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Outside Passamaquoddy Territories, Washington County Maine is Gay-Unfriendly

Are you and your same-sex partner planning a trip to Washington County, the most Northeastern of the coastal counties in the state of Maine? Looking for the first sunrise in Eastport or a quasi-Canadian experience in Calais? Consider what kind of reaction you’ll get: as the map below shows, with two exceptions each and every [...]

The Gay-Friendly Towns of Coastal Hancock County, Maine

If you’re half of a gay or lesbian couple planning a trip to Maine later this year, make sure you know what you’re getting into. While the sign on the state’s southern border declares Maine to be “the way life should be,” whether things really are the way they should be varies from place to [...]

Balmy On The Other Side Of The World

Ushuaia is physically isolated, but it’s far from lonely. Hundreds of thousands of tourists come there on cruise ships every year, swelling the city’s population of 60,000 with temporary human tides. [...]

Is Penobscot County Maine Gay-Friendly? The Vote Says Stick to the River.

Gay and lesbian couples planning a visit to Maine in the near future have a different set of considerations than the rest of us. In addition to researching events, outdoors activities, scenic vistas and affordability, same-sex couples are well-advised to consider whether the way they will be treated for holding hands while on holiday. Tallies [...]

Competing for the Irony Prize: Gay Friendly and Unfriendly Towns in Waldo County, Maine

If Waldo County, Maine were a fictional creation of a novelist, it would be an exemplar in the use of irony.

The map below displays voting results for Ballot Question 1 on November 3, 2009, color coded by town. Ballot Question 1, which passed by a narrow margin in Maine, was a measure that overturned [...]

The Gay-Unfriendly and Gay-Friendly Towns of Knox County, Maine

Planning a trip to midcoast Maine for next summer? If you’re half of a gay or lesbian couple, plan carefully.

It’s unfortunate, but same-sex couples have to carefully consider whether they’ll be welcomed, cold-shouldered, harassed or even assaulted for the simple act of holding hands in the community where they live or in a community [...]

Ragged Mountain Goes Through the Paces, Waiting for Flakes

Weather dispatch from above the 44th Parallel: Heading out on Sunday to the annual ski swap to buy my kids some dirt-cheap used ice skates, I took a look up Ragged Mountain:

The hill is groomed and they’ve got the snow makers at the ready just in case, but we’re still waiting for flakes [...]

Towns of Piscataquis County, Maine Vote in Gay-Unfriendly Landslide

I’ve been looking at the towns of Maine from county to county, comparing them according to their November 2009 vote to preserve marriage equality (NO on Ballot Question 1) or to abolish marriage equality (YES on Ballot Question 1). Sometimes, the results have not been heartening. In even the most gay-friendly counties, some towns voted [...]

Gay-Friendly Destinations: Most Towns of Lincoln County, Maine Vote No on 1

Patterns in the 2009 vote in Lincoln County, Maine counter many of the assumptions people make about the distribution of pro-equality and anti-gay attitudes. Although overall the population of Lincoln County narrowly voted to repeal the equal rights of gay and lesbian Mainers this November 3, election results show that the majority of towns in [...]

Vote Reveals Only One Gay-Friendly Town in Somerset County, Maine

Election Day 2009 revealed the moral character of towns across the state of Maine in a manner useful to travelers. A “Yes” vote on Ballot Question 1 this year was a vote to take away the legally-granted marriage rights of gay and lesbian people in Maine. A “No” vote on Ballot Question 1 was a [...]

Only 4 Gay-Friendly Towns in Kennebec County Maine, Judging by 2009 Vote

When gay and lesbian couples travel, their research can never be as simple as a catalog of attractions. The question “Am I welcome?” lingers in the back or the front of the mind. It’s unfortunate but true that in 21st Century America there are still some places where gay and lesbian couples can be shoved [...]