This makes me even more happy seeing as the interim president for my school had this forwarded to the student and faculty listserv!
The Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence (CPHV) is launching a statewide study to obtain information on the extent and impact of discrimination against members of Maine 's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender communities. Maine citizens and lawmakers have, for many years now, debated adding sexual orientation to the state's anti-discrimination laws. However, there has been a lack of hard data about the pervasiveness and seriousness of discrimination. This study is a way to supply that crucial data. CPHV intends to collect this critical data by interviewing scores of GLBT individuals across the state; from York to Aroostook County .
This information is so critical because of the many Mainers who believe GLBT individuals should be treated fairly, but do not believe that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is a real problem. By conducting this study, CPHV hopes to provide Maine with a realistic understanding of anti-GLBT discrimination. In light of the upcoming November referendum, this project is of even greater importance.
We are currently interviewing individuals and intend to finalize data collection by mid-September. Through personal stories and experiences, we expect to gain a deeper understanding of both the extent and impact of discrimination in Maine .
However, only with your assistance can we succeed in this much needed study.
We are looking for names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of individuals who have experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
§ E-mail or call us to set up an interview. These interviews will likely last between ½ hour to an hour, depending on the nature of your experiences.
§ Provide us with names and contact information of individuals who you believe would be willing to be interviewed. Note: We will be using your name as a referral source.
§ Pass along this e-mail to friends, loved ones, organizations, congregations, etc. who may be interested in participating in outreach or interviews.
All interviews are voluntary and confidential. No names or identifying information will be used in materials or efforts resulting from this study or shared outside of our organization unless explicitly agreed to by the participant. Interviews can be conducted by phone if necessary.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
GLBT Project Staff
The Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence