Our Current Agenda

In the Legislature

The 2021 legislative session is nearly wrapped up, and we've had a ton of success! Read more about our wins here, and learn about our remaining priority bills below:

LD 926 - An Act To Ban Biological Males from Participating in Women's Sports - OPPOSE
This terrible bill is a total ban on transgender youth participating in sports. Specifically, the bill discriminates against transgender girls. The bill could also subject girls to an intrusive medical inquiry to prove their gender. It’s a blatant violation of Maine’s non-discrimination law that has been on the books for more than 15 years. It also violates NCAA policies, and if passed could disqualify Maine teams from participating in NCAA championships in any sport. This bill is part of a coordinated nationwide effort by out-of-state anti-LGBTQ activists who have been attacking our community for years. They have failed in their campaigns against LGB adults, so now they are shifting their efforts toward transgender children. Transgender children are not harming girls’ sports. It’s not an either/or scenario. We can celebrate girls’ sports and not discriminate against transgender children, and make sure that young people can thrive and excel. We can protect fairness, equity and inclusion for everyone.  
EqualityMaine opposes this bill; it was rejected in the House and awaits further action in the Senate

LD 1539 - An Act To Provide Access to Fertility Care - SUPPORT
This bill requires health insurance plans in Maine to provide coverage for fertility diagnostic care, fertility treatment, and fertility preservation services starting on or after January 1, 2023. This would greatly expand the ability of many Mainers, including those who are LGBTQ, to plan for and build their families.
EqualityMaine supports this bill; it received unanimous support in committee and has been referred to the Bureau of Insurance for a rate study

LD 1550 - An Act To End the Sale of Flavored Tobacco Products - SUPPORT
This bill prohibits the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigars and electronic smoking devices. LGBTQ young adults are nearly twice as likely to use tobacco as their non-LGBTQ counterparts, and 4 out of 5 young people who use tobacco started with a flavored product. High rates of tobacco use within the LGBTQ community are not an accident; they are due to aggressive and predatory marketing efforts by tobacco companies via advertisements in our publications and product promotions and giveaways at Pride festivals and other community events. One tobacco company even gave their advertising campaign targeting LGBTQ people a special name: Project SCUM (Sub-Culture Urban Marketing). It's time to stand up to the predatory behavior of big tobacco. We can't let them get away with calling us "Scum" while getting our kids hooked on their products. It's time to end the sale of flavored tobacco in Maine.
EqualityMaine supports this bill; it received majority support in committee and awaits further action in the House and Senate

In Congress

HR 5 / S 393 - Equality Act - SUPPORT 
The Equality Act is a major piece of nondiscrimination law that would protect LGBTQ+ Americans nationwide. While Maine has long included sexual orientation and gender identity in state nondiscrimination law, the patchwork nature of state laws means that LGBTQ+ people are not equally protected in every state. The Equality Act would expand federal protections against discrimination to many areas of life, including housing, education, employment, public accommodations, and access to credit.

Both of Maine's Members of Congress, Rep. Chellie Pingree and Rep. Jared Golden, cosponsored the bill and voted for its passage in the House. Sen. Angus King cosponsored the Senate version of the bill. Although she has cosponsored the bill in the past, Sen. Susan Collins declined to cosponsor this version of the Equality Act. 

EqualityMaine supports this bill; it passed in the House of Representatives and awaits further action in the Senate. 

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