3rd Annual Dine OUT for Equality

Dine OUT for EqualityCelebrate and support LGBTQ+ visibility and equality with delicious food and drinks around Maine!

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, pubs, food trucks, farm stands, breweries, and eateries throughout the state are invited to join us for our 3rd annual day of giving to support EqualityMaine.

The list of 2019 Dine OUT partners is now available.  CLICK HERE and be sure to chck back as we’ll continue to update this week.

Not on the list? You can still sign up HERE!

 EqualityMaine has been fighting for full equality for LGBTQ+ Mainers for 35 years, and Dine OUT for Equality is an amazing opportunity to help keep us strong for the next 35 years! At a time when our opposition is more emboldened than ever and actively arguing that businesses should have the right to refuse service to LGBTQ+ people, it is critical to show Mainers that they are welcome, safe, supported and loved in their community. By opening your doors and participating in Dine OUT for Equality, you are sending a loud and clear message that LGBTQ+ Mainers are welcomed and celebrated by your business!

As a community, it is equally important to get out and support the local businesses that are standing with us! Your participation can have a big impact in helping us build a stronger community for all Mainers.

Last year, 66 pro-equality businesses in 19 towns and cities across Maine participated in Dine OUT for Equality and donated over $15,000 to EqualityMaine to support our work. We are thrilled that Dine OUT for Equality has become an annual tradition and need your help to reach more communities across the state!

What are we asking of your business as a 2019 Dine OUT partner?

  • Pledge to donate 10-20% or a flat rate of your business’ proceeds for September 24 to the EqualityMaine Foundation
  • Display a Dine OUT for Equality decal in your window to promote your partnership with EqualityMaine
  • Make information about EqualityMaine available to your customers on the day of the event
  • Consider adding a special Dine OUT menu item for the day (we can help with ideas!)
  • Consider putting out a donations receptacle for supporters to make additonal contributions to support our work

What can your business expect from EqualityMaine as a 2019 Dine OUT partner?

  • Advertisement of your business’ participation in Dine OUT leading up to and through the event:
    • Email blasts ~ 60,000 reach
    • Facebook ~ 17,000 reach
    • Twitter ~ 7,600 reach
    • Instagram ~ 2,000 reach
  • Exposure through local press releases leading up to the event
  • A marketing tool kit (physical and electronic) to assist with promoting your business’ participation
  • A fun and rewarding experience interacting bringing Maine’s LGBTQ+ commnunity into your business
  • A robust social media lead up to and during the big day on September 24!

What will your business’ support mean to EqualityMaine?

By participating in Dine OUT for Equality, your support will help us continue our work:

  • create safer and more inclusive schools and communities for LGBTQ+ youth, especially in more rural parts of Maine
  • empower our next generation of LGBTQ+ activists through our New Leaders Project summer camp
  • consult with and train business and community leaders to help ensure workplaces and communities free from discrimination and bias
  • continue to change hearts and minds across the state as we work to protect and advance equality for all LGBTQ+ Mainers

*EqualityMaine Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to fullest extent allowed by law.

Ready to sign up?

Click HERE to go to our on-line sign up form!

Need more info? 

Email our Dine OUT coordinator, Alyssa Carlotto, at dineout@equalitymaine.org.

Know a business that might want to participate?

Dine OUT for Equality is open to any business that wants to participate.  Please help us spread the word and forward them the link to this page!

Sign up your business to be a 2019 Dine OUT partner today!
Mark your calendar for September 24 and get ready to Dine OUT!
Want to see who participated for last year's Dine OUT for Equality?
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