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Defying the odds

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Written by Anonymous
May 18, 2011 - 2:47pm

Last Friday, in a bipartisan vote of 8-to-5, the Judiciary Committee voted down a bill (LD 1046) to repeal crucial protections for transgender Mainers under the Maine Human Rights Act. Five Democrats, two Republicans and one Independent came together to vote against this anti-equality bill.  

Thank you for all you did in getting us to this vote!  

Our next battle in preserving the integrity of the Maine Human Rights Act will take place in the Maine House and Senate, where legislators will soon vote to either affirm the ruling of the Judiciary Committee or undermine the foundation of LGBT equality in Maine.

Supporter, please give a gift of $40, $75 or $150 right now to help us prevent the legislature from rolling back important protections for our transgender friends, family and neighbors.


We will not stop until we have done everything in our power to defeat this anti-equality bill, to protect transgender Mainers, and to prevent the rollback of our freedoms and equal protections.

We have defied the odds and successfully navigated difficult terrain in Augusta this session, but floor votes in both the Maine House and Senate still lay ahead on our legislative priorities. Our battle wages on to:

  • Defend important protections in the Maine Human Rights Act.
  • Protect voting rights for all Mainers. Maine’s same-day registration law and other important voting provisions are under attack by legislation that would make it more difficult for pro-equality voters – young Mainers in particular –  to vote.
  • Pass new anti-bullying legislation. A bill is making its way through the legislature that would prohibit bullying online and in our schools and actively prevent bullying from happening in the first place. This bill received a strong majority of support from the Education Committee.

Please give a gift of $40, $75 or $150 online right now to help us protect voting rights and ensure passage of a tough new anti-bullying law that will protect LGBT youth in our schools. 


The clock is ticking and time is running out in this legislative session. Please help us with your financial support and together we can protect LGBT Mainers and our families.

Thank you for all you do.

Betsy Smith, Executive Director

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