Knate, He/They . “I’ve been a lot of things in my short lifetime. Drag, Magick, Art, Teaching, Love; they’re all an act of temperance. Great things happen in that weird liminal space, between one place and the next.” . Knate is leading QGP & @brunswicktopsham’s foraging event this weekend, which was booked in a matter of hours. Contact QGP to be added to the waitlist in case there are drops. We can’t wait to see you there! . @knatebunny
Knate, He/They . “I’ve been a lot of things in my short lifetime. Drag, Magick, Art, Teaching, Love; they’re all an act of temperance. Great things happen in that weird liminal space, between one place and the next.” . Knate is leading QGP & @brunswicktopsham’s foraging event this weekend, which was booked in a matter of hours. Contact QGP to be added to the waitlist in case there are drops. We can’t wait to see you there! . @knatebunny
Liam, He/They . "Liam, you can put on literally any outfit and be confident. you're a queer icon." --recent five-star yelp review -- “Liam (he/they) is a 35-year-old poet, musician, and visual artist. he is queer, trans/genderqueer, and demisexual. he is polyamorous and has two lovely longterm partners. he will always be one of the best listeners you know. liam's art, and his gentle boldness, challenges the status quo. liam's work explores gender and queerness, classism, mental health, the sacred and the profane, the painful sweetness of love, the dimensions of desire, and the tempting shadow sides of religion and human nature. liam has a tendency to be mischievous; his loved ones have a term, "Liam'ing," for when he is trying to convince them that there are 15 types of metal that legally must be used in building treeforts. liam's debut poetry chapbook, EVERY DAY A DIFFERENT DAREDEVIL, is available through @LUPERCALIApress (2021).” . @broverwhelming
Liam, He/They . "Liam, you can put on literally any outfit and be confident. you're a queer icon." --recent five-star yelp review -- “Liam (he/they) is a 35-year-old poet, musician, and visual artist. he is queer, trans/genderqueer, and demisexual. he is polyamorous and has two lovely longterm partners. he will always be one of the best listeners you know. liam's art, and his gentle boldness, challenges the status quo. liam's work explores gender and queerness, classism, mental health, the sacred and the profane, the painful sweetness of love, the dimensions of desire, and the tempting shadow sides of religion and human nature. liam has a tendency to be mischievous; his loved ones have a term, "Liam'ing," for when he is trying to convince them that there are 15 types of metal that legally must be used in building treeforts. liam's debut poetry chapbook, EVERY DAY A DIFFERENT DAREDEVIL, is available through @LUPERCALIApress (2021).” . @broverwhelming
Lindsey, She/Her is a burlesque performer and performance artist. She moved to Maine in 2016 after traveling around Asia, Europe & living in New Orleans. . “I finally feel at home in Portland. After years of struggling with my identity. I feel that I’m finally surrounded by a loving supporting community who give me the strength and courage to be myself & explore who I am.” . @mystiqueburlesque
Lindsey, She/Her is a burlesque performer and performance artist. She moved to Maine in 2016 after traveling around Asia, Europe & living in New Orleans. . “I finally feel at home in Portland. After years of struggling with my identity. I feel that I’m finally surrounded by a loving supporting community who give me the strength and courage to be myself & explore who I am.” . @mystiqueburlesque
Jaime, He/Him . "I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be happy and connected. I keep struggling with certain ideas, like the feeling that I need to be constantly productive, or that I have to meet a certain aesthetic or professional standard to have value.  I've worked hard over the years to unlearn those ideas, and I take extra care not to believe those things about others... but it's especially hard to unlearn those things in reference to myself.  I'm gonna continue working on accepting my 'flaws', probably for the rest of my life, but I am finding that work a lot more tolerable when I move through it with community.  As long as you have compassion, lead authentically with love and are doing your best, you're flawless. ✨ I think, anyway." . @wingedprints @jaimewing
Jaime, He/Him . "I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be happy and connected. I keep struggling with certain ideas, like the feeling that I need to be constantly productive, or that I have to meet a certain aesthetic or professional standard to have value. I've worked hard over the years to unlearn those ideas, and I take extra care not to believe those things about others... but it's especially hard to unlearn those things in reference to myself. I'm gonna continue working on accepting my 'flaws', probably for the rest of my life, but I am finding that work a lot more tolerable when I move through it with community. As long as you have compassion, lead authentically with love and are doing your best, you're flawless. ✨ I think, anyway." . @wingedprints @jaimewing
Joey, She/They . “Life sucks a lot of the time for me, but hey it’s gonna look great in my autobiography one day.” . @famished_supermodel
Joey, She/They . “Life sucks a lot of the time for me, but hey it’s gonna look great in my autobiography one day.” . @famished_supermodel
Mount Blue State Park Campground, September 17th-19th 2021
Mount Blue State Park Campground, September 17th-19th 2021
Tadin, He/Him . “It took me a long time to understand and feel confident expressing my queer identify. As a cis man who presents fairly masc, I often felt uncomfortable with what being a man was supposed to look like a according to society. Eventually I realized I could express my feminine side and could wear clothing that reflected that, and that wouldn't make me less of a man. I feel very grateful for the community around me that's supported me throughout my life. I still have a long way to go but getting better every day." . @bigbrowngoat
Tadin, He/Him . “It took me a long time to understand and feel confident expressing my queer identify. As a cis man who presents fairly masc, I often felt uncomfortable with what being a man was supposed to look like a according to society. Eventually I realized I could express my feminine side and could wear clothing that reflected that, and that wouldn't make me less of a man. I feel very grateful for the community around me that's supported me throughout my life. I still have a long way to go but getting better every day." . @bigbrowngoat
Lauren, They/Them & Shaun, She/Her . Shaun: “‘We are pow­er­ful because we have sur­vived, and that is what it is all about- sur­vival and growth.’  ― Audre Lorde  There have been times in my life I haven’t had a voice. Powerlessness at the hands of others. I have had my own journey reclaiming my voice, my autonomy, my agency, and my power. I am a survivor! I get to choose today - One of the choices I make each day, is to work for a social justice agency that holds space for survivors of gender based violence. Empowering others to find their voices and their power.  I am a proud queer from Maine!” . Lauren: “~I didn't choose the priest life, the priest life chose me~ There's a saying the we should be the people we never had as a kid. That's one part of why I live visibly as a Queer, Transgender non-binary faith leader. I live visibly for those who can't, for those who are finding their way, for those who need to see someone like me in a position like this to help them believe they are valid, worthy, and loved. God loves you! And so do I. And if you aren't into God, that's cool, we still love you. Let's grab coffee and talk about all the things. Especially if you're into justice and making the world a better place for all that finds home in this world we live in!” . @nothingisamistake @rovingrev
Lauren, They/Them & Shaun, She/Her . Shaun: “‘We are pow­er­ful because we have sur­vived, and that is what it is all about- sur­vival and growth.’ ― Audre Lorde There have been times in my life I haven’t had a voice. Powerlessness at the hands of others. I have had my own journey reclaiming my voice, my autonomy, my agency, and my power. I am a survivor! I get to choose today - One of the choices I make each day, is to work for a social justice agency that holds space for survivors of gender based violence. Empowering others to find their voices and their power. I am a proud queer from Maine!” . Lauren: “~I didn't choose the priest life, the priest life chose me~ There's a saying the we should be the people we never had as a kid. That's one part of why I live visibly as a Queer, Transgender non-binary faith leader. I live visibly for those who can't, for those who are finding their way, for those who need to see someone like me in a position like this to help them believe they are valid, worthy, and loved. God loves you! And so do I. And if you aren't into God, that's cool, we still love you. Let's grab coffee and talk about all the things. Especially if you're into justice and making the world a better place for all that finds home in this world we live in!” . @nothingisamistake @rovingrev
Ryn, She/They . “When things feel imbalanced, I go to the ocean. I watch the trees. My therapist says I should take myself out on dates, so I’ve been driving along the coast, stopping anywhere with a scenic view, and drinking bubbly water infused with hemp or CBD. I’m not sure if it calms me or if it’s placebo, but does it really matter? I just moved to Portland a month ago and I’m feeling grounded.  …  I’m also learning how to skateboard so queer skaters wya 👀” . @ryncurnan
Ryn, She/They . “When things feel imbalanced, I go to the ocean. I watch the trees. My therapist says I should take myself out on dates, so I’ve been driving along the coast, stopping anywhere with a scenic view, and drinking bubbly water infused with hemp or CBD. I’m not sure if it calms me or if it’s placebo, but does it really matter? I just moved to Portland a month ago and I’m feeling grounded. … I’m also learning how to skateboard so queer skaters wya 👀” . @ryncurnan
Michael Donovan, He/Him . “I’ve lived in South Portland for the last 20 years and I have been fortunate enough to be a part of an amazing theater community, with theaters within a few streets of each other. South Portland is home to two venerable community theaters, Lyric Music Theater and The Portland Players. Community theater has given me many opportunities and I am thankful. But like all theaters, and the arts in general, the pandemic has hit hard. With my home theater, The Portland Players, it has been sixteen plus months of no income. But hopefully, all local arts organizations will be able to keep going and continue to bring art, theater, music and dance to our wonderful city. Please, donate to your favorite local creative groups and keep the community rich with the arts!!” . @michaeldonovan1973
Michael Donovan, He/Him . “I’ve lived in South Portland for the last 20 years and I have been fortunate enough to be a part of an amazing theater community, with theaters within a few streets of each other. South Portland is home to two venerable community theaters, Lyric Music Theater and The Portland Players. Community theater has given me many opportunities and I am thankful. But like all theaters, and the arts in general, the pandemic has hit hard. With my home theater, The Portland Players, it has been sixteen plus months of no income. But hopefully, all local arts organizations will be able to keep going and continue to bring art, theater, music and dance to our wonderful city. Please, donate to your favorite local creative groups and keep the community rich with the arts!!” . @michaeldonovan1973
Baxter State Park, August 20th-22nd 2021
Baxter State Park, August 20th-22nd 2021
Lauren, she/her . “I think the most magical intersection is the queer community and the outdoor community. For me, the outdoors has been a space of acceptance and affirmation, helped me find my people, and develop a sense of independence and self-sufficiency.  Sadly, there can be a lot of gatekeeping in the outdoor community, but I'm deeply inspired by figures and accounts like @pattiegonia and @unlikelyhikers who are changing the public narrative of "who gets outside" and what that looks like.” . @laurenkdownes
Lauren, she/her . “I think the most magical intersection is the queer community and the outdoor community. For me, the outdoors has been a space of acceptance and affirmation, helped me find my people, and develop a sense of independence and self-sufficiency. Sadly, there can be a lot of gatekeeping in the outdoor community, but I'm deeply inspired by figures and accounts like @pattiegonia and @unlikelyhikers who are changing the public narrative of "who gets outside" and what that looks like.” . @laurenkdownes
Kai, They/Them . “I moved to Millinocket in early 2018 after my little one was born and had to hide my queerness for survival. I moved back the end of 2018/early 2019 and have had to navigate finding my space in the local queer community altogether again. It’s harder now that I’m a parent, I don’t have the same opportunities for outings and events. The pandemic definitely put a hold on a lot too. I officially came out as non-binary during the pandemic (and have been out as pan sexual for years) and it’s been a an interesting journey navigating that especially when I couldn’t see friends or talk to anyone. It would be nice to have more kid friendly queer friends in my circle. The biggest thing I’ve learned though regardless of everything is that I don’t owe anyone an explanation of my queerness to still be queer, I don’t need to hide who I am to still want respect, and I don’t owe anyone androgyny. Everything else is just about my happiness and keeping my little one happy and healthy.” . @mamakai__
