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2014 Spring Newsletter

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Written by John McKenna
May 15, 2014 - 4:34pm

2014 So Far - from Elise Johansem, Executive Director

Can you believe it is May already?! 2014 has already been an incredible year full of important work and cause for celebrations. During this past legislative session we, along with our LGBT coalition partners, worked tirelessly to defeat the so-called religious freedom bill, LD 1428 which was a relief and once again, truly showed how our community comes together to stop what is wrong in order to ensure that what is right prevails.

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Inaugural Class of the New Leaders Project - from Beth Allen, Program Director

New Leaders

On April 27th, seven young Mainers graduated in the  inaugural class of the New Leaders Project. EqualityMaine has a long history of empowering young LGBTQ and allied youth to be confident young leaders and providing them with skills and knowledge to make positive changes in their communities. The New Leaders Project  was born out of this history and a desire to make these opportunities  more available across Maine. We know there is so much more work to do in Maine and across the US to get to full equality for LGBT people.  It’s critical that there are youth that have the skills to continue to push our movement forward. 

In working toward this day, these talented students have completed nearly 100 hours of training, learning from  top experts in their field. We hosted 40 guest trainers, panelists and volunteers during this program. The students participated in trainings in public speaking, they learned about the history of  organizing and its role in making real change both nationally and in Maine. 

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Continuine Our Work in Rural Maine - from Gia Drew, Program Coordinator

This spring we introduced our Rural Organizing Project to several communities across the state, from Washington to Aroostook to Oxford County.  EqualityMaine recognizes and supports the important work already happening in Maine, and this project will assist in the development of new initiatives, while strengthening community leaders.  In Washington County we met and had conversations with leaders and activists from the University of Maine at Machias, members of PFLAG Machias, the Downeast chapter of GLSEN, Down East AIDS Network, other allies and community members, and advisors from Washington Academy’s  GSA - the only GSA group in the county.

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Second Annual Spirit of Pride Party - from Sue Jones McPhee, Development Director

This year’s Second Annual Spirit of Pride Summer Party takes place on Thursday, June 19th at Portland’s Ocean Gateway Terminal.

The Spirit of Pride Summer Party celebrates the transformational changes in the hearts and minds of Mainers and honors those who’s diligent work has made a significant contribution to Maine’s LGBT community.  

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We're Proud to Support Pride Portland - from Ian Grady, Communications Consultant

Pride PortlandEqualityMaine is excited to be supporting and working with Pride Portland, the volunteer committee working to make this year’s Pride celebration in Southern Maine a huge success. You can connect with Pride Portland and get involved in their efforts via their website at:http://www.prideportland.org/

In addition to participating in one of the ten volunteer teams who are organizing this year’s Pride, we’re also happy to be able to support Pride Portland by acting as this year’s fiscal sponsor, committing EqualityMaine’s existing online fundraising tools to help make Pride Portland a success! 

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