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Maine’s medical marijuana laws changed my life

Twenty-five years ago, my life was altered by the onset of Fibromyalgia, a mysterious and poorly understood condition characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, unrelenting fatigue, non-restorative sleep, cognitive difficulties, and a host of bizarre neurological complaints. Like many living with chronic pain or illness, I see my life in two sections – life before […]

Why a married father of three cares about trans equality

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware that the North Carolina legislature and Pat McCrory recently rushed through HB2, a hateful bill disguised as a “public safety” initiative that eliminates municipal nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, and blocks transgender folks from using public restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity. This […]

Educating LePage: Transgender 101

Displaying once again his lack of any self-awareness whatsoever, Governor Paul Le Page said on Thursday that he’s “tired of s***shows.” Us too, Governor. LePage named himself the State Education Commissioner on Thursday, after withdrawing his nomination of William Beardsley for education commissioner. Beardsley would have faced strong opposition from Democrats in the Joint Standing Committee […]

Becoming Nicole: The Story of a Quintessentially Maine Family

I grew up in the American South (“from away,” as Mainers say), an area not often characterized as tolerant or progressive. In my mind, Maine, along with the rest of New England, was a relative oasis of reason and liberal-mindedness. This characterization was partly due to stereotypes about the Northeast, and partly due to actual statistics. I […]