Kai, They/Them . “I moved to Millinocket in early 2018 after my little one was born and had to hide my queerness for survival. I moved back the end of 2018/early 2019 and have had to navigate finding my space in the local queer community altogether again. It’s harder now that I’m a parent, I don’t have the same opportunities for outings and events. The pandemic definitely put a hold on a lot too. I officially came out as non-binary during the pandemic (and have been out as pan sexual for years) and it’s been a an interesting journey navigating that especially when I couldn’t see friends or talk to anyone. It would be nice to have more kid friendly queer friends in my circle. The biggest thing I’ve learned though regardless of everything is that I don’t owe anyone an explanation of my queerness to still be queer, I don’t need to hide who I am to still want respect, and I don’t owe anyone androgyny. Everything else is just about my happiness and keeping my little one happy and healthy.” . @mamakai__
Sam, She/They & Airynn, She/Her . “‘We are two hearts but with one beat. Two brains but with one thought. Two souls but with one… shoe.’ - Alfalfa” . @samibtattoos @tattoosbyairynn
Sam, She/They & Airynn, She/Her . “‘We are two hearts but with one beat. Two brains but with one thought. Two souls but with one… shoe.’ - Alfalfa” . @samibtattoos @tattoosbyairynn
Mack, They/Them . “Work hard, be kind.” . @findthetools
Mack, They/Them . “Work hard, be kind.” . @findthetools
Sam, He/Him . “Quarantine was difficult - lonely, divisive, and exhausting. But, during COVID I learned to love a little differently. I think COVID brought humanity to the front. I learned to love deeply and radically.  I was reminded of personhood, I got to meet and love my neighbors in a whole new way. I was reminded that everyone is deserving of love. Everyone. No exceptions. Hard stop.  Support your unhoused neighbors. Show compassion and love recklessly.” . @sammywol
Sam, He/Him . “Quarantine was difficult - lonely, divisive, and exhausting. But, during COVID I learned to love a little differently. I think COVID brought humanity to the front. I learned to love deeply and radically. I was reminded of personhood, I got to meet and love my neighbors in a whole new way. I was reminded that everyone is deserving of love. Everyone. No exceptions. Hard stop. Support your unhoused neighbors. Show compassion and love recklessly.” . @sammywol
Jess, She/Her . “I’ve been doing a lot of learning and unlearning about myself and who I want to be in the world. In the last year or so, I’ve gotten myself quite comfy with the fact that I am queer, polyamorous, and definitely still a work in progress.. which is totally okay, because I get to make my own timeline in life. I have an adorable polycule and I feel immensely lucky to surround myself with so many lovely people. I took time during quarantine to get certified as a realtor, and I’m excited to be in a “professional” career where I can still have purple hair and swear a lot in front of clients (hit me up on @jessgrayrealtor if you need a sassy queer pro who will work exceptionally hard for you). I’m just trying every day to be authentic and loving, to others AND to myself. And I’m also doing things like baking all the time, questing for tiny Miller High Life bottles, and trying to force my dog to snuggle with me. TL;DR Life is a lot but it can be pretty lovely sometimes.” . @uhhhhhhokaybye @jessgrayrealtor
Jess, She/Her . “I’ve been doing a lot of learning and unlearning about myself and who I want to be in the world. In the last year or so, I’ve gotten myself quite comfy with the fact that I am queer, polyamorous, and definitely still a work in progress.. which is totally okay, because I get to make my own timeline in life. I have an adorable polycule and I feel immensely lucky to surround myself with so many lovely people. I took time during quarantine to get certified as a realtor, and I’m excited to be in a “professional” career where I can still have purple hair and swear a lot in front of clients (hit me up on @jessgrayrealtor if you need a sassy queer pro who will work exceptionally hard for you). I’m just trying every day to be authentic and loving, to others AND to myself. And I’m also doing things like baking all the time, questing for tiny Miller High Life bottles, and trying to force my dog to snuggle with me. TL;DR Life is a lot but it can be pretty lovely sometimes.” . @uhhhhhhokaybye @jessgrayrealtor
Swan Island, July 30th-August 1st 2021
Swan Island, July 30th-August 1st 2021
Nick, He/Him . “I have been trying to queer up any space I'm in lately, especially while at work. I think it's important to represent the community but also represent and make space for myself.” . @npierce88
Nick, He/Him . “I have been trying to queer up any space I'm in lately, especially while at work. I think it's important to represent the community but also represent and make space for myself.” . @npierce88
Mel, They/Them & Pete, He/They . Mel: “Hello, I’m new here. During the pandemic, a lot of priorities shifted for me. I left my toxic, full time job. I prioritized my health. I left NYC and moved here. And, of course, pursued making art & freelancing full time. Portland, Maine is the first place that has ever felt like home for me. I’m looking forward to planting my roots here & making new friends!” . Pete: “I feel truly blessed to live in such a welcoming community, surrounded by beautiful nature. I’m gonna be friends with everyone here.” . @mel.andrel @peat.earth 4d
Mel, They/Them & Pete, He/They . Mel: “Hello, I’m new here. During the pandemic, a lot of priorities shifted for me. I left my toxic, full time job. I prioritized my health. I left NYC and moved here. And, of course, pursued making art & freelancing full time. Portland, Maine is the first place that has ever felt like home for me. I’m looking forward to planting my roots here & making new friends!” . Pete: “I feel truly blessed to live in such a welcoming community, surrounded by beautiful nature. I’m gonna be friends with everyone here.” . @mel.andrel @peat.earth 4d
Bella (they/them) & Sasha (they/them) . “Queer caring and nurturing makes the world go round <3 Donate to Black trans folks !!!!” . @soupwithcarrots @bugsforbreakfastt 1w
Bella (they/them) & Sasha (they/them) . “Queer caring and nurturing makes the world go round <3 Donate to Black trans folks !!!!” . @soupwithcarrots @bugsforbreakfastt 1w
Chris, He/Him . “Life happens fast. It’s ok to slow down. Take naps.” . @mr.jonesing
Chris, He/Him . “Life happens fast. It’s ok to slow down. Take naps.” . @mr.jonesing
Lydia, She/Her . “I moved to Maine almost 4 years ago and have spent much of the last few years creating a positive self-love and acceptance with my identity as a bisexual woman. Though I’ve developed lovely relationships with coworkers, friends, and partners, I’d really like to find more of a home in the Maine queer community. I enjoy kickboxing, rock climbing, nature walking, coffee and cocktail drinking, Mexican food eating, and petting other people’s dogs. If any of these things sound like fun to you, I’d love to hear from ya!” . @susiecrabcake
Lydia, She/Her . “I moved to Maine almost 4 years ago and have spent much of the last few years creating a positive self-love and acceptance with my identity as a bisexual woman. Though I’ve developed lovely relationships with coworkers, friends, and partners, I’d really like to find more of a home in the Maine queer community. I enjoy kickboxing, rock climbing, nature walking, coffee and cocktail drinking, Mexican food eating, and petting other people’s dogs. If any of these things sound like fun to you, I’d love to hear from ya!” . @susiecrabcake
Chelsea, She/Her & Laura, She/Her . Chelsea: “I believe in taking risks, and that you can reinvent the path of your life- even though it’s scary to do it. My wife and I fell in love over 10 years ago- which made us change the paths we were on to create our new happy life! This spring I overcame my fears and created a plus size consignment boutique. I launched @artemisplussize, a resale shop/co-op where you can sell and buy affordable plus size thrift. The shop is going strong with diverse styles and celebrates all plus sized bodies! I’m really excited to grow on this new creative path!”  Laura: “There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value” - Jeanette Winterson . @artemisplussize. @chixxie
Chelsea, She/Her & Laura, She/Her . Chelsea: “I believe in taking risks, and that you can reinvent the path of your life- even though it’s scary to do it. My wife and I fell in love over 10 years ago- which made us change the paths we were on to create our new happy life! This spring I overcame my fears and created a plus size consignment boutique. I launched @artemisplussize, a resale shop/co-op where you can sell and buy affordable plus size thrift. The shop is going strong with diverse styles and celebrates all plus sized bodies! I’m really excited to grow on this new creative path!” Laura: “There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value” - Jeanette Winterson . @artemisplussize. @chixxie
Whitney, She/Her . “Making jelly is my newest passion.  I’ve started foraging over the past year, inspired by @blackforager. Foraging has pulled me out of the apartment during depressive episodes, taught me how to mark the changing of seasons, and how to live in balance with my surroundings. I’ve made lots of treats this year - crabapple jelly and crabapple cider vinegar (I even have a vinegar mother now!), autumn olive jam, apple butter/sauce and apple cider, pear jam, dandelion jelly, rose hip tea, pine tip syrup. Food is my love language, so foraging has also given me a way to bestow my friends and family with little reminders of my affection while we’ve been separated.” . @whitneyastanley
Whitney, She/Her . “Making jelly is my newest passion. I’ve started foraging over the past year, inspired by @blackforager. Foraging has pulled me out of the apartment during depressive episodes, taught me how to mark the changing of seasons, and how to live in balance with my surroundings. I’ve made lots of treats this year - crabapple jelly and crabapple cider vinegar (I even have a vinegar mother now!), autumn olive jam, apple butter/sauce and apple cider, pear jam, dandelion jelly, rose hip tea, pine tip syrup. Food is my love language, so foraging has also given me a way to bestow my friends and family with little reminders of my affection while we’ve been separated.” . @whitneyastanley
Owen, They/Them . “I strongly believe that most, if not all, of life’s most important lessons are eloquently conveyed through the shenanigans of Calvin and Hobbes.” . @thesunneversetsonabadass
Owen, They/Them . “I strongly believe that most, if not all, of life’s most important lessons are eloquently conveyed through the shenanigans of Calvin and Hobbes.” . @thesunneversetsonabadass
She/They . “I struggled with severe panic attacks and debilitating agoraphobia for four years after college. I was isolated and didn't see a way that things would ever get better. This month, I got my master's in clinical social work from UNE and was hired to be a therapist at a group practice in South Portland. If there's anything I can bring from my past into my current practice, it's that there is always a chance to heal, even when things seem at their most hopeless.  Moving to Portland allowed me to finally find my community, to reignite my passion for art, and to begin a career in a profession that feels like home!” . @naffkp
She/They . “I struggled with severe panic attacks and debilitating agoraphobia for four years after college. I was isolated and didn't see a way that things would ever get better. This month, I got my master's in clinical social work from UNE and was hired to be a therapist at a group practice in South Portland. If there's anything I can bring from my past into my current practice, it's that there is always a chance to heal, even when things seem at their most hopeless. Moving to Portland allowed me to finally find my community, to reignite my passion for art, and to begin a career in a profession that feels like home!” . @naffkp
Tori, She/They & Brian, He/Him . “Ryleigh is our big baby. She’s four but acts like a big puppy. We have so much fun together with her. Me and Bri were friends in high school but reconnected about two years ago and we adopted Ryleigh about four months ago. Ry Ry previously belonged to my dad & his partner Melissa. Melissa passed away in 2020 so I’m really thankful to have Ry-Ry with me. Something else I want to say is harm reduction saves lives. I am a naloxone distributor w Maine Access Points (MAP) and I hope when ever someone walks by and sees me smoking weed on the front steps and baby yodi holding narcan on the mailbox they will feel free to ask me about naloxone for themselves or their loved ones. Thank God for community , mutual aid and dogs.” . @tori_tori_stories
