OUT Maine

Growing up is not easy. But for Maine’s rural LGBTQ youth, it can be even harder. While urban and suburban communities offer some resources for individuals in the LGBTQ community, like annual pride parades and support groups, help for young people in Maine’s less populated areas can be scarce or difficult to access. Some of the state’s rural schools are taking meaningful steps to change that.

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Maine lawmakers are considering a bill to ban “conversion therapy” for minors.

Supporters of the legislation want to ban treatments intended to change an individual's sexual orientation, commonly known as “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy,” while they are under 18 years of age. The measure was the subject of a public hearing held Wednesday morning.

Mary Bonauto

Jul 27, 2017

Maine resident and Civil Rights Project Director at GLAD since 1990, Mary Bonauto has litigated in the state and federal courts of New England on discrimination issues, parental rights, free speech and religious liberty, and relationship recognition. In 2015 she successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic case Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.

PORTLAND, Maine  _ The annual Pride Festival in Maine's largest city is coming to its climax with a noontime parade from Monument Square to Deering Oaks Park, and a final weekend of festivities.