Teddy Burrage: My Open Resignation Letter from Pride Portland! to Portland LGBTQ Community

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

Celebrate Pride By Voting

This comes a little late, but it just occurred to me that Primary Day in Maine falls on the same week as Pride Week. Coincidence? Most likely. But there’s a reason Pride exists and why, today, we so openly celebrate it in Portland, Bangor, Belfast, and other towns and cities across Maine. Brave people came out and came forward in times that were less LGBTQ-friendly. … Continue reading Celebrate Pride By Voting

In Cake Case, SCOTUS Sweetens Legal Landscape For State Legislatures To Reintroduce Religious Freedom Laws

You’d think it was a joke. Two gay men walking into a cake shop. They explore the options and start conversing with the cake master about what would be best for their big, fat gay wedding. You’d think the baker would be happy to oblige, given that same-sex couples tend to have a higher household incomes than opposite-sex couples. At the end of the day, … Continue reading In Cake Case, SCOTUS Sweetens Legal Landscape For State Legislatures To Reintroduce Religious Freedom Laws

Portland, ME among top 10 cities with highest rate of same-sex married couples

A new report from the Tax Policy Center places Portland, Maine, in the top ten of cities with the highest rate of same-sex married couples. According to 2015 tax data, 1,111 same-sex couples filed jointly in Portland, Maine’s Commuting Zone (geographic units that reflect the local economy where people live and work). Nationally, the number of same-sex married couples jumped to 250,450 in 2015. This … Continue reading Portland, ME among top 10 cities with highest rate of same-sex married couples