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NH House votes to allow gay couples to adopt together 
  nh_astronomy
 
07:45pm 21/03/2007
  Wednesday, March 21, 2007
N.H. House votes to allow gay couples to adopt together

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The House voted Wednesday to allow unmarried adults — including gay couples — to adopt children together. State law allows children to be adopted by married couples or single adults. Gay individuals can adopt, but same-sex couples can adopt in only six of the state's 10 counties because probate judges interpret the law differently. The 234-127 vote sent the bill to the Senate. Supporter Jayne Spaulding said current law is ''neither fair nor just'' because some courts allow the adoptions while others don't. The Bedford Republican said the bill is needed to correct an ambiguity. ''This bill is not about whether gays or lesbians should be allowed to adopt,'' said Spaulding, who noted a ban on gays adopting was lifted in 1999. Not just gay couples would be affected, she added. A brother and sister might want to adopt a younger sibling if their parents were dead, she said. Fremont Republican Dan Itse objected that the bill would allow same-sex couples to adopt as a couple — a debate the House will have when it considers pending bills to allow civil unions and same-sex marriage. Itse predicted the House will approve one of the bills, which would make the adoption bill unnecessary. ''This bill is premature,'' he said. Itse also noted that unmarried couples can split up without getting divorced, which means there is no court oversight of the child's welfare. ''This can make children the only legal tie between these two adults,'' he said. ''If the relationship dissolves, that child may be the only strand between two adults.'' Itse said unmarried couples are less stable than married couples. ''We have little control over families created naturally, but adopted families are created by the state,'' he said. ''We must strive for the highest possible standards.'' Salem Republican Marilinda Garcia said children do best with two parents who are married. But Rep. Eileen Flockhart said ''families come in all sizes and shapes.'' Flockhard, D-Exeter, said the law needs to be clarified so unmarried couples aren't hampered by such simple things as having only one parent legally responsible to make health care decisions or sign permission slips for children to take school trips. ''What if the legally responsible adult becomes critically ill?'' she asked. Flockhart pointed out that the adoption process won't change. ''It often involves a year or two years of home studies,'' she said. ''It is not casually moved into by a couple of roommates.'' Supporters also noted that the bill requires authorities to consider whether the couple live together, are economically interdependent and have a shared commitment to parenting. The counties that have allowed same-sex couples to adopt are Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Rockingham, Strafford and Sullivan. Probate judges in the other four — Merrimack, Hillsborough, Cheshire and Grafton — have not. Judges in those counties have said the law does not apply to same-sex couples because they cannot legally marry in New Hampshire. On the Net at www.gencourt.state.nh.us/hcaljourns/calendars/2007/houcal2007_21.html and www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XII/170-B/170-B-4.htm
 
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Upcoming 2007 NH GLBTQA Events 
  nh_astronomy
 
09:20am 28/02/2007
  MARCH 2007
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 - Concord Outright Weekly Meeting (Thursdays)
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 - Dartmouth College GLBT Social Weekly Meeting (Thursdays)
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 - Capital Gay Men's Weekly Meeting (Fridays)
03 - Full Moon
03 - Amelia's Gay Women Salon Discussion & Potluck in Cornish NH (1st Saturday)
03 - Lakes-Mountain Connection Gay Women Sledding Party & Potluck in Ashland, NH
04 - Women Meeting Women Rap Group Meeting (Twice Monthly)
05, 12, 19, 26 - Seacoast Gay Men's Weekly Meeting (Mondays)
06 - PFLAG-NH Keene Chapter Monthly Meeting (1st Tuesday)
06 - PFLAG-NH Seacoast Chapter Monthly Meeting (1st Tuesday)
06, 13, 20, 27 - Dartmouth College GLBT Issues & Support Weekly Meeting (Tuesdays)
06, 13, 20, 27 - Dartmouth College Questioning & Coming Out Weekly Meeting (Tuesdays)
06, 13, 20, 27 - Manchester Outright Weekly Meeting (Tuesdays)
06, 13, 20, 27 - UNH Gay-Straight Alliance Weekly Meeting (Tuesdays)
07, 14, 21, 28 - Dartmouth College Gay Straight Alliance Weekly Meeting (Wednesdays)
09 - So How's Your Queer/Bi/Trans Love Life? Boston Fenway Health's Living Well Monthly Series Forum
10 - Families First Seacoast hosts its monthly LGBT Family Social. (2nd Saturday)
10 - Gay Women's T-Dance at Maine Street  in Ogunquit, Maine 
11 - Daylight Saving Tine Begins (Federal Law changed the date from April to March)
11 - PFLAG-NH Manchester Chapter Monthly Meeting (2nd Sunday)
12 - PFLAG-NH Upper Valley Chapter Monthly Meeting (2nd Monday)
13 - Common Ground Reading GLBT Concord Group (2nd Tuesday)
13 - Fenway Health Center Bisexual & Bi-Curious Men's Group (2nd Tuesday)
13 - PFLAG-NH Plymouth Chapter Monthly Meeting (2nd Tuesday)
16 - After Work Lesbian Social at the Green Martini on Pleasant St. in Concord NH (3rd Friday)
17 - Seacoast Sapphos Gay Women's Dance in Portsmouth
18 - PFLAG-NH Concord Chapter Monthly Meeting (3rd Sunday)
18 - The VT-NH Lesbian Grandmother' s Group Monthly Meeting in White River Jct, VT (3rd Sumday)
18 - Women Meeting Women Rap Group Meeting (Twice Monthly)
20 - Spring Begins
20 - Borders Bookstore GLBT Reading Group Monthly Meeting in West Lebanon NH (3rd Tuesday)
25 - Amelia's Gay Women's Monthly Supper in Hanover NH (Last Sunday of each Month)
25 - Seacoast Women's Book Club Meeting (4th Sunday)
28 - The Reel Thing Film "Southern Comfort" at UNH-Durham Campus
30 - AIDS Services Monadnock Region Presents "Rainbow Ladies Easter Parade" in Keene NH
31 - AIDS Response Seacoast Spring Gala Event Featuring Marsha Wash