Tori, She/They & Brian, He/Him . “Ryleigh is our big baby. She’s four but acts like a big puppy. We have so much fun together with her. Me and Bri were friends in high school but reconnected about two years ago and we adopted Ryleigh about four months ago. Ry Ry previously belonged to my dad & his partner Melissa. Melissa passed away in 2020 so I’m really thankful to have Ry-Ry with me. Something else I want to say is harm reduction saves lives. I am a naloxone distributor w Maine Access Points (MAP) and I hope when ever someone walks by and sees me smoking weed on the front steps and baby yodi holding narcan on the mailbox they will feel free to ask me about naloxone for themselves or their loved ones. Thank God for community , mutual aid and dogs.” . @tori_tori_stories
Dax, He/Him . “I’m a social worker, I’m in recovery, I’m biracial, I’m gay, I make techno music, I’m a Pisces and my saving grace is Leo moon.  I moved to Portland from boston about five years ago, to start over. My life was out of control, and I was finally ready to try something new. I’m very grateful for all of the wonderful people I’ve met here who’ve helped me along my way.  Cancel culture is something that I have come to understand as poisonous. Having difficult, awkward, messy, in other words “honest” conversations is the only way out. When we can sit with one another and not leave till the conclusion. If love is not the conclusion, the work is not done.” . @discodungeon
Dax, He/Him . “I’m a social worker, I’m in recovery, I’m biracial, I’m gay, I make techno music, I’m a Pisces and my saving grace is Leo moon. I moved to Portland from boston about five years ago, to start over. My life was out of control, and I was finally ready to try something new. I’m very grateful for all of the wonderful people I’ve met here who’ve helped me along my way. Cancel culture is something that I have come to understand as poisonous. Having difficult, awkward, messy, in other words “honest” conversations is the only way out. When we can sit with one another and not leave till the conclusion. If love is not the conclusion, the work is not done.” . @discodungeon
Ollie, He/Him . “Loves to take any opportunity he can to adventure! Ollie is always searching for new places to explore and to enjoy others company. Creating is a very spiritual passion for him, whether it is photography, design, painting or fabric dying. He is always looking for ways to incorporate a message into his work. Activism and Social Justice are very important to him! Ollie is always ready to rally and have conversations about the ways we can all pitch in and be better allies to our communities. #BLM #TransLivesMatter #housingisahumanright #NarcanSavesLives  Currently Ollie has a Pride Pop-up of Pride Tye-Dye T-Shirts and Lighters featured on his art Instagram @ollie_mcgowan_art Please check it out!!!” . @ollie_mcgowan
Ollie, He/Him . “Loves to take any opportunity he can to adventure! Ollie is always searching for new places to explore and to enjoy others company. Creating is a very spiritual passion for him, whether it is photography, design, painting or fabric dying. He is always looking for ways to incorporate a message into his work. Activism and Social Justice are very important to him! Ollie is always ready to rally and have conversations about the ways we can all pitch in and be better allies to our communities. #BLM #TransLivesMatter #housingisahumanright #NarcanSavesLives Currently Ollie has a Pride Pop-up of Pride Tye-Dye T-Shirts and Lighters featured on his art Instagram @ollie_mcgowan_art Please check it out!!!” . @ollie_mcgowan
Jenny, She/Her . “Appreciating where I came from. Celebrating where I am. Thankful for where I’m headed 🌻” . @jenenbaum
Jenny, She/Her . “Appreciating where I came from. Celebrating where I am. Thankful for where I’m headed 🌻” . @jenenbaum
Beka, She/Her . “I’m a quintessential Libra sun, lover of all things pink, devoted Swiftie, interior designer who’s bored by your white kitchen, cat mom, aspiring roller-skater, and lifetime Acadia hiker.  I’ve been many different versions of myself. It took me 24 years, a decision to finally live for me, and the most wonderful friends I’ve ever known to find this version: the one I love the most, the one that feels the truest. I’m immensely proud to finally know that I’m a lesbian, and to be a part of this gorgeous LGBTQ+ community!  To anyone still figuring themselves out: take your time exploring the identity and/or sexuality that feels like “home” to you. And don’t forget that there’s a whole bunch of us waiting for you on the other end with open arms, whenever you’re ready 🌈”" . @bekabarski
Beka, She/Her . “I’m a quintessential Libra sun, lover of all things pink, devoted Swiftie, interior designer who’s bored by your white kitchen, cat mom, aspiring roller-skater, and lifetime Acadia hiker. I’ve been many different versions of myself. It took me 24 years, a decision to finally live for me, and the most wonderful friends I’ve ever known to find this version: the one I love the most, the one that feels the truest. I’m immensely proud to finally know that I’m a lesbian, and to be a part of this gorgeous LGBTQ+ community! To anyone still figuring themselves out: take your time exploring the identity and/or sexuality that feels like “home” to you. And don’t forget that there’s a whole bunch of us waiting for you on the other end with open arms, whenever you’re ready 🌈”" . @bekabarski
Beth and Tania Sturtevant, with their daughter Sophia.  We have been together for 31 years now! It hardly seems possible, time passes so quickly. We became parents more than 20 years ago to our daughter Sophia; best decision ever. Be sure to see Sophia’s photography @bysophiasturt and Tania’s art @threeheartstudio.
Beth and Tania Sturtevant, with their daughter Sophia. We have been together for 31 years now! It hardly seems possible, time passes so quickly. We became parents more than 20 years ago to our daughter Sophia; best decision ever. Be sure to see Sophia’s photography @bysophiasturt and Tania’s art @threeheartstudio.
"A Cancer uncomfortable in a crowd (but attending rallies), emotional AF (still working on that), & love to swim (I fall asleep with ocean sounds, & visualize the feeling of waves). Events in our world, country, & communities have made it a struggle to remain hopeful & positive, but Instagram has been a way to me to stay connected, find resources to educate myself, & support others. Watching this project grow & being able to participate in it has been a gift! May we continue to support & uplift each other & those in need!"
"A Cancer uncomfortable in a crowd (but attending rallies), emotional AF (still working on that), & love to swim (I fall asleep with ocean sounds, & visualize the feeling of waves). Events in our world, country, & communities have made it a struggle to remain hopeful & positive, but Instagram has been a way to me to stay connected, find resources to educate myself, & support others. Watching this project grow & being able to participate in it has been a gift! May we continue to support & uplift each other & those in need!"
James, He/They . “When Kyle Warnock agreed to be involved in my upcoming photo series and asked me to be involved with his in return, I was thrilled. As two very different photographers both primarily photographing queer subjects in very different ways, our meeting in real life had been quite overdue.  However, I was NOT prepared for this photoshoot. I had misunderstood the plans we made and thought that ~I~ would be shooting ~him~ on this day. Not the other way around.  I'm happy that's what happened though, because I think not having put myself in the headspace of "I'm being photographed today" until moments beforehand added an extra layer of vulnerability to shoot that might not have been there otherwise.  For me, so much of the portraiture I do is about finding beauty, power, and authenticity in those moments of vulnerability. I'm delighted with the sides of me Kyle witnessed: someone who is often a little bit flustered, typically a little bit self conscious, and usually a lot bit goofy.” . @the_third_and_only
James, He/They . “When Kyle Warnock agreed to be involved in my upcoming photo series and asked me to be involved with his in return, I was thrilled. As two very different photographers both primarily photographing queer subjects in very different ways, our meeting in real life had been quite overdue. However, I was NOT prepared for this photoshoot. I had misunderstood the plans we made and thought that ~I~ would be shooting ~him~ on this day. Not the other way around. I'm happy that's what happened though, because I think not having put myself in the headspace of "I'm being photographed today" until moments beforehand added an extra layer of vulnerability to shoot that might not have been there otherwise. For me, so much of the portraiture I do is about finding beauty, power, and authenticity in those moments of vulnerability. I'm delighted with the sides of me Kyle witnessed: someone who is often a little bit flustered, typically a little bit self conscious, and usually a lot bit goofy.” . @the_third_and_only
Devan, He/Him. . “Life is quite simply a journey of self discovery. As a young gay man who has spent most of his life in small-town Maine it took me a while to truly find “me.” To have your family and friends accept you for who you are is one thing, but to accept yourself is another. For some it can take a lifetime. I did not come dancing out of the closet. It was gradual and quite hard. I slowly peeled back the layers of repression that had built up during childhood. The more people I told the more I became comfortable. Regardless how much of a struggle it was, it was ever so worth it. This past year at home has allowed many of us to reevaluate ourselves. At this point in my life I can say that I have truly reached a point of self acceptance and love. It’s a great feeling...one that I think everyone deserves. It only took me 18 years.” . @devannewell
Devan, He/Him. . “Life is quite simply a journey of self discovery. As a young gay man who has spent most of his life in small-town Maine it took me a while to truly find “me.” To have your family and friends accept you for who you are is one thing, but to accept yourself is another. For some it can take a lifetime. I did not come dancing out of the closet. It was gradual and quite hard. I slowly peeled back the layers of repression that had built up during childhood. The more people I told the more I became comfortable. Regardless how much of a struggle it was, it was ever so worth it. This past year at home has allowed many of us to reevaluate ourselves. At this point in my life I can say that I have truly reached a point of self acceptance and love. It’s a great feeling...one that I think everyone deserves. It only took me 18 years.” . @devannewell
Ian, They/Them . “Queer is the best word to describe me, there are other more specific terms, of course, but queer encapsulates my heart more than anything else I've encountered." . @dekalldarkestarr
Ian, They/Them . “Queer is the best word to describe me, there are other more specific terms, of course, but queer encapsulates my heart more than anything else I've encountered." . @dekalldarkestarr
Eddie, He/Him. . “My parents served in the military and so, growing up, I was able to see a lot of the world. We moved a lot, and sometimes this took us overseas to other countries. People would often ask me if it was hard moving all the time. When you’re that young and moving frequently, it just becomes normal. It IS sometimes hard to leave a place or friends behind, but i think the one thing that always carried me forward was the thought that “If I didnt move, I wouldn’t have met the people that are in my life” .I wouldn’t have seen or experienced the different languages, and cultures that are out there.  You take little pieces of those places and people with you. I think traveling is incredibly important because it dispels a lot of the illusions and fears we may have of each other. Traveling shapes you, and the connections we make sometimes flesh out the details of our character. When getting to know me, you’re getting to know the echoes of friends and loved ones that I met along the way, that are very dear to my heart.  I love art, I love to create and give my imagination an outlet to tell a story. I’m a huge advocate for fitness in the context of bettering ones mental health. Exercise gives my mind and body the movement and clarity it needs to stay grounded and positive. I love horror and comedy. I dabble in Astrology and love all things occult. Traveling is important to me, in case that wasn’t apparent. I love my friends and family, including the queer ones I’ve made here in Portland. I love the Queer community of Portland and seeing them being represented through this page! Most of all, I love my raccoon husband of 10 years @grex5000 , you might have the others fooled, but i know a raccoon when i see one!” . @dimitried
