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How I Ate My Summer Vacation — New Eateries Continue to Flood the Peninsula and Beyond

Summer in Maine is a short window. It’s a time to slow down, get outside and soak up the warm weather before it inevitably disappears just a few months later. It’s also a time to give your oven a rest and sample some of the newer eats that are popping up around town on a weekly basis, and there’s plenty to look forward to. Not sure where to start? Here are a handful of spots…

Portland's 2017 Summer Guide

Summer in Maine reminds us how good it is to be alive.   Our state is peppered with beautiful lakes, miles of epic coastline, and gorgeous mountain trails that when witnessed, makes us appreciate our paltry existence. Here, seemingly sheltered from the world and its myriad problems, many of us are lucky to breathe fresh air, drink clean water, and exist a short ways away from natural marvels. As cliche as our state motto is,…

A Phoenix Guide to PortFringe — 8 Days of Raw, Risky Performances from Around the Country

The Yellow Wallpaper by Bare Portland, Photo by JJ Peeler/James Patefield That's right, PortFringe is back for its sixth year! From June 17-24, nearly 50 new, weird, and edgy original shows by artists from around the country will be performed in tight, intimate venues throughout Portland's arts district. Since wading through these acts can be a bit daunting, we created this handy guide to this year's festival. In the mood for something dark and apocalyptic?…

Honoring the Pride Portland! Grand Marshals

Courtesy of Pride Portland!, we recognize the individuals serving as Grand Marshals of the 2017 Pride Parade. Each of them make up the Exploratory Committee of the Equality Community Center (511 Congress St.), which was formed in 2014 in an effort to expand services, assess community needs, and develop a larger and more comprehensive center for LGBTQIA people in Portland. Their expanded of the Center, including retail space, space for additional non-profits, increased programming, and housing…

Pride and Prejudice

Pride is a time of celebration. When we in the LGBTQ+ community celebrate our identities, our voices, our love, and our community, proud to be who we are. But Pride is also a time to reflect on the work left to do. Pride, like our community, does not exist in a vacuum. A celebration for some of us does not mean a celebration for all. The safety and comfort to choose to celebrate Pride — or not to…

My First Pride

I’ve been out as queer for over a decade, and have been to every Pride festival here in Portland since moving in 2010 (actually, Pride that year was my first weekend living in Portland — it was a nice little gay welcoming party from the city). But this will be my first Pride celebration as an out transman. I’m really looking forward to running around shirtless with my 11 new chin hairs and SPF 100-laden…

Honoring the Legacy of Stonewall

In the summer of 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City as part of a decades-long campaign of harassment against LGBT citizens. These raids had become routine for all the city’s clubs and watering holes that dared to provide sanctuary for the LGBT community. But the raid that transpired on the 28th of June 1969 was anything but routine. As legend has it, police rushed the bar at Stonewall and shortly afterward,…

Clean: How Hookup Language is Killing Gay Men

You’ve probably used an online dating service or app at some point in your adult life.If you’re a gay man or MSM (men who have sex with men), you’ve probably experienced a twinge of guilt over just how much time you’ve spent looking at profiles, answering ads or trading photos.For many people, the dating app has replaced the gay bar and dance club. The internet has completely changed the way we perform the choreography of hooking up. What hasn’t changed…

Beyond the L and G in LGBTQ+

What is Fluid? Fluid is a dance party celebrating multisexual identities happening June 14 at Flask Lounge on Spring St. What does Multisexual mean? Multisexual is an umbrella term for sexualities that includes an attraction to more than one gender; such as bisexual, pansexual, or queer. We think it is incredibly important to create these specific and safe spaces within the Pride celebration, to help foster visibility and inclusion. Donations are being accepted to benefit…

Preserving Queer Space — An Interview with Wendy Chapkis about the LGBTQ Oral History Project

While strides have been made for rights and visibility of LGBTQ+ people in American life overall, they’ve accompanied an unfortunate decline in bars and other designated queer spaces, which have been vital in fostering culture and community for generations. Portland witnessed this first hand last winter, when longtime Old Port dance club Styxx closed. One person hoping to raise awareness to this alarming trend is Wendy Chapkis, USM Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender…
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