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05.06.2022 || Seacoast NH
[Qotd] // [Upcoming Events] // [Elect] // [Reiteration]
And here we go again. All I can say is how grateful I am to these organizations helping people access abortion care here in NH. Donate if you can, amplify their messages, show some love:

Reproductive Freedom Fund NH (RFFNH) : @ReproFundNH //

Lovering Health Center : @LoveringHealth //

Equality Health Center : @EqualityHealthCenter //

The Cut has also published a comprehensive list of abortion access funds in every state.

Scroll down for info on protests and rallies next week. Email to let me know of any other upcoming local actions.



"The same lawmakers who want to ban trans girls in order to 'protect women' are attacking reproductive rights which will disproportionately harm the people they are so interested in protecting."

– Chris Mosier (@TheChrisMosier), trans athlete & advocate
And speaking of attacks on trans youth, this is one way our community is fighting back (with love) here in NH!

I'm excited to report that...
thanks to the generous donation of art by Rae Senarighi (both the artist @transpainter and his beautifully designed billboard pictured below!); logistical and brainstorming support from Janelle Drake; an impressive fundraising kickoff by Amy Desrosiers and the amazing Lezhang Seacoast community, and generous donations from a number of you Outboard supporters...
we are already HALFWAY to our goal of raising $4,000 to fund a billboard in time for Pride month!

As soon as we raise another $2,000, I'll be able to sign a 3-month lease on a billboard in downtown Manchester starting mid-June!

To help raise money for the billboard and spread the message "You Are Loved" across the Seacoast and beyond, we're printing yard signs. Available with donation of $25 or more! (see details below)
I've tried to make the yard sign ordering system as simple as possible (still a bit confusing, sorry!) while also allowing our *tiny* volunteer team to distribute signs to The Outboard's geographically expansive community efficiently and economically. This means:
  • If you live in the greater Seacoast area, LARGE ORDERS (10 or more signs, $250+ donation) CAN BE DELIVERED to you! So ask your neighbors and friends to chip in to a group order!
  • All other sign orders MUST BE PICKED UP in Nottingham or Somersworth*

*If you'd like to be listed as a sign pickup location for your organization, group or neighborhood, email me at for details!

**And if you live too far away for local pickup or delivery, you can get a similar yard sign (or stickers or t-shirts etc.) from Fair Wisconsin ( (NOTE: This merch is NOT in any way connected to our fundraising efforts and your purchase won't help get our Manchester billboard up, but still a good cause and a way for you to spread the message!)




#StopTheBans: Durham Reproductive Rights Rally // // @ Thompson Hall Lawn // UNH // Durham, NH
Fri MAY 6 // 1:30pm
Any and all concerned citizens are invited to rally on the "T-Hall Lawn" (in front of Thompson Hall on the UNH campus). More info @DurhamReproRally. Sponsored by UNH Planned Parenthood Generation Action and UNH Sexual Violence Action Committee.
more info

Maddoc Johnson Quartet // @ The Word Barn // Exeter, NH
Fri MAY 6 // 8:30pm
"The Maddoc Johnson Quartet is a seacoast based group of queer musicians exploring themes of love, loss, and self discovery through the mediums of jazz, blues, poetry, and other forms of musical expression."
buy tickets


This Weekend

The Great Gay Scavenger Hunt // benefits EqualityMaine // @ Liquid Riot // Portland, ME
Sat MAY 7 // 1pm
Hosted by Sapphic Saturday, the scavenger hunt starts at 1pm on Saturday, May 7 when a list of clues will be emailed to all registered participants. Solve each clue to find an LGBTQ-owned or LGBTQ-friendly business in Portland. Collect stickers from participating businesses and meet up for a party at Liquid Riot starting at 7pm. 100% of ticket sales will be donated to Equality Maine. Note that some businesses may require ID, proof of vaccination or masks.
buy tickets
"Gay" Old Times History Walk // Portsmouth Historical Society // Portsmouth, NH
Sun MAY 8 // 2:30pm
Tour guide Tom Kaufhold leads this engaging 75 to 90-minute walking tour of tdowntown Portsmouth as you discover the hidden history of LGBT clubs, organizations, and people who impacted the seacoast of NH. Tickets are $20. Tours start at 2:30pm and will be held on second Sundays (May October) with additional tours this summer on second Wednesdays (June September).
buy tickets // 2022 tour dates

