The Journey to Be Me Voices from Maine's Transgender Community

The voices of transgender people are not often heard. They are grandmothers, ex-Marines, grade school children and leaders.
As a record number of states pass anti-transgender laws across the country, The Maine Monitor chronicles the stories of Maine’s transgender people and their struggle to be accepted and understood.

The heartbreak, hope and courage of a Maine transgender child

Their lives in a largely rural state can be especially difficult. They face bullying and isolation, and health resources are hard to come by.

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Series Contributors

Barbara A. Walsh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for newspapers in Ireland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida. While working at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, she reported on first-degree killer William Horton Jr. and Massachusetts’ flawed prison-furlough system. The series changed in-state sentencing and furlough laws and won a 1988 Pulitzer Prize.

Fred J. Field is a photojournalist who has completed more than 15,000 newspaper and magazine assignments. He has been a staff photographer at newspapers in Maine and Massachusetts, becoming photo director at two of them. He has earned state, regional and national awards for his photojournalism.


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