APRIL 2007
01 - April Fool's Day
01 -  Amelia's Gay Women's Salon Discussion & Potluck in Cornish NH (1st Saturday)
02 - Full Moon
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 - Seacoast Gay Men's Weekly Meeting (Mondays)
03 - PFLAG-NH Keene Chapter Monthly Meeting (1st Tuesday)
03 - PFLAG-NH Seacoast Chapter Monthly Meeting (1st Tuesday)
03, 10, 17, 24 - Dartmouth College GLBT Issues & Support Weekly Meeting (Tuesdays)
03, 10, 17, 24 - Dartmouth College Questioning & Coming Out Weekly Meeting (Tuesdays)
03, 10, 17, 24 - Manchester Outright Weekly Meeting (Tuesdays)
03, 10, 17, 24 - UNH Gay-Straight Alliance Weekly Meeting (Tuesdays)
04, 11, 18, 25 - Dartmouth College Gay Straight Alliance Weekly Meeting (Wednesdays)
05 - NH TREE sponsors the UNH "Illuminating Genders" Weekend Conference
05, 12, 19, 26 - Concord Outright Weekly Meeting (Thursdays)
05, 12, 19, 26 - Dartmouth College GLBT Social Weekly Meeting (Thursdays)
06, 13, 20, 27 - Capital Gay Men's Weekly Meeting (Fridays)
08 - Easter
08 - PFLAG-NH Manchester Chapter Monthly Meeting (2nd Sunday)
08 - Women Meeting Women Rap Group Meeting (Twice Monthly)
09 - PFLAG-NH Upper Valley Chapter Monthly Meeting (2nd Monday)
10 - Common Ground Reading GLBT Concord Group (2nd Tuesday)
10 - Fenway Health Center Bisexual & Bi-Curious Men's Group (2nd Tuesday)
10 - PFLAG-NH Plymouth Chapter Monthly Meeting (2nd Tuesday)
11 - UNH GLBTQA Pancake Breakfast & Award Ceremony
11 - The Reel Thing Films "The Celluloid Closet" at UNH-Durham Campus.
14 - ASMR presents "Friends of Dorothy Dinner at the Inn at Jaffrey Center.
17 - Families First Seacoast hosts its monthly LGBT Family Social. (2nd Saturday)
15 - PFLAG-NH Concord Chapter Monthly Meeting (3rd Sunday)
22 - Earth Day (Hug a Tree!)
22 - Seacoast Women's Book Club Meeting (4th Sunday)
22 - Women Meeting Women Rap Group Meeting (Twice Monthly)
26 - National Day of Silence.

