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Originally published as: Hilary Thibodeau, "Maine Voices: As Ranks of LGBTQ Elders Grow, State Should Focus on Protecting Their Rights," The Portland Press Herald, December 11, 2018.
It is time for hopeful change. As the current presidential administration continues to threaten the hard-earned and deserved rights of LGBTQ individuals nationwide, the people of Maine have elected a new government, and in January, the hope that Maine can stand strong in defending its people from discrimination and marginalization transitions from an intangible feeling to a reality. With pro-equality representatives in the State House, Mainers will have a greater chance of protection from the unwarranted human rights attacks at the federal level.