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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Gay-Friendly Towns of Sagadahoc County, Maine

Should you visit Sagadahoc County, Maine?

If you’re a gay or lesbian American, the question is not as simple as picking up a brochure of the area and deciding if the local attractions look like fun. It’s unfortunate, but same-sex couples have to consider whether they’ll be welcomed, cold-shouldered, harassed or even assaulted for the [...]

Vote Reveals Three Gay-Friendly Towns in Franklin County, Maine

The November 3, 2009 vote on Ballot Question 1 has revealed the character of towns across the state of Maine. A “Yes” vote on Ballot Question 1 was a vote to take away the marriage rights of gay and lesbian people in Maine. A “No” vote on Ballot Question 1 was a vote to preserve [...]

2009 Vote, Noted: Gay-Friendly and Gay-Unfriendly Towns in Oxford County Maine

Should you visit Oxford County, Maine?

If you’re a gay or lesbian American, the question isn’t as simple as looking into the recreational, cultural and historical opportunities of the area. It’s unfortunate, but same-sex couples have to consider whether they’ll be welcomed, shunned or worse.

Recent political activities provide some answers to this question [...]

Reckoning the Vote: Gay-Friendly and Gay-Unfriendly Towns in Cumberland County, Maine

Where are you welcome? Where are you not welcome?

If you’re in a gay or lesbian couple, you know by now that a narrow majority of Mainers has decided you don’t deserve the basic respect afforded to people in the United States of America: the legal respect of equality. On the bright side, a very [...]

Gay-Friendly and Gay-Unfriendly Towns in York County, Maine as Measured by the 2009 Vote

Discrimination against gay and lesbian people in America is widespread, but it is not universal. In some places gay and lesbian couples holding hands are welcomed. In other places, gay and lesbian couples holding hands get yelled at in public by complete strangers. In yet other places, gay and lesbian couples holding hands are at [...]

LGBT Equality Caucus Expands, Constrains Members to Varying Effect

Since its re-registration as an official Congressional Member Organization of the 111th Congress, the LGBT Equality Caucus has expanded, welcoming additional members Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Steve Israel of New York and Chellie Pingree of Maine. The caucus boasts 79 members now, nearly one out of five members of the House of Representatives. By the [...]