Eddie, He/Him. . “My parents served in the military and so, growing up, I was able to see a lot of the world. We moved a lot, and sometimes this took us overseas to other countries. People would often ask me if it was hard moving all the time. When you’re that young and moving frequently, it just becomes normal. It IS sometimes hard to leave a place or friends behind, but i think the one thing that always carried me forward was the thought that “If I didnt move, I wouldn’t have met the people that are in my life” .I wouldn’t have seen or experienced the different languages, and cultures that are out there. You take little pieces of those places and people with you. I think traveling is incredibly important because it dispels a lot of the illusions and fears we may have of each other. Traveling shapes you, and the connections we make sometimes flesh out the details of our character. When getting to know me, you’re getting to know the echoes of friends and loved ones that I met along the way, that are very dear to my heart. I love art, I love to create and give my imagination an outlet to tell a story. I’m a huge advocate for fitness in the context of bettering ones mental health. Exercise gives my mind and body the movement and clarity it needs to stay grounded and positive. I love horror and comedy. I dabble in Astrology and love all things occult. Traveling is important to me, in case that wasn’t apparent. I love my friends and family, including the queer ones I’ve made here in Portland. I love the Queer community of Portland and seeing them being represented through this page! Most of all, I love my raccoon husband of 10 years @grex5000 , you might have the others fooled, but i know a raccoon when i see one!” . @dimitried
“Felicia, She/They, aka the nicest bitch you’ll ever meet, lesbianic. Hollie, She/Her, aka Hardcore Hollie, aka Yee-Hollie.  Here for a good time not a long time.” . @feliciaanadel @hxchollie
“Felicia, She/They, aka the nicest bitch you’ll ever meet, lesbianic. Hollie, She/Her, aka Hardcore Hollie, aka Yee-Hollie. Here for a good time not a long time.” . @feliciaanadel @hxchollie
Dylan, He/Him. . “I first moved to Maine in October of 2012, shortly after a break up. My best friend from college came with me and we temporarily hunkered down in my parent's beach house. This would turn out to be one of the first times I learned that relocating physically doesn't really solve your problems -- and maybe I wasn't ready to admit things weren't going so well within me. I only lasted here for six months. Four years and a lifetime later, I moved back to Maine circumstantially after a death in my immediate family. It's been a long journey, but I'm happy to report that things have never been better. And even though I'm not much of an "ocean person", I recognize how important it is that so much of me is water. I'm finally just thankful to be alive.” . @dna___89
Dylan, He/Him. . “I first moved to Maine in October of 2012, shortly after a break up. My best friend from college came with me and we temporarily hunkered down in my parent's beach house. This would turn out to be one of the first times I learned that relocating physically doesn't really solve your problems -- and maybe I wasn't ready to admit things weren't going so well within me. I only lasted here for six months. Four years and a lifetime later, I moved back to Maine circumstantially after a death in my immediate family. It's been a long journey, but I'm happy to report that things have never been better. And even though I'm not much of an "ocean person", I recognize how important it is that so much of me is water. I'm finally just thankful to be alive.” . @dna___89
Nicole, She/Her . "I'm a queer femme printmaker (@radicalemprints / radicalemprints.com) & freelance graphic designer. Pisces sun/Taurus moon/Leo rising. Typography nerd. Probably too earnest but what's a Pisces to do when the world is always on fire? Deeply grateful to be a part of the community of beautiful & badass printmakers at @pickwickindependentpress. Also: hang in there, friends. Queers know that our connections to each other are strong enough to get us through many storms." . @radicalemprints
Nicole, She/Her . "I'm a queer femme printmaker (@radicalemprints / radicalemprints.com) & freelance graphic designer. Pisces sun/Taurus moon/Leo rising. Typography nerd. Probably too earnest but what's a Pisces to do when the world is always on fire? Deeply grateful to be a part of the community of beautiful & badass printmakers at @pickwickindependentpress. Also: hang in there, friends. Queers know that our connections to each other are strong enough to get us through many storms." . @radicalemprints
Rebecca, She/Her. . “COVID winter was rough. Around mid-January, I couldn’t stop crying. Friends and coworkers were starting to notice. I finally worked up the energy to make a doctor’s appointment, sobbing the whole time. She started me on a new medication, saying, “We weren’t meant to be in fight or flight for this long.” Recently, I saddled up my roommate’s dog for a walk at Pleasant Hill Preserve. The air was thick and fresh. Mud pulled at our feet. We watched the birds gossip and fly below fast-moving clouds. For the first time in a while, I thought, “I’m glad I’m still here.”” . @starrrrrrrrgh
Rebecca, She/Her. . “COVID winter was rough. Around mid-January, I couldn’t stop crying. Friends and coworkers were starting to notice. I finally worked up the energy to make a doctor’s appointment, sobbing the whole time. She started me on a new medication, saying, “We weren’t meant to be in fight or flight for this long.” Recently, I saddled up my roommate’s dog for a walk at Pleasant Hill Preserve. The air was thick and fresh. Mud pulled at our feet. We watched the birds gossip and fly below fast-moving clouds. For the first time in a while, I thought, “I’m glad I’m still here.”” . @starrrrrrrrgh
Emma, They/Them (Non-Binary) . “I’ve recently realized I am becoming the person I wanted to grow up to be. I pay attention to my body in a healthy and loving way; I feel strong and confident and I dress how I want; I’m ready to take my Saturn return in stride. I never really pictured getting this far and doing this well, but here we are!” . @emmaplausible
Emma, They/Them (Non-Binary) . “I’ve recently realized I am becoming the person I wanted to grow up to be. I pay attention to my body in a healthy and loving way; I feel strong and confident and I dress how I want; I’m ready to take my Saturn return in stride. I never really pictured getting this far and doing this well, but here we are!” . @emmaplausible
Demetri, He/Him . “In quarantine I needed community more than ever. I always knew about this vibrant intersection of queer folk and extreme music. I missed going to shows and connecting with this community so badly that I decided to start the podcast to reach out and say "You're not alone, Punk!" The response has been so affirming from my queer family! And SURPRISE, the gays are very good at getting though tough times!" . @gayformetal
Demetri, He/Him . “In quarantine I needed community more than ever. I always knew about this vibrant intersection of queer folk and extreme music. I missed going to shows and connecting with this community so badly that I decided to start the podcast to reach out and say "You're not alone, Punk!" The response has been so affirming from my queer family! And SURPRISE, the gays are very good at getting though tough times!" . @gayformetal
Maya, Ey/They/She . “I'm a writer and actor based in Portland, and I am the Sexual Assault Program Coordinator for MaineTransNet. It's always nice to know that although the queer community in Maine is small, it's not as small as we think it is. Look at all the beautiful people Kyle has photographed! I have lived here since 2017 and it feels like home because of the Black people, the queer and trans people, and QTBIPOC I have the honor and privilege to be in community with. Be sure to check out @mainetransnet trans specific resources. If you'd like, you can also check out @dyinglaughing_column where my video/podcast series with my best friend @poetinthehat (they/them; based in Atlanta, GA) where we take turns talking about the representation of suicide and mental health in entertainment." . @emmdubb16
Maya, Ey/They/She . “I'm a writer and actor based in Portland, and I am the Sexual Assault Program Coordinator for MaineTransNet. It's always nice to know that although the queer community in Maine is small, it's not as small as we think it is. Look at all the beautiful people Kyle has photographed! I have lived here since 2017 and it feels like home because of the Black people, the queer and trans people, and QTBIPOC I have the honor and privilege to be in community with. Be sure to check out @mainetransnet trans specific resources. If you'd like, you can also check out @dyinglaughing_column where my video/podcast series with my best friend @poetinthehat (they/them; based in Atlanta, GA) where we take turns talking about the representation of suicide and mental health in entertainment." . @emmdubb16
Nat, She/Her . “I’m Nat. She/Her pronouns. We just moved to Portland in the fall & are looking to make some friends! I’m a photographer. I love working with people. I specialize in boudoir, portraits, engagement shoots, nudes and fine art photography. My Instagram is @natkeltonphoto.  My partner Joey (He/Him), deals in antiques & collectibles. He specializes in ephemera from the turn of the century. His Instagram is @n_j_antiques. We’d love some friends to go thrifting with or try out new coffee shops!” . @natkeltonphoto @n_j_antiques
Nat, She/Her . “I’m Nat. She/Her pronouns. We just moved to Portland in the fall & are looking to make some friends! I’m a photographer. I love working with people. I specialize in boudoir, portraits, engagement shoots, nudes and fine art photography. My Instagram is @natkeltonphoto. My partner Joey (He/Him), deals in antiques & collectibles. He specializes in ephemera from the turn of the century. His Instagram is @n_j_antiques. We’d love some friends to go thrifting with or try out new coffee shops!” . @natkeltonphoto @n_j_antiques
Laura, She/Her. . “Rediscovering, relearning, and healing myself and as a queer, polyamorous woman has been like coming up for air, my lungs burn and I’m a bit scared, but for the first time in a long time I feel totally in awe of the person I’ve become. My younger self would have never believed any of this were possible.” . @trashmum
Laura, She/Her. . “Rediscovering, relearning, and healing myself and as a queer, polyamorous woman has been like coming up for air, my lungs burn and I’m a bit scared, but for the first time in a long time I feel totally in awe of the person I’ve become. My younger self would have never believed any of this were possible.” . @trashmum
Hannie, They/Them . “Queer/LGBTQ+ people are everywhere: •taking care of you in the hospital •taking classes with you in college •helping teach them as a learning assistant •on the front page of the Scarborough Leader •fighting for Maine marshes and local ecology •crocheting hats for the local community support/outreach organizations (At least, these places are where you can find me) •everywhere else you go” . @han.chase
Hannie, They/Them . “Queer/LGBTQ+ people are everywhere: •taking care of you in the hospital •taking classes with you in college •helping teach them as a learning assistant •on the front page of the Scarborough Leader •fighting for Maine marshes and local ecology •crocheting hats for the local community support/outreach organizations (At least, these places are where you can find me) •everywhere else you go” . @han.chase
Gabrielle (She/They) . “I’m leaving Greater Portland again at the end of the summer to manifest my caretaker dreams at Yale University. In a few years I’ll finally be a midwife & nurse practitioner. I spent about 10 years to make this happen, and what I have learned along the way is that the best way to take care of others is taking care of yourself first. . Greater Portland is forever one of my homes though. It’s not ever goodbye, it’s see ya later 🌱” . @unruly_awuor
Gabrielle (She/They) . “I’m leaving Greater Portland again at the end of the summer to manifest my caretaker dreams at Yale University. In a few years I’ll finally be a midwife & nurse practitioner. I spent about 10 years to make this happen, and what I have learned along the way is that the best way to take care of others is taking care of yourself first. . Greater Portland is forever one of my homes though. It’s not ever goodbye, it’s see ya later 🌱” . @unruly_awuor
Even, He/Him. . “I've come a long way from where I started 11 years ago when I first moved to New England from Ohio at 18 fresh out of high school. Transition, marriage, divorce, PTSD , and major depression have put me through a lot but I'm still standing and taking it over breath at a time. I want to be a mentor to all the fledgling queers and witches out there who need a hand to guide them through this turbulent world.” . @scorpiuskamelot
Even, He/Him. . “I've come a long way from where I started 11 years ago when I first moved to New England from Ohio at 18 fresh out of high school. Transition, marriage, divorce, PTSD , and major depression have put me through a lot but I'm still standing and taking it over breath at a time. I want to be a mentor to all the fledgling queers and witches out there who need a hand to guide them through this turbulent world.” . @scorpiuskamelot
MINX, They/ She/ He . “Always inspired by Queen B. Making Portland feel like home as a biracial, gender fluid queer person has been a challenge. But every day I wake up and live my fantasy and you can’t tell me anything about it.” . @minx_coat
MINX, They/ She/ He . “Always inspired by Queen B. Making Portland feel like home as a biracial, gender fluid queer person has been a challenge. But every day I wake up and live my fantasy and you can’t tell me anything about it.” . @minx_coat
Clodagh, She/Her. . “At the very beginning of 2020, before all this other stuff happened, I spent some time on a farm at the border of Washington and Canada. It’s a temperate rainforest, and though it was foggy all the time, the weather was warm even in January. I wore floral dresses while I cut wood and fed the geese. It was so quiet that I couldn’t even hear the highway. They told me not to wander far without a dog at my heels. I didn’t see any bears but the young eagles were everywhere.” . @thicketthorn