MAY 2007
01 - PFLAG-NH Keene Chapter Monthly Meeting (1st Tuesday)
01 - PFLAG-NH Seacoast Chapter Monthly Meeting (1st Tuesday)
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 - Dartmouth College GLBT Issues & Support Weekly Meeting (Tuesdays)
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 - Dartmouth College Questioning & Coming Out Weekly Meeting (Tuesdays)
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 - Manchester Outright Weekly Meeting (Tuesdays)
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 - UNH Gay-Straight Alliance Weekly Meeting (Tuesdays)
02 - Full moon
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 - Dartmouth College Gay Straight Alliance Weekly Meeting (Wednesdays)
03, 10, 17, 24, 31 - Concord Outright Weekly Meeting (Thursdays)
03, 10, 17, 24, 31 - Dartmouth College GLBT Social Weekly Meeting (Thursdays)
04, 11, 18, 25 - Capital Gay Men's Weekly Meeting (Fridays)
05 -  Amelia's Gay Women's Salon Discussion & Potluck in Cornish NH (1st Saturday)
05 - NH Gay Men's Chorus Performance in Plymouth NH 
05 - Women Meeting Women Dance in Hollis NH
06 - NH Gay Men's Chorus Performance in Manchester NH
06 - Women Meeting Women Rap Group Meeting (Twice Monthly)
07. 14, 21, 28 - Seacoast Gay Men's Weekly Meeting (Mondays)
08 - Common Ground Reading GLBT Concord Group (2nd Tuesday)
08 - PFLAG-NH Plymouth Chapter Monthly Meeting (2nd Tuesday)
08 - Fenway Health Center Bisexual & Bi-Curious Men's Group (2nd Tuesday)
12 - Families First Seacoast hosts its monthly LGBT Family Social. (2nd Saturday)
12 - Seacoast Sapphos Gay Women's Dance in Portsmouth
13 - Mother's Day
13 - PFLAG-NH Manchester Chapter Monthly Meeting (2nd Sunday)
14 - PFLAG-NH Upper Valley Chapter Monthly Meeting (2nd Monday)
17 - International Day Against Homophobia
19 - NH Gay Men's Chorus Performance in Portsmouth NH
20 - NH Gay Men's Chorus Performance in Keene NH
20 - PFLAG-NH Concord Chapter Monthly Meeting (3rd Sunday)
20 - Women Meeting Women Rap Group Meeting (Twice Monthly)
27 - Seacoast Women's Book Club Meeting (4th Sunday)

JUNE 2007
02 -  Amelia's Gay Women's Salon Discussion & Potluck in Cornish NH (1st Saturday)
03 - NH Gay Men's Chorus Performance in Nashua NH
09 - Boston Pride Parade
14 & 15 - ASMR presents "IDOL Auditions" at the Keene Moose Lodge.
21 - Annual Golden Threads Older Lesbians Event in Provincetown, MA

JULY 2007
14 thru 20 - GAYLA XXIX GLBT Men's Retreat @ Ferry Beach, Maine
17 - Tiffany Club of New England's Annual Transgender Conference in Burlington Massachusetts
22 - Seacoast Gay Men Annual Men's Boat Cruise

AUGUST 2007
11 - Women Meeting Women Annual Summer Picnic

SEPTEMBER 2007
15 - Seacoast Sapphos Gay Women's Dance
22 - Women Meeting Women Dance in Hollis NH

OCTOBER 2007
11 - National Coming Out Day - Who are you telling???

NOVEMBER 2007
03 - Seacoast Sapphos Gay Women's Dance
11 - Women Meeting Women Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Event

DECEMBER 2007
01 - World AIDS Day
08 - Women Meeting Women Dance in Hollis NH
 
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Newest update from Portland Outright 
  outright_ptld
 
04:36pm 25/08/2005
 
The latest update from Outright in Portland, Maine:

The last program to be held at 999 Forest Ave. will be Tuesday, August 30
which will be the FINAL DANCE AT FOREST AVE!

Starting Friday, September 2, Outright's programs will be located at 43 Baxter Blvd. on the 2nd floor!


NEW SCHEDULE:

1st Friday of every month
6:00pm - 9:00pm Drop-In

3rd Friday of every month
6:00pm - 9:00pm Drop-In

1st Tueday of every month
6:00pm - 7:30pm Activity/Topic (Different every week!)
7:30pm - 9:00pm Peer-facilitated Support

2nd Tueday of every month
6:00pm - 7:30pm Activity/Topic (Different every week!)
7:30pm - 9:00pm Drop-In

3rd Tueday of every month
6:00pm - 7:30pm Peer-facilitated Support
7:30pm - 9:00pm Drop-In

4th Tueday of every month
6:00pm - 9:00pm Community Meeting
Let your voice be heard! Come make decisions about Outright's future and help create future activities.