Indigo Girls : "Look Long: Together" documentary special // online at
Sun MAY 8 // 9pm
Celebrate your lesbian moms on Sunday!
more info & tickets

Next Week

Bring Your Dog to Lezhang Day // Lezhang Seacoast // @ Wagon Hill Farm // Durham, NH
Mon MAY 9 // 6 – 8pm
Are you excited about the many inclusive (and usually FREE) events Lezhang Seacoast has been planning for the queer community this year? (I sure am! :) They are now on Patreon (, which means you can support them starting at just $3/month, which goes a long way to sustain this all-volunteer effort!
more info

Coffee and Conversations: "Supporting Growing Diversity in NH Schools" // Carsey School of Public Policy // UNH // online event
Wed MAY 11 // 8:15 – 9:30am
Organizers write, "As NH schools become more diverse, in race, gender identity, and more, Andres Mejia, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice for SAU 16 (Exeter, NH), works to ensure that every student feels welcome and supported. Join us for a conversation about the importance of DEI in schools and how educators can support students at a time when dialogue around diversity and difference is limited."
more info
Abortion Is Not a Crime Protest // RFFNH // Concord, NH
Fri MAY 13 // 9am (@ Concord District Court)
Fri MAY 13 // 3 – 6pm (@ NH State House)
Organizers write, "Bring a sign, a friend, your joy, your rage. The time for action is NOW - we must stand up and be heard before it's too late. WE WON'T GO BACK. Join us at 9am for a rally outside the Concord District Court in solidarity with those arrested in protest of the state budget last year, which included Sununu's Abortion Ban. Between 3-6pm we will gather in front of the New Hampshire State House in Concord to show our power, tell our stories, and demand change from our legislators. Bring signs, friends, music, stories - show up as your full selves in protest of the government interfering with our rights to protect our own bodies."
more info


This Month

Art & Plant Extravaganza! // Manchester Grows // @ Brown and Mitchell Park // Manchester, NH
Sat MAY 14 // 10am – 3pm
This free outdoor family event is billed as "an event for BIPOC, queer and disabled peeps, created by BIPOC, queer and disabled peeps!" The all-day event features food trucks, popup  gallery, live performances, and more.
more info // sign up to be a vendor or volunteer!

NHGMC Spring Concert Series 2022: Let Me (Finally) Be the Music  // NH Gay Men's Chorus //
Sat MAY 14 // 7:30pm (@ Londonderry United Methodist Church) // buy tickets
Sun MAY 15 // 4pm (@ First Baptist Church of Nashua) // buy tickets
Sat MAY 21 // 7:30pm (@ Concord Wesley United Methodist Church) // buy tickets
Sun MAY 22 // 4pm (@ The Derryfield School) // buy tickets
more info

Sapphic Salon // Lezhang Seacoast // @ Crackskull's // Newmarket, NH
Thu MAY 19 // 6 – 9pm
more info

Queer Choir Sing-In // Lezhang Seacoast // @ Christ Church Exeter // 43 Pine Street // Exeter, NH
Sat MAY 21 // 11am – 12:30pm
Sat JUN 11 // 11am – 12:30pm
No formal experience necessary; come ready to sing. And sign up here!
more info // signup form

Catie Curtis and Maia Sharp //@ Jonathan's // Ogunquit, ME
Sat MAY 21 // 7pm
more info
Lifting Up LGBTQIA+ Youth // @ Rye Public Library // Rye, NH (online option also available)
Thu MAY 26 // 6:30pm
Emme Hooks, MT-BC (they/them/theirs) from The Sonatina Center for Creative Arts Therapies, will be presenting and facilitating community discussion on identity development, youth mental health, and affirming queer youth. Adults and youth welcome! No registration required. Event will be held in-person with an online viewing option.
more info