Clodagh, She/Her. . “At the very beginning of 2020, before all this other stuff happened, I spent some time on a farm at the border of Washington and Canada. It’s a temperate rainforest, and though it was foggy all the time, the weather was warm even in January. I wore floral dresses while I cut wood and fed the geese. It was so quiet that I couldn’t even hear the highway. They told me not to wander far without a dog at my heels. I didn’t see any bears but the young eagles were everywhere.” . @thicketthorn
Eliza, She/Her & Susie . “Last March me and Susie moved to Maine for what I thought was going to be a short period of time, but I've recently decided to make the move more permanent. I'm in school for bioinformatics and work in software. I ❤️ food. 🌹” . @eliza.elizard
Eliza, She/Her & Susie . “Last March me and Susie moved to Maine for what I thought was going to be a short period of time, but I've recently decided to make the move more permanent. I'm in school for bioinformatics and work in software. I ❤️ food. 🌹” . @eliza.elizard
Hayli, She/Her & Ophelia, She/Her . “Since moving to rural Scarborough in 2019, we’ve missed the queerness and vibrancy of Portland. But staying at home through the pandemic has helped us make the most of this place we call home. We painted our house purple. We fly our Pride and Black Lives Matter flags along with the original Maine flag. We strive to be good landlords for the lovely people that have lived in our second unit. We build new trails in our woods to share with neighbors.  When we hear folks say that they want to keep their towns the way they are, that they don't want their perfect slice of Maine to change, that comes through our filters of being visibly queer people or being a person of color too frequently told to "go back to her country." No place is stagnant. And shouldn't we hope that places change for the better because we dared to exist there?  Scarborough is changing. Queer people have come before us. Queer people are still here. And we hope we’re queering the community to help others feel safer and bolder.” . @opxihk
Hayli, She/Her & Ophelia, She/Her . “Since moving to rural Scarborough in 2019, we’ve missed the queerness and vibrancy of Portland. But staying at home through the pandemic has helped us make the most of this place we call home. We painted our house purple. We fly our Pride and Black Lives Matter flags along with the original Maine flag. We strive to be good landlords for the lovely people that have lived in our second unit. We build new trails in our woods to share with neighbors. When we hear folks say that they want to keep their towns the way they are, that they don't want their perfect slice of Maine to change, that comes through our filters of being visibly queer people or being a person of color too frequently told to "go back to her country." No place is stagnant. And shouldn't we hope that places change for the better because we dared to exist there? Scarborough is changing. Queer people have come before us. Queer people are still here. And we hope we’re queering the community to help others feel safer and bolder.” . @opxihk
Kit Costas Reyes McCann, They/Them . “Non-binary/agender Therapist for transgender and queer youth Appalachian Trail ‘13 thru-hiker Nerd alumnus of the Maine School of Science and Math Bicoastal coast guard kid Greek roots without any culinary skills Polyamorous houseplant person Laughter enthusiast  A young person once told me I was probably made out of rainbows, and I’m pretty sure I’ve spent the entirety of my life trying to live up to that.” . @trailkit
Kit Costas Reyes McCann, They/Them . “Non-binary/agender Therapist for transgender and queer youth Appalachian Trail ‘13 thru-hiker Nerd alumnus of the Maine School of Science and Math Bicoastal coast guard kid Greek roots without any culinary skills Polyamorous houseplant person Laughter enthusiast A young person once told me I was probably made out of rainbows, and I’m pretty sure I’ve spent the entirety of my life trying to live up to that.” . @trailkit
Aly, She/Her . “When I first identified as bisexual in middle school, classmates thought I was saying it because I was an attention hog. I come to you today proudly saying; both realities are true. For those, like me, who continually struggle with imposter syndrome because you don't "fit" into the LGBTQ+ box you resonate with, you are always evolving and there can be more than one "genuine" you. Like Oscar Wilde said, ‘Be yourself, everyone else is taken.’” . @ayoungpilgrim
Aly, She/Her . “When I first identified as bisexual in middle school, classmates thought I was saying it because I was an attention hog. I come to you today proudly saying; both realities are true. For those, like me, who continually struggle with imposter syndrome because you don't "fit" into the LGBTQ+ box you resonate with, you are always evolving and there can be more than one "genuine" you. Like Oscar Wilde said, ‘Be yourself, everyone else is taken.’” . @ayoungpilgrim
Alexis, She/Her . “Finding a community and expressing myself has been one of the most liberating experiences in my adult life. Joining this project out together by @truthspeaks207 has been one of the most rewarding things I've done since moving to Portland.  Being true to myself while celebrating other community members and listening to their stories has been inspiring.  Dance Activism has allowed me to find a path to healing and reconciliation with apart of me I've long neglected.  I'm excited for my "rebirth" and to dance my way into my actualized self.” . @alexisstrain
Alexis, She/Her . “Finding a community and expressing myself has been one of the most liberating experiences in my adult life. Joining this project out together by @truthspeaks207 has been one of the most rewarding things I've done since moving to Portland. Being true to myself while celebrating other community members and listening to their stories has been inspiring. Dance Activism has allowed me to find a path to healing and reconciliation with apart of me I've long neglected. I'm excited for my "rebirth" and to dance my way into my actualized self.” . @alexisstrain
Marina, She/Her. . “I moved back to Maine to be near family. For nearly a decade, I spent more time on busses trying to get to my family than actually with them. With covid, I live within 15 minutes of so many of the people I love, and I can’t see them. When I feel isolated I take to the woods. It’s my solace from missing them.” . @boatyahd
Marina, She/Her. . “I moved back to Maine to be near family. For nearly a decade, I spent more time on busses trying to get to my family than actually with them. With covid, I live within 15 minutes of so many of the people I love, and I can’t see them. When I feel isolated I take to the woods. It’s my solace from missing them.” . @boatyahd
Audrey (she/they) and Mea (they/them) . “We’ve spent so much time in the last year together, just the two of us, between quarantines, shelter-in-place and working from home, that we’ve basically developed a secret language. And sometimes we worry that we’ll never be able to integrate back into society. We make make each other laugh everyday, we planted a bunch of garlic, and our parakeets have learned how to imitate the sounds of the oven.” . @audrexe @meastarry
Audrey (she/they) and Mea (they/them) . “We’ve spent so much time in the last year together, just the two of us, between quarantines, shelter-in-place and working from home, that we’ve basically developed a secret language. And sometimes we worry that we’ll never be able to integrate back into society. We make make each other laugh everyday, we planted a bunch of garlic, and our parakeets have learned how to imitate the sounds of the oven.” . @audrexe @meastarry
Emery, Them/They . “Mainer born and raised. Loud, queer, and definitely weird. 🤘🏼  I am currently a nursing student and work full time at a psych hospital in the adolescent unit. I absolutely love working with these teens and hope to eventually open a foster home to provide a safe queer space for teens that may have never experienced that.  In my free time, I love exploring the woods with my pup Hobbes and also training martial arts.  My gender identify has been a long exploration and I am finally beginning to feel comfortable in my own body. It’s been amazing to see so many like minded people through this project! Keep being you, fighting all the bullshit stigmas, and let your queerness thrive!! 🖤🖤” . @gauthier_em
Emery, Them/They . “Mainer born and raised. Loud, queer, and definitely weird. 🤘🏼 I am currently a nursing student and work full time at a psych hospital in the adolescent unit. I absolutely love working with these teens and hope to eventually open a foster home to provide a safe queer space for teens that may have never experienced that. In my free time, I love exploring the woods with my pup Hobbes and also training martial arts. My gender identify has been a long exploration and I am finally beginning to feel comfortable in my own body. It’s been amazing to see so many like minded people through this project! Keep being you, fighting all the bullshit stigmas, and let your queerness thrive!! 🖤🖤” . @gauthier_em
Kelli, She/Her. . “Born & raised Virginian, future civil rights lawyer, former DC transplant, doting cat mama, rookie kayaker, Dolly Parton groupie, red lipstick & red wine aficionado, and stubborn optimist.”  “To be hopeful in bad times is not being foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of competition and cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places-and there are so many-where people have behaved magnificently, it energizes us to act, and raises at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” — Howard Zinn, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress . @kellilynnm
Kelli, She/Her. . “Born & raised Virginian, future civil rights lawyer, former DC transplant, doting cat mama, rookie kayaker, Dolly Parton groupie, red lipstick & red wine aficionado, and stubborn optimist.” “To be hopeful in bad times is not being foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of competition and cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places-and there are so many-where people have behaved magnificently, it energizes us to act, and raises at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” — Howard Zinn, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress . @kellilynnm
Oronde, He/Him & Catherine, She/Her. . "This photo feels incomplete with just two of us representing Speak About It. We wish we could cram all 10 of our staff, every educator from the past ten years, and literally every human who has helped us in ways big and small into this photo. Our hearts long to see that photo: a gorgeous rainbow of folks from Portland and beyond who have shown up for this little non-profit. There are countless people who have helped build this organization and who want to build a future where inclusive, affirmative, consent and sex education is accessible to everyone, and where honest conversations about boundaries and desires are the norm.  If we did put everyone who has loved on SAI in one photo, a huge part of that photo would be Portland's queer community. We would not be here--literally the two of us would not be here in this goofy photo and Speak About It would not be here--if it weren't for the love and support that the queer community has so consistently and generously shared." . @wespeakaboutit @orcrug @grandpabuxton
Oronde, He/Him & Catherine, She/Her. . "This photo feels incomplete with just two of us representing Speak About It. We wish we could cram all 10 of our staff, every educator from the past ten years, and literally every human who has helped us in ways big and small into this photo. Our hearts long to see that photo: a gorgeous rainbow of folks from Portland and beyond who have shown up for this little non-profit. There are countless people who have helped build this organization and who want to build a future where inclusive, affirmative, consent and sex education is accessible to everyone, and where honest conversations about boundaries and desires are the norm. If we did put everyone who has loved on SAI in one photo, a huge part of that photo would be Portland's queer community. We would not be here--literally the two of us would not be here in this goofy photo and Speak About It would not be here--if it weren't for the love and support that the queer community has so consistently and generously shared." . @wespeakaboutit @orcrug @grandpabuxton
Angel, She/He. . “‘Love yourself, express yourself. Be you, do you. This world needs more love.’  I'm a small town queen with big dreams and the world is my runway.” . @a_n_g_e_lm_a_r_i_e
Angel, She/He. . “‘Love yourself, express yourself. Be you, do you. This world needs more love.’ I'm a small town queen with big dreams and the world is my runway.” . @a_n_g_e_lm_a_r_i_e
G, She/They. . “I’m still pretty introverted and camera-shy, but not as bad as before I was out. I actually smile for pictures sometimes now, which is a nice start. I think being my authentic self is really helping me come out of my shell.” . @laoshigee
G, She/They. . “I’m still pretty introverted and camera-shy, but not as bad as before I was out. I actually smile for pictures sometimes now, which is a nice start. I think being my authentic self is really helping me come out of my shell.” . @laoshigee
