Presque Isle gears up for state conference
It's official. The 25th Maine Lesbian & Gaymen's Symposium will be held on the campus of the University of Maine at Presque Isle over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-31,1999. This is not the first time that Northern Lambda Nord, the state's oldest community-based group, has hosted the three-day event.

Billed as "Building Gay Community," organizers plan to bring together representatives from every queer organization in Maine, giving them an extended opportunity to meet, network, exchange ideas, and just socialize in a relaxed and unhurried environment. The annual conference will bring lesbians,

gay-men, bisexuals, trangendered folks, and their friends & allies to Aroostook County for a late spring weekend in The Crown of Maine. The international flavour of the long weekend has become a tradition when NLN hosts Symposium. Attendees arrive from Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and even Newfoundland to enjoy County hospitality. One of two keynote speakers is always a Canadian activist. Symposium in Presque Isle was the first to house conferencegoers on campus, thereby creating a sense of a "queer university," and establishing a tradition that has continued over the years. Pink triangle banners on UMPI campus lampposts mark the territory we create for ourselves on the hill overlooking Presque Isle to the north and potato fields to the south.

Organizers of Maine's 25th Symposium are planning to make this one a special weekend. Make sure your name is on the mailing list to receive registration information.

Are you a member of one of the dozens of queer groups in Maine?
Then you must plan to attend Symposium 25!
Some of the workshops will be geared for PEOPLE INVOLVED IN ORGANIZATIONS. Workshops will focus on issues such as how to become a 501 (c)3 group recruiting volunteers group dynamics (how can we get our board to work together smoothly) fundraising stuff like that. If you know someone who would be good at leading any of these types of discussions, or have suggestions for topics, please contact the Symposium 25 commitee in Caribou.

Wanna have a good time?
Then you must plan to attend Symposium 25!
Some of the workshops will be the tried and true ones
  • coming out
  • long-term relationships
  • out on-the-job
  • legal issues
  • stuff like that
PLUS we want to offer some fun and different topics such as
  • cooking (?)
  • any other suggestions?
If you know someone who would be good a leading any of these types of discussions, please contact the Symposium 25 committee in Caribou.

One of our two keynote speakers will be long-time activist Diane Elze

She was involved in early Symposiums (Symposia?), and was instrumental in founding the first Outright group in Portland.

Here's what you can expect to spend
You will be given a choice of several "plans"
  • Plan A, which includes registration (admission to all events), three nights lodging (double occupancy), and six meals - $140
  • Plan B is two nights lodging and five meals plus registration for $120
  • Plan C is one night in the dorm, four meals and registration, $90
Please Note That these prices may change slightly but we hope not!

Memorial Day Weekend May 28-31, 1999
University of Maine at Presque Isle hosted by Northern Lambda Nord
Registration Information MAIL POB 990, Caribou ME 04736-0990 USA

TELEPHONE (VOICE & TTY) 207-498-2088 or 800-468-2088 (within Maine)

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