As if being locked in a tight three-way race to become Maine’s next governor wasn’t enough for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.
Now, the 59-year-old Democrat is battling nearly 40 other candidates to become “The Grandest Marshal of Them All.”
This morning, the Advocate, a leading news source for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, launched a poll asking readers to choose from a list of grand marshals presiding over LGBT pride parades in 15 cities.
Michaud, who came out in November, will be one of three grand marshals at the 28th annual Portland Pride Parade on Saturday, June 21st. Joining Michaud are Sarah Holmes, the assistant director of student life and diversity and the coordinator for the Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity at the University of Southern Maine, and the family of Nicole Maines, a transgender student who won a discrimination lawsuit in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court after her school refused to let her use the girls bathroom.
Michaud is up against some pretty stiff national competition for the coveted crown. His challengers include movie stars, like Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset in the popular Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black”; and George Takei, who played Sulu on “Star Trek.” Also in the running are musician Gloria Estefan, and other politicians, including Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
So what do you think, Maine — does Michaud, who is trying to make U.S. history by becoming the first openly gay candidate to be elected governor, deserve your vote?