EqualityMaine successfully lobbied for the inclusion of sexual orientation under Maine's hate crimes protection laws; in 1993 we passed legislation that amended the Maine Civil Rights Act to protect LGBT citizens from hate crimes. We have also collaborated with educators, administrators and parent groups to develop anti-harassment policies, and to educate communities about ways to make schools safe, supportive environments for all youth.
Still, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety, violence and harassment against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people continue to make up the second-highest category of reported hate crimes in the state. And the majority of these attacks take place in Maine schools or colleges.
The Maine Department of Public Safety's Uniform Crime Reporting Unit tracks reported hate crimes statewide, and submits this data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Click here to view the most recent published data (2006).
See also: Youth Issues.