Next Month

Pride Kickoff Party // benefits AIDS Response Seacoast // @ Portsmouth Gas Light Co // Portsmouth, NH
Wed JUN 1 // 6 – 9pm
more info

Grand Opening Celebration: "Standing Together: LGBTQ Social and Support Groups" exhibit // sponsored by the Seacoast LGBT History Project // @ Portsmouth Athenaeum // 9 Market Square // Portsmouth, NH
Fri JUN 3 // 5 – 8pm
more info
Club 3S // featuring DJ Skooch & DJ MAM // @ 3S Artspace // Portsmouth, NH
Fri JUN 3 // 8pm - 12am
more info

Wanda Sykes // @ Chevalier Theatre // Medford, MA
Sat JUN 4 // 7pm
more info

Pride + Beer Release Party // hosted by @sapphic.saturday and  @queersandbeersme  // @ Liquid Riot // Portland, ME
Sun JUN 5 // TBD
more info
Femmes & Thems Night // Upstairs @ Ember Wood Fired Grill // 1 Orchard Street // Dover, NH
Tue JUN 7 // 6 – 10pm
more info
"Gay" Old Times History Walk // Portsmouth Historical Society // Portsmouth, NH
Wed JUN 8 // 2:30pm
Sun JUN 12 // 2:30pm
buy tickets // 2022 tour dates

The Golden Games : a Golden Girls musical game show // @ Peabody Black Box Theater // Peabody, MA
Thu JUN 9 // 7:30pm
more info

Ladies Night // Queen City Pride // @ Strange Brew Tavern // Manchester, NH
Sat JUN 11 // 7:30pm
Queen City Pride will be honoring “Mona’s 440 Club" at Strange Brew Tavern Downstairs.
more info
Sapphic Salon // Lezhang Seacoast // @ Crackskull's // Newmarket, NH
Thu JUN 16 // 6 – 9pm
more info

Gallery Talk: "Standing Together: LGBTQ Social and Support Groups" exhibit // Seacoast LGBT History Project // @ Portsmouth Athenaeum // 9 Market Square // Portsmouth, NH
Thu JUN 16 // 7pm
more info
Amythyst Kiah // @ Concord Center for the Arts // Concord, NH
Thu JUN 30 // 8pm
more info

Pull for Pride // Rx Strength Training // Somerville, MA
Sat JUN 18 // 9am
more info

PRIDE 2022!

Ogunquit Pride 2022 // Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce // Ogunquit, ME
Wed JUN 1 – Sun JUN 5
more info // register

Queen City Pride Festival // Queen City Pride // @ Arms Park // Manchester, NH
Sat JUN 18 // 10am – 6pm
Sign up now to be a vendor or performer or sponsor and participate in Manchester's 1st annual Pride parade!
more info

Trans Resistance March & Festival // Trans Resistance MA // @ Franklin Park Playstead // Boston, MA
Sat JUN 25 (*note date change*) // TBA
more info

Portsmouth PRIDE // Seacoast Outright // Portsmouth, NH
Sat JUN 25 // TBA
more info

North Shore Pride Parade & Festival // North Shore Pride // Salem, MA
Sat JUN 25 // 11am – 5pm
more info // vendor registration

Nashua Pride Festival // Nashua Pride // Nashua, NH
Sat JUN 25 // TBD
more info

White Mountains Pride // White Mountains Pride // @ North Conway Community Center Park // North Conway, NH
Sat JUN 25 // 10am – 5pm
more info


Save the Date

Summer Camping Series // Queerly Maine // across ME
JUL – AUG // full schedule
more info

Charlie Howard Memorial Bench Dedication // @ North Church // Portsmouth, NH
Mon JUL 11 // 6pm
more info


Hey NH, remember Sununu's abortion ban?

Let's start working to elect an (actual) pro-choice governor this fall. Currently Sununu has one challenger, pro-choice Democrat Tom Sherman (

Read more about our NH elected officials who are standing up for abortion rights:
"Leak of draft Supreme Court opinion galvanizes NH abortion rights activists" (Keene Sentinel)


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