Pride

In 2022 June is now synonymous with Pride month. A month to recognize and celebrate those part of the LGBT+ community. According to the Library of Congress, it’s in June to honor the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan in 1969. The event, simplified, was a clash between New York Police Officers and LGBTQ+ that began at a popular gay bar in New York City, Stonewall Inn. During this time homosexuality was still considered to be a criminal offense. Read more about the events here.

These days Pride covers a variety of events such as parades, drag shows, live music, and more. Here in Maine, Hallowell already had their Pride Parade, and the largest in the state, Portland, is being held on Saturday, June 18th.

EqualityMaine

EqualityMaine is at the forefront of fighting for equality for the LGBTQ+ community in the state of Maine. According to the EqualityMaine website, their mission is to…

[S]ecure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Maine through political action, community organizing, education, and collaboration. We envision the day when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of Maine people and in all areas of the law.

Pride Cocktail

Cushnoc, Augusta’s finest brewery slash pizza joint has featured items for several years that benefit EqualityMaine like their Pride Pie with toppings that span the colors of the rainbow.

This year they have released a colorful and delicious-looking cocktail inspired by a Harry Styles song, Watermelon Sugar.

This drink is made with Tito’s Vodka, watermelon pucker, fresh muddled watermelon, lemon-lime soda, and garnished with a sour rainbow belt candy and lemon. A portion of the sales goes to EqualityMaine.

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