More and more queer and trans activists in Maine are finally speaking out against the parasitic campaign for gay marriage here in the pine tree state. During the last election in November 2009 any dissent around the issue, particularly why there was so much money being poured into a campaign that was not identified as a priority issue in numerous community needs assessments was met with deafening silence. In the following months after the election I embarked on a video project documenting first hand experiences of queer and trans activists from across the state who were critical of the issue from the start.
The following video, just over a half hour long, consists of eight short multi-generational interviews with queer and trans activists across the state. From the rural western mountains to southern metro areas, from central working class mill towns to small northern cities, these activist are saying no to the mainstream gay marriage campaign and its opportunistic tenure in Maine.
This video originally appeared in the January episode of the Maine Video Activist Network, a monthly news reel created by independent video journalist across the state. It has aired statewide on the cable access channels and streams online. It's after the jump.