Questions? Contact Transition@Outright.org


Outright's mission is to create safe, positive, and affirming environments for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and questioning people ages 22 and under. Outright aspires to a youth-driven philosophy in which youth needs and beliefs form decisions, and a collaboration of youth and adults provides support, education, advocacy, and social activities.
 
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New Schedule at Portland Outright 
  outright_ptld
 
08:36pm 12/07/2005
 
There have been some changes going on at the Outright in Portland. We want to keep you all up to speed on our programs, so here is the first update:

New Schedule:
Outright will be open every Tuesday night 6pm-9pm
at 999 Forest Ave, Portland, Maine

1st Tueday of every month
6:00pm - 7:30pm Activity/Topic (Different every week!)
7:30pm - 9:00pm Peer-facilitated Support

2nd Tueday of every month
6:00pm - 7:30pm Activity/Topic (Different every week!)
7:30pm - 9:00pm Drop-In

3rd Tueday of every month
6:00pm - 7:30pm Peer-facilitated Support
7:30pm - 9:00pm Drop-In

4th Tueday of every month
6:00pm - 9:00pm Community Meeting
Let your voice be heard! Come make decisions about Outright's future and help create future activities.


Questions? Contact Outright@Outright.org


Outright's mission is to create safe, positive, and affirming environments for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and questioning people ages 22 and under. Outright aspires to a youth-driven philosophy in which youth needs and beliefs form decisions, and a collaboration of youth and adults provides support, education, advocacy, and social activities.
 
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Maine Youth Summit is less 3 weeks away! 
  outright_ptld
 
02:57pm 08/06/2005
  Hey Everyone...
The Maine Youth Summit is just three weeks away! We still have room for more young people 22 and under to sign up. So check out the Summit website at http://www.outright.org/youth_summit.html for more info!



What Are You Busy Becoming?

We are excited to announce that pre-registration for the Maine Youth Summit 2005 is still available!
This year's theme is: Busy Becoming.

This year's Summit will be held June 25-26 at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine. We are honored to announce that this year's Keynote will be transgender activist, organizer, and writer, Leslie Fienberg! There will be lots of great workshops on the issues of safer sex, HIV/STDs, body image, activism, and more! There will also be a dance on Saturday night with Portland's D.J. Kate.

The Maine Youth Summit is an annual event for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and straight allied youth. The Maine Youth Summit provides a place for youth 22 and under to come together for a weekend with other youth from around the state and to educate themselves about the health issues of GLBTQQA young people.

The Summit, planned by youth from around the state, is funded through Portland Outright by the Bureau of Health.

You may contact outright@outright.org to request a pre-registration packet.
Please share with your friends and pass along to others!

Questions? Contact Lyndon at 1-888-567-7600 or lyndon@outright.org
Check out http://www.outright.org/youth_summit.html for more info.
 
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Outright Prom! 
  outright_ptld
 
05:23pm 02/05/2005
 
Outright Prom!

Friday, May 13th
8pm - 12pm
Holiday Inn By the Bay
Spring St., Portland, Maine

This is the annual Outright Prom for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning, and straight allied youth ages 22 and under.
This year's theme is Horror Movies!....like Friday the 13th.

$10 pre-register (call or email rsvp@outright.org)
$15 at the door
(Financial assistance available for those who need it)

Questions or to reserve tickets:
Call Outright at 828-6560 or toll-free at 1-888-567-7600
 
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Announcing: Maine Youth Summit 2005! 
  outright_ptld
 
04:09pm 29/04/2005
 
What Are You Busy Becoming?

We are excited to announce that pre-registration for the Maine Youth Summit 2005 has now begun!
This year's theme is: Busy Becoming.

This year's Summit will be held June 25-26 at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine. We are honored to announce that this year's Keynote will be transgender activist, organizer, and writer, Leslie Fienberg! There will be lots of great workshops on the issues of safer sex, HIV/STDs, body image, activism, and more! There will also be a dance on Saturday night with Portland's D.J. Kate.

The Maine Youth Summit is an annual event for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and straight allied youth. The Maine Youth Summit provides a place for youth 22 and under to come together for a weekend with other youth from around the state and to educate themselves about the health issues of GLBTQQA young people.

The Summit, planned by youth from around the state, is funded through Portland Outright by the Bureau of Health.

You may contact outright@outright.org to request a pre-registration packet.
Please share with your friends and pass along to others!

