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.


The safety and well-being of our supporters is paramount. We are monitoring the course of the pandemic and the continued rollout of the vaccinations closely, and will follow all state and local public health guidance. If you are not feeling well on the day of the event, please stay home. Any additional info will be provided in advance of the event.

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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