|Rt. 9 Washington County Maine|
You see, the night before I had attended a monthly regional GSTA (Gay Straight Transgender Alliance) meeting at Mt. Ararat High School as a board member for GLSEN Southern Maine (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network). And as the presenter was talking with the high school students about the many important victories over the past thirty years for LGBT rights in Maine, I was struck by the contrast or chasm between the advances for the LGB community versus the transgender community. And while the victories have been sweet, like visiting rights in hospitals, adoptions, civil unions, nondiscrimination laws, and same sex marriage, the only exclusive transgender victory was the defeat of a bill that would have kept trans folks from using the bathroom.
|Nicole and Wayne Maines at Rainbow Ball|