By Ash Marie Havlin (They, Them, Theirs), Portland, Maine In recent weeks, the lives of transgender people have been put on the stage of national debate. The Trump administration has been pushing forward several initiatives to take protections away from gender variant people, ultimately with the intention of legislating our identities out of existence. These attempted measures are more than simply offensive, but have real … Continue reading Letter: Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Here are 3 things cisgender allies can do to help trans community.
Maine’s Governor Paul LePage has signed onto a Supreme Court case challenging a lower court’s decision against a Michigan funeral home that fired a transgender worker. At issue in the case is whether Title VII protections, which prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, extends to transgender workers. LePage cuts corners to join case. Governor LePage has signed onto the amicus brief in support of the … Continue reading LePage wants SCOTUS to allow discrimination against LGBTQ workers
Recently, I found myself passing through on Spring Street in Portland, Maine, past the old location of the Styxx Nightclub. In place of the once iconic grungy brick wall and steel railing, there’s now a patio and a fancy European restaurant in its place. This brought back memories of the 18+ nights Styxx used to host when I was a 19-year old “baby gay” (having … Continue reading Queer safe spaces are disappearing, leaving queer and trans people with few options
Dear Portland LGBTQ Community: I’ve recently come to the decision that I am resigning from my role as Events Chair on the Pride Portland! Steering Committee. It was my honor to be involved with such an important organization and to have a part in molding the 10 days of events as well as the parade and festival. Unfortunately, this labor of love and passion became … Continue reading Teddy Burrage: My Open Resignation Letter from Pride Portland! to Portland LGBTQ Community
To help us kickoff the ShoutOut series, where we interview LGBTQ folks and allies making an impact here in Maine, we’d like to help introduce you to Frayla Tarpinian, currently the Head of the Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Unit for the Kennebec County District Attorney’s Office. She’s also a candidate running for Cumberland County District Attorney. Our questions to Frayla include questions about … Continue reading ShoutOut: Meet the out and proud lesbian attorney, mother of two running for Cumberland County DA