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Honorable Menschen: Portland, Maine

A few months ago, I was visiting the city of Portland, Maine and parked along a street for an hour or so. The parking meters on that street were set a few feet away from the curb. Not seeing my alloted parking meter, I didn’t feed it a coin.

When I returned to my [...]

Visit Louisiana!

Come visit Louisiana – where you can pick up free oil on the seashore! [...]

The Crocus Blooms Before the Harbor

Although halfway up the coast of Maine is farther north than Toronto, Canada, in the winter the weather here is often more like that in Pennsylvania, the ocean warms the air so much. Spring’s here, or at least that’s what the crocus tells me:

But the harbors here haven’t bloomed yet. They’re still in [...]

Travel to Aroostook County Maine? Keep the Uniform Anti-Gay Landslide of 2009 in Mind

Since the the November 2009 vote in Maine to abolish marriage equality by passing Ballot Question 1, I’ve been looking at the vote in greater detail, tallying up and mapping results for the towns of Maine from county to county. In most counties there has been variation to show, with some towns voting to ban [...]

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 [...]