Former state Democratic Party chair and prospective Santa Fe mayoral candidate Javier Gonzales posted in a blog today that he is gay.
Gonzales came out on the website Familia es Familia, which works to “build support among Latino communities for acceptance of gay and lesbian family members,” according to the site. The headline over the post is, “My Renewed Faith in Santa Fe.”
Lawyers for a transgender girl and an elementary school that required the fifth-grader to use a staff bathroom rather than the girls restroom clashed before Maine’s highest court Wednesday on whether her rights were violated, a case that lays bare the difficult decisions facing school administrators.
A new policy that provides a pathway for transgender high school student-athletes in the state to participate in interscholastic sports teams gained final approval Thursday from the general membership of the Maine Principals’ Association.
An East Millinocket teenager has been suspended from Schenck High School and is being evaluated by juvenile court authorities after he was issued a summons for threatening a transgender student, officials said Friday.
A state trooper has filed a complaint against his union with the Maine Labor Relations Board, arguing in part that union leaders have treated him with hostility since learning he was friends with a fellow trooper who is gay.
Gay couples are booking wedding dates and exchanging vows in Maine, but inns and wedding venues aren’t expecting a deluge of new business like Massachusetts experienced when it became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage nearly a decade ago.
Civil rights are not won by all-or-nothing propositions. Just as the fight for marriage equality progressed slowly, one state at a time, we feel certain that once local Scout troops begin admitting gay and lesbian Scouts and leaders in progressive regions like New Hampshire's Seacoast and southern York County, the rest of the nation will surely follow because it is the just and right thing to do.
After waiting years and seeing marriage rights nearly awarded and then retracted, gay couples in Maine’s largest city didn’t have to wait a moment longer than necessary to wed, with licenses issued at the stroke of midnight as the law went into effect.