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…

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…

An Interview with Jill Stein: Russian conspiracies, Ranked Choice Voting, and the Future of Democracy

Last week, former Green party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein visited Augusta for the Maine Greens Convention, where she thanked her supporters for "leading the charge" on progressive issues like food sovereignty, ranked choice voting, climate change, and the legalization of marijuana. She opened her speech by spurring the crowd to "keep fighting the neoliberal assault" and encouraging others to vote on values instead of fear.  Stein spoke with The Phoenix ahead of her Maine visit…

Amid Referendum Push, Fair Rent Portland Explains the Difference Between 'Rent Control' and 'Rent Stabilization'

Over the last five years, Portland rents have increased by 40 percent. Meanwhile, income has barely moved. The Portland Press Herald reported on Fair Rent Portland earlier this week ["Portland citizens group seeks referendum on rent control, other tenant protections," by Randy Billings], blurring the distinction between the "rent control" and "rent stabilization." Fair Rent Portland says the latter more aptly describes their mission, which distinguishes it from failed measures (in New York City and…

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…
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