Annual Signature Events

Annual Awards Gala & Auction

Our premier event and one of the largest charity galas in Maine, the 34th Annual Awards Gala & Auction, will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Awards are presented each year to leaders in the Maine LGBTQ+ equality movement. The Gala draws more than 600 attendees each year and raises over to $100,000 to support our work.

Gala VIP Reception

This invitation-only event is held each year immediately before the Awards Gala and is our opportunity to show our appreciation to those whom have invested in the work of making equality real for all LGBTQ+ Mainers. Our sponsors, major donors, awardees, and notable dignitaries are all invited to attend and share in the celebration.

Spirit of Pride Cruise and Pride Month Events

EqualityMaine is actively engaged with Pride celebrations held around the state every June. We will be working with planning organizations to coordinate events sponsored by EqualityMaine to celebrate the spirit of LGBTQ+ Mainers throughout the state. Pride Portland attracts over 12,000 attendees and Bangor Pride draws over 3000 participants. Our signature event is the Spirit of Pride Cruise around Casco Bay in Portland, featuring a DJ, drag performers, food and lots of prizes! We also host the Saturday Night Dance Parties during Pride Portland and Bangor Pride.

Bangor Community Holiday Celebration

EqualityMaine’s Annual Bangor Community Celebration brings together supporters from across Central, Northern, Downeast and Midcoast Maine to celebrate community and present awards to regional leaders. The 5th annual event will be held in Bangor on December 14, 2018. The Celebration draws close to 200 community members, including city and state elected officials, community organization leaders and many of our members.

The Great Pumpkin Ball

Our annual Halloween celebration with over 600 attendees this past year. The event is an 18+ community costume ball, featuring dancing, drag performers, prizes and a costume contest like no other. This year’s event will be moving to the State Theater in Portland on October 27, 2018.

Out on Ice

While most Mainers are hibernating in the winter months, EQME and our members are skating! This event in partnership with GLSEN Southern Maine brings out over 600 community members each January for a winter dance party on the ice at The Rink at Thompson’s Point in Portland. The event raises funds to support our partnership with GLSEN to create safer schools for LGBTQ+ youth.

Dine OUT for Equality

This past summer, we launched a new event that engaged 44 local restaurants, coffee shops and eateries from 17 differest towns and cities across the state in a day of giving to support our work. Our members dined at these establishments over the course of the day, and these pro-equality businesses donated a percentage of their proceeds. This summer’s event will be held at the end of August!

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