conversation on Equality: Thurs. 7/17, 6pm
  • Portland Community Conversation on Equality: Mon. 7/21, 6pm
RSVP today for details, directions and location information.

As you know, a petition against LGBT rights in Maine was recently dropped for lack of interest. At the same time, our primary day volunteers reached thousands of fair-minded voters who pledged to stand with us in support of equality.

It's clear: in Maine and across the nation, a tremendous shift is taking place. Finally, LGBT advocates and our allies have the momentum we need to make the final push toward full equality.

So we're not going to sit back and wait for the next attack to come - as we know it will. Instead, we're going to seize this opportunity to expand our base of support and become pro-active in our work. EqualityMaine has big plans for the rest of 2008, and this is your chance to learn more, share your thoughts and ideas and find out how you can get involved.

Join us! Email me now to RSVP for the Community Conversation nearest you.

I know these conversations will be exciting and thought-provoking, so I hope you'll be able to add your voice. Questions? Email me at dhuntress@equalitymaine.org.

I'm looking forward to seeing you very soon!
Darlene Huntress
Public Policy Director

ps. Have friends or family members who might be interested in joining our Community Conversations? Forward this email and invite them to RSVP today.
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[05 Jul 2008|03:40pm]

I was  wondering if you guys knew of any trans/gay friendly places to work in central Maine? I'm looking for a new job and hoping to find a good fit this time. :)
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Queer Youth & Allies Writing Project [14 May 2008|10:46pm]

Add Verb Productions presents:

Queer and Ally Youth Writing Project

We are looking for Performance Texts from:

Writers age 12-24

Genres – all texts created to be performed

Queer, gay, lesbian, bi, trans, questioning and allies

Short plays, monologues, scenes,spoken word poetry, songs, stories, etc

We hope to present pieces surrounding the idea of allies.  Allies
helping those within the queer community, queers being helped by
allies, and queers being allies to others in the queer community.  If
any of your writings reflect these ideas please send them my way!

Send submissions to ellis.d.perry@gmail.com

Submissions will be reviewed by a Youth Editorial Team, under the
guidance of Add Verb staff and artists, and may receive feedback for
further development before put into final script.

Submissions accepted through June 2008

Thanks if you can and thanks anyway if you can't.  Please forward this
to anyone you feel might be able to contribute.
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yo [28 Apr 2008|01:11pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Hey,  just joined the community, wanted to put myself out there and say hello -- i'm from new york but am gay and 22.

happy to be a part of your community

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For Hancock County [16 Apr 2008|12:42pm]

Is there anyone interested in starting a group in Hancock county for queers of all ages to get together and chill. The weather is getting warm and theres plenty of beautiful spots in Hancock county to get together, throw some food on the grill, swim, hang out and take in some sun.

Sound like a plan?

anyone interested?
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