Advocacy

Since the 2016 national election, our greatest fears are proving true in Washington. The new administration has:

  • brought discrimination back to our nation’s armed forces, denying qualified transgender people the ability to serve their country
  • appointed anti-LGBT extremists to numerous federal judgeships around the country, including to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • appointed anti-LGBT extremists to run critical agencies such as the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice
  • rescinded the Obama guidance that extended critical protections to transgender students in schools
  • argued in favor of broad exceptions to anti-discrimination laws at the Supreme Court
  • fired all members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
  • established a new policy that would allow healthcare workers to refuse treatment to LGBT patients
  • continually attempted to repeal and undermine the Affordable Care Act and the critical care it provides to countless LGBT people
  • and so much more - we couldn’t list them all!

Here in Maine, on the other hand, we have experienced a new era of opportunity in our work towards full equality. The 2018 election brought us pro-equality majorities in the State House and State Senate, and smart and effective leadership in the Blaine House. We have seized that moment, passing numerous bills in the 129th legislature that will make a huge difference for LGBT Mainers. And we’re not done yet.

 

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