Meg, They/Them. . “I want to remind folks that you can explore your gender identity and/or expression at any time in your life.  For me, being a woman fit for a long time. Then, in college, womanhood felt like an itchy sweater that I couldn’t take off.  Luckily, I had a good friend talk with me about gender identity over breakfast one day. I expressed how I felt about my gender, and they offered to refer to me with they/them pronouns. It felt like they were giving me the gift of a new sweater, one that I could try on just around them to see if it felt cozy.  It felt perfect.  So, despite what the world might be telling you, you DESERVE to take the space to explore your gender identity. You deserve to find a sweater that fits.” . @meglynch108
Meg, They/Them. . “I want to remind folks that you can explore your gender identity and/or expression at any time in your life. For me, being a woman fit for a long time. Then, in college, womanhood felt like an itchy sweater that I couldn’t take off. Luckily, I had a good friend talk with me about gender identity over breakfast one day. I expressed how I felt about my gender, and they offered to refer to me with they/them pronouns. It felt like they were giving me the gift of a new sweater, one that I could try on just around them to see if it felt cozy. It felt perfect. So, despite what the world might be telling you, you DESERVE to take the space to explore your gender identity. You deserve to find a sweater that fits.” . @meglynch108
Samaa, She/Her. . “One of the whitest things about the late 1980s was Nestle's ad campaign designed to convince us that their white chocolate bars (Alpine White bars) were actual chocolate rather than the sweet wax we all knew them to be.” . @rahmah500
Samaa, She/Her. . “One of the whitest things about the late 1980s was Nestle's ad campaign designed to convince us that their white chocolate bars (Alpine White bars) were actual chocolate rather than the sweet wax we all knew them to be.” . @rahmah500
Vanessa, She/Her. . “Writer, stalwart overalls-wearer, painfully stereotypically Virgo, guacamole enthusiast, longtime vegetarian, recovering New Yorker. Culturally and culinarily Jewish, gets outside at all costs, misses commuting only for the reading time.” . @vanesspius
Vanessa, She/Her. . “Writer, stalwart overalls-wearer, painfully stereotypically Virgo, guacamole enthusiast, longtime vegetarian, recovering New Yorker. Culturally and culinarily Jewish, gets outside at all costs, misses commuting only for the reading time.” . @vanesspius
Elliot (he/him) and Annabelle (she/they) & Melon. . “Creating a community during COVID has not been easy, but living together during a pandemic is like having a slumber party with your best friend every night, which is pretty sweet." . @elliot_here. @real.miss.rumphius @mister.melon.official
Elliot (he/him) and Annabelle (she/they) & Melon. . “Creating a community during COVID has not been easy, but living together during a pandemic is like having a slumber party with your best friend every night, which is pretty sweet." . @elliot_here. @real.miss.rumphius @mister.melon.official
Amanda, She/Her. . "Before the pandemic, I had just been getting into burlesque and stand up. I really miss the feeling of being on stage, of getting to hear people laugh and cheer and know that I made someone's night better. I find being creative, writing material or coming up with numbers, helps me process the difficult events in my life as well as helps me push through the present. Right now, it's been a real uphill struggle though   I live alone so at times the past nine months have been very challenging. And I'm still trying to do the things I love, even if it looks a bit different than I was expecting it or sometimes it takes me longer because everything tires me out faster than usual. I've been writing a lot more and hope to get a few projects off the ground next year.   I want anyone struggling right now to know, especially my fellow queers with mental illness: You aren't alone. I can't promise things will get better any time soon, but I can promise you a lot of people are glad you're still here and care about you. And its ok that you need to rest more than you were before or aren't writing the next, great American novel. Take care of yourselves as best you can." . You can keep track of what Amanda is up to on Mainelymandy.com or on Instagram @mainelymandy
Amanda, She/Her. . "Before the pandemic, I had just been getting into burlesque and stand up. I really miss the feeling of being on stage, of getting to hear people laugh and cheer and know that I made someone's night better. I find being creative, writing material or coming up with numbers, helps me process the difficult events in my life as well as helps me push through the present. Right now, it's been a real uphill struggle though I live alone so at times the past nine months have been very challenging. And I'm still trying to do the things I love, even if it looks a bit different than I was expecting it or sometimes it takes me longer because everything tires me out faster than usual. I've been writing a lot more and hope to get a few projects off the ground next year. I want anyone struggling right now to know, especially my fellow queers with mental illness: You aren't alone. I can't promise things will get better any time soon, but I can promise you a lot of people are glad you're still here and care about you. And its ok that you need to rest more than you were before or aren't writing the next, great American novel. Take care of yourselves as best you can." . You can keep track of what Amanda is up to on Mainelymandy.com or on Instagram @mainelymandy
Samantha, She/Her. . "Your partner does not determine your identity. Speaking as a pansexual femme, I have had a range of different partners in terms of gender over my lifetime. Regardless of whether my long term partner is female, male, trans or non binary, I still self identify as a Queer femme woman with deep connection to the LGBTQ+ community. I hope that times evolve, more Queer folks will make more room for bisexual, pansexual and non binary humans to particpate in the community and celebrate their diversity. ❤ 🌈" .
Samantha, She/Her. . "Your partner does not determine your identity. Speaking as a pansexual femme, I have had a range of different partners in terms of gender over my lifetime. Regardless of whether my long term partner is female, male, trans or non binary, I still self identify as a Queer femme woman with deep connection to the LGBTQ+ community. I hope that times evolve, more Queer folks will make more room for bisexual, pansexual and non binary humans to particpate in the community and celebrate their diversity. ❤ 🌈" .
Ellie, She/They. . “You are where you are.” . @l.helliont
Ellie, She/They. . “You are where you are.” . @l.helliont
Hedda, She/Her. . "I'm an out of work, roller derby athlete who is staying busy with side gigs while finding creative ways to keep fit and finding joy in the mundane. Current mantra: 'Be Strong, Eat Food, Be Kind, Make Fire'.” . @heddaflame
Hedda, She/Her. . "I'm an out of work, roller derby athlete who is staying busy with side gigs while finding creative ways to keep fit and finding joy in the mundane. Current mantra: 'Be Strong, Eat Food, Be Kind, Make Fire'.” . @heddaflame
Emilia, She/Her. . “Hii I’m from Maine but new to Portland. Looking for buddies and people to make art with, weather permitting. Lately I’ve been really into paper mache but I love lots of stuff. Talk to me @emicgee”
Emilia, She/Her. . “Hii I’m from Maine but new to Portland. Looking for buddies and people to make art with, weather permitting. Lately I’ve been really into paper mache but I love lots of stuff. Talk to me @emicgee”
Dylan, He/Him . “This duel type Pokémon (fairy / steel) utilizes many Art attacks, but can be trained to learn any move set! Partnered to maggie(they/them) ghost type. You can likely catch him dispensing art supplies on Congress st in exchange for cheezits.” . @dylan_de_kantzow
Dylan, He/Him . “This duel type Pokémon (fairy / steel) utilizes many Art attacks, but can be trained to learn any move set! Partnered to maggie(they/them) ghost type. You can likely catch him dispensing art supplies on Congress st in exchange for cheezits.” . @dylan_de_kantzow
Nathan D. MacDonald, He/Him. . “My dream: I drive home with my husky on a rainy spring day after running to a bakery/café for brunch items (Gay, I know 😛). I open the door of my home and the husky runs in to greet my partner, I follow shortly behind to ensure they have enough time to say hello to the pup before I arrive so he can give me a non-dog distracted welcome home. We enter the house rummage through our haul of pastries and caffeine and pair them with the substantive food my husband has cooked. We sit down at the kitchen island and profess how much we missed each other during the 20 minutes we spent apart. After eating we each putter around the home and do some work for our various jobs. He makes calls and answers emails booking new clients, while I check in with my campaign team and policy board to ensure my renewable energy bill has the votes to pass and I am set for re-election, running unopposed. Later, we retire to the fireplace in our living room (my partner is always cold and the romance of a fire place?👌🏼). We watch Planet Earth while my Maine Coon cat lies on my lap. The world is still turbulent, but we’re at least fighting the good fight, and enjoying the time we get to spend with one another, taking nothing for granted.  Disclaimer: the role of my partner in this dream has already been filled by the lovely photographer who took these photos.” . @innateadventure
Nathan D. MacDonald, He/Him. . “My dream: I drive home with my husky on a rainy spring day after running to a bakery/café for brunch items (Gay, I know 😛). I open the door of my home and the husky runs in to greet my partner, I follow shortly behind to ensure they have enough time to say hello to the pup before I arrive so he can give me a non-dog distracted welcome home. We enter the house rummage through our haul of pastries and caffeine and pair them with the substantive food my husband has cooked. We sit down at the kitchen island and profess how much we missed each other during the 20 minutes we spent apart. After eating we each putter around the home and do some work for our various jobs. He makes calls and answers emails booking new clients, while I check in with my campaign team and policy board to ensure my renewable energy bill has the votes to pass and I am set for re-election, running unopposed. Later, we retire to the fireplace in our living room (my partner is always cold and the romance of a fire place?👌🏼). We watch Planet Earth while my Maine Coon cat lies on my lap. The world is still turbulent, but we’re at least fighting the good fight, and enjoying the time we get to spend with one another, taking nothing for granted. Disclaimer: the role of my partner in this dream has already been filled by the lovely photographer who took these photos.” . @innateadventure
Rexy, Any Pronoun. . “Being queer has always been part of my identity, whether or not I was fully aware of it. Growing up, I absolutely didn’t feel like one of the girls, but was never truly one of the boys- it’s a tough and confusing place to be in, especially when you dont have the vocabulary to express it, or role models to help you navigate it. My hope is always to reach young people that might be questioning how they fit in- if they hear my music or see me and think, “oh! I don’t have to be type A, or type B, I can be like that person!” then hopefully I’ve effected them in some positive way. Dress how you want, be yourself, life is short." . @rexydinosaur
Rexy, Any Pronoun. . “Being queer has always been part of my identity, whether or not I was fully aware of it. Growing up, I absolutely didn’t feel like one of the girls, but was never truly one of the boys- it’s a tough and confusing place to be in, especially when you dont have the vocabulary to express it, or role models to help you navigate it. My hope is always to reach young people that might be questioning how they fit in- if they hear my music or see me and think, “oh! I don’t have to be type A, or type B, I can be like that person!” then hopefully I’ve effected them in some positive way. Dress how you want, be yourself, life is short." . @rexydinosaur
Noah Krell (he/him), Dani Fazio (she/her), and Jacob Krueger (he/him) are three of the four queer-identifying providers, who along with two other allied therapists offer LGBTQIA+ affirming mental health, recovery, and spiritual care at Therapy For The People.  “We opened our doors at 57 Exchange Street in Portland/occupied Wabanaki Confederacy territory just five weeks before the pandemic forced us to close them to in-person sessions. It felt devastating at first, but also created the space for us to be resourceful, flexible, and adaptive. We’ve been using telehealth exclusively since March, and are constantly in awe at the resilience shown by the folx we work with, as we all navigate these new realities. Our primary goal for creating Therapy For The People, was to center our work within the queer community and provide support to folx in their personal experiences of healing and self-understanding. In addition to being a place for clients, Therapy For The People is also a vibrant co-working space for therapists who want to work in private practice and have the experience of community, peer relationships, and business support. We’re hopeful that as we grow, more therapists and healers will come and join us.” . @therapyforthepeople_ TherapyForThePeople.org
