EqualityMaine's 2021 Day-la

Join us for the party before the party!  An LGBTQ+ community festival at Thompson’s Point in Portland

Purchase tickets now!  Can’t attend, make a donation!

Each year, we come together as a community for our annual Gala to celebrate the progress we’ve made and raise up the work that lays ahead until each and every LGBTQ+ Mainer can live their authentic life, free from discrimination, prejudice, bias and violence. With the progress Maine has made in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re excited to adapt the Gala to an outdoor event at Thompson’s Point in Portland.

This year, in an effort to make the Gala more accessible to our entire community, we’ve added a daytime festival for all ages - the Day-la!

Round up your friends and family, bring a blanket or lawn chairs, and join us for this very special end-of-summer celebration in support of EqualityMaine!

Sponsored by: L.L. Bean
Media Sponsor: Coast 93.1

Saturday, August 28, 2021
Outdoors at Thompson’s Point, Portland
All ages!

ASL interpretation provided.
This is an alcohol-free event.


  • Festival main stage with performances from a wide array of community artists and organizations

  • Hosted by local drag favorites and friends of EQME, Chartreuse Queen and Lichen

  • Music by DJ Disco Dungeon

  • Children’s activity area with arts & crafts and Drag Story Book Hour

  • SAGE Maine gathering area with activities for older adults

  • Field games

  • Food trucks galore!

  • The L.L. Bean Boot Mobile will have lots of giveaways and lead a paracord bracelet making activity.

  • Photo booth

  • And more!

Main Stage Performers (still in formation)


  • $20 per person in advance; $25 at gate

  • Free for ages 17 & under (tickets still required)

  • Pay-what-you-can and a limited # of free tickets also available.  Please email Chris O’Connor at coconnor@equalitymaine.org.

Click HERE to get your tickets today!

The Day-la is a fundraiser for EqualityMaine Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Business / Organization Sponsorship Opportunities

Serving as a Gala / Day-la sponsor is a great way to support EqualityMaine while gaining great exposure with our supporters and event attendees. Click HERE for more information on sponsor levels and benefits.

Not able to attend?  Make a regrets donation today!

Click HERE to make a donation to sponsor a ticket (or tickets) for community members.


  • ASL interpretation will be provided.
  • The Thompson’s Point campus is very spacious and includes a variety of terrains. The event will include dirt parking lots, grass fields and a considerable amount of walking may be required.
  • Additional disabled parking spots will be added adjacent to the venue. We will have a team of accessibility volunteers to help any guests who need assistance.
  • Seating will be available.
  • Accessible restrooms will be available.

COVID-19 Protocols

Most Mainers have been incredibly smart and responsible, more than 80% of all eligible people age 12 and older in our state have been vaccinated. We’re very proud that the LGBTQ+ community has done even better, with a recent report indicating that 92% of LGBTQ+ adults surveyed have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC continues to advise that masks are generally not needed for outdoor settings. We have intentionally planned this event outside to provide the safest environment for our community to gather. 

We have use of the entire Thompson’s Point grounds to allow for social distancing, and will have masks and hand sanitizer available for guests. While masks will not be required and we will not be asking for proof of vaccination, all guests are encouraged to follow their own personal measures to stay safe and remain healthy.

We ask that anyone who is feeling sick or experiencing symptoms related to COVD please stay home - we will gladly issue a refund for your ticket.

Thank you in advance for doing your part to help us have a safe and successful Day-la and Gala. We have always navigated challenging times together as a community, and we’re excited to REUNITE with you this weekend!!

Additional Ways to Support the 2021 Gala and Day-la!

Still have questions?

Please contact Development Director, Christopher O’Connor, at coconnor@equalitymaine.org or 207-761-3732 x19.



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