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Michaud, Michael H. ("Mike") (b. 1955)  
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Although Republicans had used coded language like "San Francisco values" to try to associate Michaud with the gltbq rights movement, he has not been an especially vigorous advocate for the cause, nor, until November 2013, did he publicly identify himself as a member of the community. He came out in an op-ed piece that was published in several Maine newspapers, including the Portland Press Herald.

Michaud stated that he was motivated to make a public statement because of "whisper campaigns, insinuations, and push-polls" about his sexual orientation. He offered "a simple, honest answer: 'Yes, I am [gay]. But why should it matter?'"

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In Maine, a state that enjoys marriage equality, it seems not to matter much. In any event, wrote Nick Sambides, Jr. of the Bangor Daily News, Michaud's homosexuality "was, apparently, a sort of public secret: Something respected with silence or tact." It is expected that Michaud's revelation will have very little effect on the campaign.

Linda Rapp

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Catalini, Michael. "Why a Congressman Wants to Take a $104,000 Pay Cut." National Journal (August 20, 2013): why-a-congressman-wants-to-take-a-104-000- pay-cut-20130820.

"Congressman Mike Michaud." (2013):

"Meet the Candidates 2012: Mike Michaud." Portland Press Herald (Maine) (November 2012): /candidates/mike-michaud/.

Metzler, Rebekah. "Ahead of Supreme Court Review, Maine Delegation Differs on Gay Marriage." Bangor Daily News (March 25, 2013): /2013/03/25/home/maine-lawmakers-weigh-in-on- gay-marriage-ahead-of-supreme-court-cases/.

Michaud, Mike. "Maine Voices: Politicians Should Not Be Involved in a Woman's Decisions about Pregnancy, Michaud Says." Portland Press Herald (Maine) (October 16, 2013): /opinion/Maine_Voices_Politicians_should_ not_be_involved_in_a_woman _s_decisions_about_pregnancy_.html.

_____. "Yes, I'm Gay. Now Let's Get Our State Back on Track." Portland Press Herald (Maine) (November 4, 2013): /opinion/Mike_Michaud_Yes_I_m_gay_Now _let_s_get_our_state_back_on_track_.html?pagenum=full.

Moretto, Mario. "Aside from Familiar Names, 2014 Blaine House Race Looks 'Very Different' from 2010." Bangor Daily News (August 15, 2013): /2013/08/15/politics/aside-from-familiar-names- blaine-house-race-in-2014-will- look-very-different-from-2010-experts-say.

Murphy, Grace. "Michaud: Stresses His Blue-collar Roots." Portland Press Herald (Maine) (October 21, 2002): 1A.

Sambides, Nick, Jr. "Michaud Beats Raye in 2nd District." Bangor Daily News (November 6, 2012): /2012/11/06/politics/michaud- holds-early-lead-in-contest-against-raye.

_____. "Spectrum of Reactions to Michaud Coming Out: Shock, Surprise, 'We All Knew It'." Bangor Daily News (November 4, 2013): /2013/11/04/politics/oh-my-god-deep-surprise-among- responses-to-michauds-coming-out.

Tuttle, Jeff. "Blue-collar Candidate; Michael Michaud, Democrat 2nd Congressional District." Bangor Daily News (October 13, 2004): B1


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Michaud, Michael H. ("Mike")  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2013  
    Date Last Updated November 19, 2013  
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