Noah Krell (he/him), Dani Fazio (she/her), and Jacob Krueger (he/him) are three of the four queer-identifying providers, who along with two other allied therapists offer LGBTQIA+ affirming mental health, recovery, and spiritual care at Therapy For The People. “We opened our doors at 57 Exchange Street in Portland/occupied Wabanaki Confederacy territory just five weeks before the pandemic forced us to close them to in-person sessions. It felt devastating at first, but also created the space for us to be resourceful, flexible, and adaptive. We’ve been using telehealth exclusively since March, and are constantly in awe at the resilience shown by the folx we work with, as we all navigate these new realities. Our primary goal for creating Therapy For The People, was to center our work within the queer community and provide support to folx in their personal experiences of healing and self-understanding. In addition to being a place for clients, Therapy For The People is also a vibrant co-working space for therapists who want to work in private practice and have the experience of community, peer relationships, and business support. We’re hopeful that as we grow, more therapists and healers will come and join us.” . @therapyforthepeople_ TherapyForThePeople.org
Jocelyn, She/They . “An Aries with a Capricorn moon, an artist, and queer. My main areas of focus right now are transgressing heteronormative spaces, in and outside of myself, to queer white supremist delusion, heteronormative conditioning, time, and space, as well as sexuality and gender. I am in graduate school and moving into writing and performing a thesis that intersects academia and art. I am also running for City Council in South Portland! My platform is focused on dismantling whiteness within myself, first and foremost, and at the public service and local government level. I will work to do that regardless of whether I get elected or not because now is the time. Black Lives Matter, Black Trans Lives Matter, and the work is not over, it will never be for white people. We need to continue to show up and do real work.” . @jocelyn_eleanor
Jocelyn, She/They . “An Aries with a Capricorn moon, an artist, and queer. My main areas of focus right now are transgressing heteronormative spaces, in and outside of myself, to queer white supremist delusion, heteronormative conditioning, time, and space, as well as sexuality and gender. I am in graduate school and moving into writing and performing a thesis that intersects academia and art. I am also running for City Council in South Portland! My platform is focused on dismantling whiteness within myself, first and foremost, and at the public service and local government level. I will work to do that regardless of whether I get elected or not because now is the time. Black Lives Matter, Black Trans Lives Matter, and the work is not over, it will never be for white people. We need to continue to show up and do real work.” . @jocelyn_eleanor
Crystal, She/Her & Marquise, He/Him . “One year my mom decided to grow sunflowers in the vegetable garden. She didn't plan on eating the seeds or using them in any way, she just wanted to watch something beautiful grow without any expectations. The following summer, I found a little sunflower stalk growing in the gutter outside my second story window. It thrived in that odd and unexpected place against the odds, growing over three feet tall. How it got there, no clue, but it made me smile with its tenacity and will to live in that difficult place. 2020 has been a gutter year (I'm sure many can agree) but I'm still finding ways to grow and thrive like my surprise sunflower.” . @crystallikearock
Crystal, She/Her & Marquise, He/Him . “One year my mom decided to grow sunflowers in the vegetable garden. She didn't plan on eating the seeds or using them in any way, she just wanted to watch something beautiful grow without any expectations. The following summer, I found a little sunflower stalk growing in the gutter outside my second story window. It thrived in that odd and unexpected place against the odds, growing over three feet tall. How it got there, no clue, but it made me smile with its tenacity and will to live in that difficult place. 2020 has been a gutter year (I'm sure many can agree) but I'm still finding ways to grow and thrive like my surprise sunflower.” . @crystallikearock
Landon, He/Him. . “I read 73 books during quarantine, I’m at 109 so far this year. I still don’t feel like I’m reading enough. There are so many books out there sometimes I get stressed about how I’ll never get to them all. I’m an English teacher too, so I live and breathe books. Being queer, transgender, and a teacher has been an odd experience but thankfully one filled with love and support from my students. This year has been ultra stressful for everyone. As an introvert I’ve loved spending so much time alone with my dog Wiggles but I’m glad to see students again. Even when I’m stressed about everything at least I can say I’ve read over 100 books this year, right?” . @landokrando
Landon, He/Him. . “I read 73 books during quarantine, I’m at 109 so far this year. I still don’t feel like I’m reading enough. There are so many books out there sometimes I get stressed about how I’ll never get to them all. I’m an English teacher too, so I live and breathe books. Being queer, transgender, and a teacher has been an odd experience but thankfully one filled with love and support from my students. This year has been ultra stressful for everyone. As an introvert I’ve loved spending so much time alone with my dog Wiggles but I’m glad to see students again. Even when I’m stressed about everything at least I can say I’ve read over 100 books this year, right?” . @landokrando
Celeste, She/Her • “No amount of applause or attention is going to make you feel the validation you’re seeking from within yourself.” • @celsty
Celeste, She/Her • “No amount of applause or attention is going to make you feel the validation you’re seeking from within yourself.” • @celsty
Donovan, They/Them. . A very Queer birthday shoot. . @their_grace @dzh_art
Donovan, They/Them. . A very Queer birthday shoot. . @their_grace @dzh_art
Flo (she/her) is a dentist at Great Falls in Auburn and Donna (she/her) is a librarian-turned-housewife. They live in the Rosemont neighborhood of Portland with their two labs, Maybellene and Montgomery.  Flo: "Building and being part of my communities is important to me. I'm on the board of EqualityMaine to support my queer community. And for my people of color community, I started a monthly networking happy hour, Fourth Fridays (@fourthfridayme). When covid put a pause on that, I began a weekly podcast/talk show on WMPG, In the Pocket (@in_the_pocket_wmpg). It features artists and activists sharing their narrative on art, culture, activism, and living as people of color in Maine."  Donna: "Sometimes it is hard for me to just straight up call myself a housewife. The connotations haven't always been great. But in the context of a queer relationship, we have already freed ourselves from some of the burdens of the patriarchy. Why not this one? My greatest loves include cooking, gardening, baking, dedicated volunteer work, and caring for my wife and our sweet dogs. If we can arrange our lives to make this my job, why not do it? It takes some trust and some sacrifice on both our parts, but in the end we both have a better life for it." . @the.flo.edwards, @maybelleneinmaine
Flo (she/her) is a dentist at Great Falls in Auburn and Donna (she/her) is a librarian-turned-housewife. They live in the Rosemont neighborhood of Portland with their two labs, Maybellene and Montgomery. Flo: "Building and being part of my communities is important to me. I'm on the board of EqualityMaine to support my queer community. And for my people of color community, I started a monthly networking happy hour, Fourth Fridays (@fourthfridayme). When covid put a pause on that, I began a weekly podcast/talk show on WMPG, In the Pocket (@in_the_pocket_wmpg). It features artists and activists sharing their narrative on art, culture, activism, and living as people of color in Maine." Donna: "Sometimes it is hard for me to just straight up call myself a housewife. The connotations haven't always been great. But in the context of a queer relationship, we have already freed ourselves from some of the burdens of the patriarchy. Why not this one? My greatest loves include cooking, gardening, baking, dedicated volunteer work, and caring for my wife and our sweet dogs. If we can arrange our lives to make this my job, why not do it? It takes some trust and some sacrifice on both our parts, but in the end we both have a better life for it." . @the.flo.edwards, @maybelleneinmaine
Erika, She/Her . “Rooted in southern Appalachia but grounded in Maine. Farmer turned witchy woo law student. My plan is to rewrite justice through practicing accessible family law for the queer and trans community. Until then I’m growing a lot of herbs, making stews, doing face masks, and annotating case law as the next Queer Witch Elle Woods.” . @farmerfemmeesq
Erika, She/Her . “Rooted in southern Appalachia but grounded in Maine. Farmer turned witchy woo law student. My plan is to rewrite justice through practicing accessible family law for the queer and trans community. Until then I’m growing a lot of herbs, making stews, doing face masks, and annotating case law as the next Queer Witch Elle Woods.” . @farmerfemmeesq
Lana, She/Her. . Drummer in @caveboymusic Graphics/posters @heyposterlady Co-being to Django @misterbabyboi_xoxo  Born and raised in Montreal, Canada.  Can be seen wearing backwards hats, drinking coffee/eating ice cream on stoops, rollerblading, building IKEA furniture, and delivering (your) groceries.  New(ish) in town and only just beginning to discover the vibrant queer community here in Portland. Thanks for welcoming me with open arms!” . @lanadelcoonster
Lana, She/Her. . Drummer in @caveboymusic Graphics/posters @heyposterlady Co-being to Django @misterbabyboi_xoxo Born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Can be seen wearing backwards hats, drinking coffee/eating ice cream on stoops, rollerblading, building IKEA furniture, and delivering (your) groceries. New(ish) in town and only just beginning to discover the vibrant queer community here in Portland. Thanks for welcoming me with open arms!” . @lanadelcoonster
Britt, She/Her. . “I’m a lawyer by day. My work focuses on power-based personal violence and discrimination, so it can be really heavy. I needed something tactile to help reduce my anxiety. I started making aromatherapy relaxation dough. I recently began sharing the dough with others through my company Birch & Grey Co. Initally I felt really vulnerable about stepping so far outside of my comfort zone, but I have fallen in love with the process of making and sharing something that brings people simple joy.” . You can find Birch & Grey Co. here @birchandgreyco
Britt, She/Her. . “I’m a lawyer by day. My work focuses on power-based personal violence and discrimination, so it can be really heavy. I needed something tactile to help reduce my anxiety. I started making aromatherapy relaxation dough. I recently began sharing the dough with others through my company Birch & Grey Co. Initally I felt really vulnerable about stepping so far outside of my comfort zone, but I have fallen in love with the process of making and sharing something that brings people simple joy.” . You can find Birch & Grey Co. here @birchandgreyco
Brian Thuotte, He/Him & Elliot Roy, He/Him  Elliot - “We both grew up in the area and have lived here most our lives. We now live in Hollis with our 4 dogs. Over the years we've volunteered with Pride and EQ Maine. I habe also preformed on stage as his alter ego, Alexis Von Vandertramp. Brian worked most of the quarantine, and I just became a really good house husband. I also worked on my sewing and baking skills! Mostly got through it by staying busy with projects.” . @elliot680 @alexisvonv
Brian Thuotte, He/Him & Elliot Roy, He/Him Elliot - “We both grew up in the area and have lived here most our lives. We now live in Hollis with our 4 dogs. Over the years we've volunteered with Pride and EQ Maine. I habe also preformed on stage as his alter ego, Alexis Von Vandertramp. Brian worked most of the quarantine, and I just became a really good house husband. I also worked on my sewing and baking skills! Mostly got through it by staying busy with projects.” . @elliot680 @alexisvonv
Ricky, They/Them.  Ricky is a thespian at the local Theaters of Portland and South Portland. Life without Theater has been challenging for them, but they find solice in other creative outlets: piano, singing, dance. Since COVID, they have started voice acting and hope to continue acting in a plethora of different ways! .
Ricky, They/Them. Ricky is a thespian at the local Theaters of Portland and South Portland. Life without Theater has been challenging for them, but they find solice in other creative outlets: piano, singing, dance. Since COVID, they have started voice acting and hope to continue acting in a plethora of different ways! .
Dani Graham, She/Her.  Electrical designer/Artist/Illustrator. @artofdanigraham  “Just another fruit loop in a world of Cheerios.”
Dani Graham, She/Her. Electrical designer/Artist/Illustrator. @artofdanigraham “Just another fruit loop in a world of Cheerios.”
