Title

Many in Maine's gay and lesbian communities are saying that the group called Mai

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

11-26-1998

Pages

10, 11, 13, 14, 15

Abstract

Many in Maine's gay and lesbian communities are saying that the group called Maine Won't Discriminate (MWD), a leader in the recent struggle for gay-rights legislation, needs to be more accountable to the people who helped create it. Some blame MWD for the fact that gay-rights opponents were successful in their recent campaign to repeal Maine's gay-rights laws. Now there is a growing division between the MWD board of directors and many of its volunteers, as well as other gay-rights advocacy groups in Maine, who say MWD needs to change its autocratic style and top-down method of management. But MWD's leaders have given little indication the organization will change. MWD is also being criticized for giving more than 40 Maine state legislative candidates a total of about $17,000 in campaign contributions this fall. With a list of the candidates who received some of the larger campaign contributions, and a copy of an MWD fundraising letter sent out in October that brought in $30,000.

Subjects

Civil rights, Homosexuals, Maine Won't Discriminate

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