Title

Maine Won't Discriminate miscalculated in placing its hopes on urban liberals to

Authors

Laura Conaway

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

6-11-1998

Pages

10-11, 13

Abstract

Maine Won't Discriminate miscalculated in placing its hopes on urban liberals to prevent voter approval of a February 10 referendum that repealed Maine's gay-rights law. Naomi Falconi, a lesbian who lives with her partner in Standish, and who founded Maine Rural Network, and others saw the need for gays to campaign less for gay rights and to connect more with non-gays in rural areas in order to work to achieve human rights for all. With a related article about the struggle for acceptance by gay youths like Jen Stuart, who formally announced her bisexuality in front of three classes at South Portland High School, and about Outright, a group that offers support for teenagers, and which marked its 10th anniversary by sponsoring a prom for Greater Portland teens at the Holiday Inn By the Bay on May 9. To the delight of organizer, Sage Hylton-Lemons, an 18-year-old who had left Deering High School because of hostility relating to his sexual orientation, nearly 200 gay, straight, bisexual, and transgendered people attended the prom.

Subjects

Civil rights, Homosexuals, Maine Rural Network, Naomi Falconi

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