Getting Real with Real Estate

By Shahida Keen, Realtor, Excellence Realty A few weeks ago, Shout Out, asked me to write a column about Real Estate.  I was simultaneously honored and daunted as Real Estate is so complex, that I wasn’t sure where to start. For me, my inner orientation has always pointed to social justice. Real estate embodies complexities of social justice, Maslow’s Hierarchy, climate change, family & personal … Continue reading Getting Real with Real Estate

Letter: Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Here are 3 things cisgender allies can do to help trans community.

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.

Neo-Nazi video game lets white supremacists kill LGBTQ and Obama to ‘save’ Trump

Just as technology and social media have provided platforms to bring about change, so too has it been a tool for white supremacists and Neo-Nazis to find like-minded people, communicate, and organize. For instance, Christopher Cantwell, one of the lead organizers for the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally, organized the event by creating a Facebook event. They have used other popular platforms such as YouTube … Continue reading Neo-Nazi video game lets white supremacists kill LGBTQ and Obama to ‘save’ Trump

Representation matters. In Maine’s new government, LGBTQ are well-represented.

Maine’s LGBTQ community can rest assured that they are well-represented in Maine’s new government. This past week, three LGBTQ people were elevated to top positions in both the new administration and State House leadership. Continue reading Representation matters. In Maine’s new government, LGBTQ are well-represented.

Russian State Chechnya Is Now Operating Concentration-Style Conversion Camps For Gay Men

According to reports by several LGBTQ international human rights watchdogs, gay men are now being imprisoned and tortured in concentration camps mirroring those used by Hitler during World War II. Gay men held in these camps are subjected to electric shocks and beaten to death, which are some of the methods used in extreme conversion therapy cases all over the world. Thus far, 100 gay … Continue reading Russian State Chechnya Is Now Operating Concentration-Style Conversion Camps For Gay Men

LePage wants SCOTUS to allow discrimination against LGBTQ workers

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