Have you ever been curious about pronouns and how to support your friends and family by using correct pronouns? Check out this video on pronouns!
Yesterday was the Portland Pride Parade and Festival. We had the opportunity to march with the University of Southern Maine’s Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity as well as Phi Mu Delta Fraternity. It was great to see everyone come out and show their support and acceptance for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
June is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Pride Month and that means that there are pride celebrations happening all over the place. Pride was started to honor and remember the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969. The Stonewall riot is commonly known as the first major protest for equality for the LGBT community. The Stonewall Inn – a gay club – was raided by the police. The riot broke out when people in the club and local citizens rioted against the police. The Stonewall riot was a breaking point for the LGBT community and started the push forward for equality and justice. The riot was followed by multiple days of protests and demonstrations by citizens in New York which lead to the creation of the ‘Gay Liberation Front’ and other LGBT civil rights groups.
Many states around the US participate in Pride Month by having parades and activities to celebrate diversity and equality. Here in Maine Portland Pride will be happening next weekend on June 17th starting at 12pm with the Portland Pride Parade followed by activities in Deering Oaks Park. For more information regarding the events in Portland check out Portland Pride.
Our founder Aiden was interviewed by a student at the University of Southern Maine about the impact he has had on campus as being the first transgender President of a fraternity in Maine and second in the nation.
By A. Campbell
In light of the election I am writing to remind you all of who we are.
Yes, we will be faced with many challenges over the next 4 years. We will feel anger, sadness, grief, frustration, and disappointment. I want you all to know that everything happens for a reason. This may not be the person we wanted as our president, but he is who we now have. We must learn to work with him and make the best of what we have. Fighting against each other will not make us stronger, it will break us down. If we fight against businesses and other beings this does not make us more powerful; this makes us weak.
I want you to think of a time when you felt truly happy. It could be anything, the day you met the love of you’re life, the day you won your first sports game, the day you graduated, a day you spent laughing with your family and friends. Now, I want you to take that feeling and hold on to it. Let that feeling of love, hope, trust, warmth and happiness fill you. Use those feelings to fight for what is right. Let it empower you to make a difference in someones life.
Don’t hide behind the fear of the unknown, use it to your advantage. Make the unknown into something great, every step you take will affect what the future brings. We need to work together to empower others and make change. This can be done in millions of ways, it can be as simple as buying someone a cup of coffee or having a friendly conversation to bigger things such as hosting trainings about human rights and equality and so much more. These actions we take in our own communities are so important to build a world and future we want for our children and our children’s children. Let’s stand together and make the world a better place through love and peace not war and violence.
Transgender Day of Rememberance is approaching, this Sunday, November 20th. This is a time to mourn and remember those transgender individuals who we have lost. There are various vigils around Maine happening. Here are the times and locations:
Portland – 4-7PM – Monument Square
Lewiston – 4-5:30PM – Location TBD
Waterville – 3-4:30PM – Location TBD
Bangor – 1:30-3:30PM – University College Of Bangor UMA, Eastport Hall, Room 124
Belfast – 6-7:30PM – First Church of Belfast
Damriscotta-Newcastle – 5:30-7PM – Location TBD
It was amazing and an honor to see an article written about me regarding the election of my fraternity. It has been an amazing to be a part of the Phi Mu Delta Nu Xi Chapter at the University of Southern Maine. This group of men have shown me acceptance and the brotherhood is stronger than I ever could have imagined. I am proud to be the new elected President of the Nu Xi Chapter for the year of 2017. The world has come along way and I hope to see the acceptance of transgender people in fraternities and sororities grow.
The article posted by OUT Maine is below:
“Blazing New Trails for LGBTQ Youth in Maine
OUT Maine is thrilled to celebrate Aiden Michael Campbell, a trans man and LGBTQ youth leader in the midcoast and Portland, who has just been named to the Executive Board of Phi Mu Delta Nu Xi Chapter at USM for 2017. Aiden, son of OUT Maine’s program director, is the first transgender President of a fraternity in Maine and second in the nation. Aiden is a trailblazer in so many ways and we are so happy and excited for him as he continues to help LGBTQ youth step fully into who they are!
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth like Aiden have so much to give our state. OUT Maine supports, educates and empowers rural LGBTQ youth by providing community safe spaces, changing school climate through education and the building of Gay/Straight/Trans Alliances (school clubs), building a strong provider safety net by training health and mental health providers, school staff, clergy and other youth service organizations, and supporting parents and families of these at-risk youth to reduce homelessness. You can help youth like Aiden change their lives and improve the lives of others. For more information or to support LGBTQ youth, go to outmaine.org.“
It’s October 11th, Do you know what that means? It’s National Coming Out Day!
This year celebrates the 28th year of the second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. This is a day that celebrates and promotes the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Today is a day that allows the LGBTQ community to know that they are valued and can live as who they are.
If you are considering coming out, just know that you are not alone. There are many other people just like you! Explore your resources and connect with others who are facing the same struggles and realities that you are. There are some coming out stories you can find here. You are not alone and you are valued by many. There is always support out there for you.