Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the U.S. state of Maine enjoy the same rights as non-LGBT people, including the ability to marry and adopt. Same-sex marriage has been recognized in Maine since December 2012, following a referendum in which a majority of voters approved an initiative to legalize same-sex marriage. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited in the areas of employment, housing, credit and public accommodations. In addition, the use of conversion therapy on minors has been outlawed since 2019.

The City of Lewiston stands proudly with the LGBTQ community as we celebrate June Pride Month 2022. By recognizing the importance of love, we want to acknowledge the sacrifices made by so many in honor of acceptance, liberation, and equality. To those who have sacrificed their lives, families and stability to live their authentic truth, we are proud of you. To those who have stood in solidarity, allyship, and protection, we support you. To those who have been advocates, activists, and leaders, we salute you.

The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. June 28,1969, sparked a moment where the right to love freely meant more than the freedom to live quietly. LGBTQ communities suffered at the hands of persecution, ostracization, violence, and intolerance. For six days, countless heroes paved the way for progress and change. However, the work continues. Love is love encompasses the simplicity of what we as a community can create, a space of inclusivity where people can love strongly, fiercely, and freely.

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