Just a little note to follow up on what Paula suggested you do if you feel you have been the victim of a hate crime.
I am writing from GLAD, the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. We are a Boston-based nonprofit public interest law firm that specializes in BGL & HIV issues. I just wanted to let everyone on Maine GayNet know that we are here as a resource for Mainers. We can provide legal information and lawyer referrals for all of the New England states, or refer you to our counterparts elsewhere if you require assistance outside of New England.
In short: if you need assistance, call our legal information hotline at (617) 426-1350 between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm. If you are unable to call the hotline, you can email us at email@example.com. Our website is www.glad.org - we encourage you to visit it to see what GLAD does & how we can help.
Finally, I just wanted to add that if you are (or know) a lawyer interested in joining our referral service, or someone interested in volunteering for GLAD, please contact Andrea Hildebran, GLAD's Education Director.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
294 Washington Street, Suite 740
Boston MA 02108