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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…

Bana Mboka in Portland — How Three Congolese Artists Sustain A Movement

David Mayestro recounts in striking detail the moment he first stood on the Maine coast. He was at the SMCC campus to inquire about English courses and decided to take a stroll along the campus boardwalk.“I saw a film unravel in my mind right there,” he says, describing a scene of Congolese sapeurs strutting along the sandy beach, their vibrant dress a splash of color against the muted blue and evergreen backdrop. A self-proclaimed artist…

Clean Energy: Too Expensive? Or Our Only Choice?

In order to spare future generations the devastating environmental and health effects of climate change, many scientists say we must stop using virtually all fossil fuels by 2050. If you think that’s a tall order, it is, but several cities across the U.S. — like San Diego, Burlington, and Aspen (as well as big corporations like Apple, Google, and Coca Cola) have stepped up to the plate and pledged to cut fossil fuels from their…

Trump(Don't)Care: How the AHCA Should Reinvigorate the Push For Universal Health Care

It’s a stretch to say the firing of FBI director James Comey and Trump’s declassification of sensitive information to Russia are stratagems meant to distract you from the AHCA. But in case it’s having that effect, let’s gloss over the brutality in store for Americans if TrumpCare passes the Senate. In simple terms, the American Health Care Act would position Mainers and Americans vulnerable to a health care system that could be so inaccessible that…

BobbyWasabi Goes Pro: A Teenage Portland Gamer's Quest for Glory and Riches

Soccer moms load their kids in minivans, encouraging their dreams of going pro. Dads pace or squirm nervously on sidelines or in the stands. High school coaches steer young athletes toward playing sports in college or beyond. But while competitive sports can be their own reward, those seeking big money for their efforts often do so in vain. Statistics show that very few traditional athletes that play in high school continue onto college or pro…

'That Distant Holla': Daniel Minter and the Abyssinian Meeting House

Munjoy Hill is changing. Single-family homes that have stood for generations are being demolished and replaced with condos. Historically cheap rents and regional dialects are being replaced with nearly inaccessibly expensive housing and a vernacular of American English with much less distinction. In the midst of all of the new development, there is a structure as much a part of the city’s landscape and culture as the grueling incline of the hill itself. The Abyssinian Meeting House…

The 100 Best Of Portland Winners

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT  Best Art Gallery: Portland Museum of Art   It was a year of fineness for Maine’s premier art institution. It began with a powerful six-month dedication to Maine artist and educator Duncan Hewitt and his enigmatic sculptures, showing there is always room for local art on the largest of Maine stages. Add in deep studies of WWI-era painter Georges Braque, “Women Modernists in New York” like Georgia O’Keeffe and Helen Torr, and…
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