Questions? Contact Lyndon at 1-888-567-7600 or lyndon@outright.org
Check out www.outright.org for the Maine Youth Summit link.
 
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Portland Outright now has an LJ account! 
  outright_ptld
 
09:18pm 15/04/2005
 
Outright in Portland, Maine now has an official LJ account!

Outright's mission is to create safe, positive, and affirming environments for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and questioning people ages 22 and under. Outright aspires to a youth-driven philosophy in which youth needs and beliefs form decisions, and a collaboration of youth and adults provides support, education, advocacy, and social activities.

This LJ user account is a place for you to stay updated on the activites going on at Outright.
It is not a personal journal, but rather an event/program listing.
You can check out more about Outright at http://outright.gwi.net!


If you add Outright_Ptld as a friend:
-You get to see updates on what's happening!
-It will not add you back.
-Your name will never show up on Outright_Ptld's user profile (confidentiality).

This journal does not accept comments.
 
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omg im new but... 
  _badger
 
12:42pm 31/03/2005
  I wrote a long entry and the computer deleted it. Then i rewrote it to maybe half of its potentiel and it got DELETED AGAIN.

anyway, im steven, 19 and i went to SCO like last year. i had fun and i plan on going again when the weather gets a little nicer. ok bye.
 
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Bush's Inauguration Comes Soon 
  mylilwrldofsin
 
05:38pm 12/01/2005
  In just a few short days, January 20th, Bush's Inauguration will take place. The total cost for this event? 20 million dollars. And they say our troops aren't protected because they can't afford it.
I for one will be showing my support with my new AIM buddy icon. You can too: http://www.bluestarfolly.com/misc/icons/no-bush.html
 
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  _instigator
 
01:14pm 12/01/2005
 

Hi everyone.its jenna (dont no if you all remember me) but i just joined the community again

i used to go to outright all the frucking time..sadly not so much anymore.

-Jenna

 
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I think I just figured part of me out... 
  lynx_of_ice
 
10:19pm 06/01/2005
 
mood: nervous
I was wondering if anybody could help me with a problem. Well, more of a situation than a problem.

Recently I just discovered in me (though I think I've known all along) that I'm pansexual, and I don't know how to tell people that I think should know. I live on an island with only a few hundred people here, and the whole town operates as one big dysfunctional family. Everyone knows everything about everyone.

This means that I'm friends with everyone in my highschool and that coming out would set me a part from them. I've one friend who graduated from here a few years back who came out about being gay, but he said he had a hard time even though his classes were a lot nicer than those I'd need to deal with.

I feel like not telling would be keeping a part, an important part, of me hidden from those I consider more or less close, but I don't want them to look at me any different, or in the case of the girl's basketball team, be any less huggy-hang offy-physical, I don't want them to be afraid of me, as my attitude and tendancies set me apart from them enough as it is and I'm only just being accepted.

I was just wondering if anybody had any advice about what I could do?

Lots of luv,

Lynx
 
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hey 
  mesosexi
 
12:41pm 24/10/2004
 

hey i might be going to group on Tuesdau so who is going to be there i hope a lot of u will go!

Love Jim

 
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  sylvea
 
07:55pm 09/10/2004
  Something that came up this Friday at outright was the fact that there were a lot of people who were arriving to the group late, and how some people thought it was disrupting to the discussions taking place.

So I would just like to remind people that group starts at 7, and to please try to be on time.
 
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  sylvea
 
10:20pm 14/09/2004
  anyone interested in the trans group, it's meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 15th) from 6-9 pm, at the community campus where regular outright is held.


Hope to see you there =)
 
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  sylvea
 
11:31pm 07/09/2005
  Did anyone here go to Outright tonight??
How was baking??
 
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im going 
  mesosexi
 
02:25pm 05/09/2004
 

hey people i might be going 2 group on the 24th i cant wait im going to work today and asking for the day off lol well i hope there will be a lot of people there and i hope my girl Sylvea will be there right next to me

 
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  sylvea
 
10:25am 05/09/2005
  My goodness, there were a LOT of people there last night!
I would say about 30 in all.

Now if we could only get that many people at the trans support group . . . .
 
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  sylvea
 
09:01pm 02/09/2005
  So, next Tuesday.

We're baking!
 
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miss outright 
  mesosexi
 
01:17pm 26/08/2004
 

I miss outright so much I haven’t been in like 6 or 7 months I want to go so bad but now I work on Fridays and I don’t kno if I’m working on Tuesday But I’m going soon even if I have to call out of work

 
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