Kyle, He/Him. . “Live your life as you had imagined.” . @beamazing0123
Kyle, He/Him. . “Live your life as you had imagined.” . @beamazing0123
VIVA she/her . “All I know for certain is that I have this moment, however long it lasts, and I have my values. After that, the rest comes naturally.” . @seevivasing
VIVA she/her . “All I know for certain is that I have this moment, however long it lasts, and I have my values. After that, the rest comes naturally.” . @seevivasing
Mars, They/Them & Gabe, They/They. . “We identify as platonic life partners! Different displays of love, healthy commitment, and chosen families are love languages of our generation that we really embrace. Becoming roommates at the beginning of quarantine really solidified the importance of creating intentional spaces for processing and healing. We’re so grateful to have our home, animals, each other and our extended queer bubble.“ . @oatmilkmaiden_
Mars, They/Them & Gabe, They/They. . “We identify as platonic life partners! Different displays of love, healthy commitment, and chosen families are love languages of our generation that we really embrace. Becoming roommates at the beginning of quarantine really solidified the importance of creating intentional spaces for processing and healing. We’re so grateful to have our home, animals, each other and our extended queer bubble.“ . @oatmilkmaiden_
Bee, They/Them. . “artist/activist/attorney and recently retired politician. 1/2 of BeeTree (video for our first single, “ghouls,” at https://youtu.be/v0gBEKB_r5g and song available on Spotify/iTunes). volunteer organizer with @peoplefirstptld. emerging watercolor portrait artist, available for commissions. solo legal practitioner working on criminal defense, family law, and public accommodations discrimination.  i’m trying to be gentle about creating a path through all this chaos and isolation, but i’d honestly much rather be in a kiddie pool full of glitter at a MESH show.” . @bumbl3beekay
Bee, They/Them. . “artist/activist/attorney and recently retired politician. 1/2 of BeeTree (video for our first single, “ghouls,” at https://youtu.be/v0gBEKB_r5g and song available on Spotify/iTunes). volunteer organizer with @peoplefirstptld. emerging watercolor portrait artist, available for commissions. solo legal practitioner working on criminal defense, family law, and public accommodations discrimination. i’m trying to be gentle about creating a path through all this chaos and isolation, but i’d honestly much rather be in a kiddie pool full of glitter at a MESH show.” . @bumbl3beekay
Sosanya, She/Her. . “"Hi! So I took a wicked long time to think of something to write about myself….self. self. Self! That's it! Talk about the self! Specifically, the journey to self love.  To anyone reading this, I understand how absolutely downright challenging it is to deeply love yourself. You are not alone! And to those who have reached that steady and long-term point where you have loved yourself, I super admire you. Kudos to you! That mental and emotional work must have been chock full of so very many ups and downs and intense internal battles. And so, no matter where you are in your personal self-love journey, I hope you not only get there as painlessly as possible and live as authentically as possible, but also more importantly, I hope you enjoy that adventure that is your own beautiful life.   Good luck in your journey to love yourself!" . @sosanyap @biagarafalls @animetedya
Sosanya, She/Her. . “"Hi! So I took a wicked long time to think of something to write about myself….self. self. Self! That's it! Talk about the self! Specifically, the journey to self love. To anyone reading this, I understand how absolutely downright challenging it is to deeply love yourself. You are not alone! And to those who have reached that steady and long-term point where you have loved yourself, I super admire you. Kudos to you! That mental and emotional work must have been chock full of so very many ups and downs and intense internal battles. And so, no matter where you are in your personal self-love journey, I hope you not only get there as painlessly as possible and live as authentically as possible, but also more importantly, I hope you enjoy that adventure that is your own beautiful life. Good luck in your journey to love yourself!" . @sosanyap @biagarafalls @animetedya
Taryn/Buttah, She/Her. . “Natural performer. Burlesque dancer. Alto with an attitude. Resilient woman. Talker. Whiskey drinker. Poetry writer. Fact-checker. Political over-analyst. Your favorite bartender. Body love crusader. Anxiety wrangler. Plus sized model. Social media maven. Sex-positive stigma breaker. Queer. Passionate protestor, organizer, person trying to better her community. Lover. Reader of biographies. Content creator. Statement maker. Cannabis enthusiast. Hype man. Equality seeker. Justice demander. Cuddler. Crier. Cat mom. Cutie. Empowerment empress.  About to make it big. ✨” . @whatsuptaryn @buttahburlesque
Taryn/Buttah, She/Her. . “Natural performer. Burlesque dancer. Alto with an attitude. Resilient woman. Talker. Whiskey drinker. Poetry writer. Fact-checker. Political over-analyst. Your favorite bartender. Body love crusader. Anxiety wrangler. Plus sized model. Social media maven. Sex-positive stigma breaker. Queer. Passionate protestor, organizer, person trying to better her community. Lover. Reader of biographies. Content creator. Statement maker. Cannabis enthusiast. Hype man. Equality seeker. Justice demander. Cuddler. Crier. Cat mom. Cutie. Empowerment empress. About to make it big. ✨” . @whatsuptaryn @buttahburlesque
Brooke, She/Her. . “Hi! I’m Brooke, a bisexual, black local artist and the creator of BuffCat. I make paintings, digital art and comics here in Portland. I teamed up with my friend Melanie to make BuffCat my official brand in January of this year.  Inspired by my cat, the mission of BuffCat is to portray bodies, people and queer identities that aren’t commonly seen in art. BuffCat represents soft masculinity, embracing who you are and being unapologetically yourself.  I hope that everyone who views my art feels seen. Queer, black voices deserve to be heard and I hope I convey that through my work.  You can find my art on Instagram and Facebook:  Instagram: Artbybuffcat BuffCatforever  Facebook: Art By BuffCat  I can be found on Blackownedmaine as Art By Buff Cat.  For commissions/and project requests please email me at: Artbybuffcat@gmail.com.” . @artbybuffcat
Brooke, She/Her. . “Hi! I’m Brooke, a bisexual, black local artist and the creator of BuffCat. I make paintings, digital art and comics here in Portland. I teamed up with my friend Melanie to make BuffCat my official brand in January of this year. Inspired by my cat, the mission of BuffCat is to portray bodies, people and queer identities that aren’t commonly seen in art. BuffCat represents soft masculinity, embracing who you are and being unapologetically yourself. I hope that everyone who views my art feels seen. Queer, black voices deserve to be heard and I hope I convey that through my work. You can find my art on Instagram and Facebook: Instagram: Artbybuffcat BuffCatforever Facebook: Art By BuffCat I can be found on Blackownedmaine as Art By Buff Cat. For commissions/and project requests please email me at: Artbybuffcat@gmail.com.” . @artbybuffcat
Jem, They/Them. . Jem is a civil servant who spends their down time being domestic, doing social justice work, and arm wrestling in costume for charity.  “I have spent most of my life trying to make myself small, trying not to be a bother, denying myself pleasure and agency. I think the work of my mid life is to not be afraid to take up space in my body, in my career, in gender and sexuality. And so far what I have learned: that’s where joy lives.”
Jem, They/Them. . Jem is a civil servant who spends their down time being domestic, doing social justice work, and arm wrestling in costume for charity. “I have spent most of my life trying to make myself small, trying not to be a bother, denying myself pleasure and agency. I think the work of my mid life is to not be afraid to take up space in my body, in my career, in gender and sexuality. And so far what I have learned: that’s where joy lives.”
Jay, They/Them. . “I constantly feel that I am challenging preconceptions. Whether that's by being a bisexual nonbinary person, or by performing drag, or even by reconciling with my ex after a pretty nasty breakup. I feel a lot of my life requires navigating uncharted territory or going against what society says I should do and I take pride in that. If I am blazing a trail, then let it be so others can follow in my wake.” . @wildjaybird
Jay, They/Them. . “I constantly feel that I am challenging preconceptions. Whether that's by being a bisexual nonbinary person, or by performing drag, or even by reconciling with my ex after a pretty nasty breakup. I feel a lot of my life requires navigating uncharted territory or going against what society says I should do and I take pride in that. If I am blazing a trail, then let it be so others can follow in my wake.” . @wildjaybird
Noelle, She/Her. . “I teach at a highschool, and it's a stressful year to be an educator. Going back into the school building during a pandemic is unnerving, but I do miss my job and the kids. Teaching is an integral piece of who I am, so it's been difficult to have that absence in my life. Lately, I've been trying to focus my energy on redesigning my curriculum to be more culturally responsive and inclusive. My goal is to center a lot of my lessons around antiracism work while including more literature from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folks. I'm ready to start having meaningful, real-world conversations with my students again, even if it means doing so on an online platform. I need it. They need it. We all do.” . @naugerr
Noelle, She/Her. . “I teach at a highschool, and it's a stressful year to be an educator. Going back into the school building during a pandemic is unnerving, but I do miss my job and the kids. Teaching is an integral piece of who I am, so it's been difficult to have that absence in my life. Lately, I've been trying to focus my energy on redesigning my curriculum to be more culturally responsive and inclusive. My goal is to center a lot of my lessons around antiracism work while including more literature from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folks. I'm ready to start having meaningful, real-world conversations with my students again, even if it means doing so on an online platform. I need it. They need it. We all do.” . @naugerr
Halen, She/Her & Molly, She/Her  Moly: “You may forget but Let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us” Sappho  Halen: “Life, as they say, has its ups and downs. At times, the waves will taunt you, tossing you in their swells. But take heart. It’s hard to stick with it and make it your own. But even a couple of losers can survive most things if they’re together.” -My Neighbors the Yamadas . @tharatking @shizukuamasawa
Halen, She/Her & Molly, She/Her Moly: “You may forget but Let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us” Sappho Halen: “Life, as they say, has its ups and downs. At times, the waves will taunt you, tossing you in their swells. But take heart. It’s hard to stick with it and make it your own. But even a couple of losers can survive most things if they’re together.” -My Neighbors the Yamadas . @tharatking @shizukuamasawa
Julien, They/She. . “During quarantine, my creative focus has been all over the place. I’m always a bit of a dabbler, but this time has turned me into an absolute mega dabbler. From week to week and month to month I’ve become obsessed with rug-making, painting, starting a newsletter, Polaroid photography, portrait photography, figure drawing from photos, ceramics... sometimes I wish I would just buckle down and focus on something to become really good at it, but that just doesn’t feel possible right now.  The time to myself has also given me space to get back in touch with my queer identity, which has felt dormant and hidden for a while. I would love to meet more of the amazing people on this page and get to know the queer community around Portland better! If anyone reading this wants to collaborate on a creative project or photoshoot, I would love to work together!” . @ejuliencoyne for art/@ejulienphotography for photos
Julien, They/She. . “During quarantine, my creative focus has been all over the place. I’m always a bit of a dabbler, but this time has turned me into an absolute mega dabbler. From week to week and month to month I’ve become obsessed with rug-making, painting, starting a newsletter, Polaroid photography, portrait photography, figure drawing from photos, ceramics... sometimes I wish I would just buckle down and focus on something to become really good at it, but that just doesn’t feel possible right now. The time to myself has also given me space to get back in touch with my queer identity, which has felt dormant and hidden for a while. I would love to meet more of the amazing people on this page and get to know the queer community around Portland better! If anyone reading this wants to collaborate on a creative project or photoshoot, I would love to work together!” . @ejuliencoyne for art/@ejulienphotography for photos
Finn, They/Them. . “I moved to Portland for grad school. I'm working towards becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner with the goal of providing queer-affirming primary care and educating other health professionals. One of my dreams for the queer community is getting to a point where we all support and lift each other up and learn from each other. There is a lot of divisiveness and judgment and racism and classism and ableism in the queer community and I hope that more people start putting in the work to move past that. I'm a nonbinary, trans, poly, kinky, queer boi and I'm proud of every part of my identity. Part of my work fighting for the queer community is taking up space, letting my queerness, my work, and my queer body be visible, and showing others that it's ok to do so when society tries to shame our existence and push us into the shadows.” . @finngq
Finn, They/Them. . “I moved to Portland for grad school. I'm working towards becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner with the goal of providing queer-affirming primary care and educating other health professionals. One of my dreams for the queer community is getting to a point where we all support and lift each other up and learn from each other. There is a lot of divisiveness and judgment and racism and classism and ableism in the queer community and I hope that more people start putting in the work to move past that. I'm a nonbinary, trans, poly, kinky, queer boi and I'm proud of every part of my identity. Part of my work fighting for the queer community is taking up space, letting my queerness, my work, and my queer body be visible, and showing others that it's ok to do so when society tries to shame our existence and push us into the shadows.” . @finngq
Abe, She/Her. . “I’ve been coping with the pandemic by leaning into creative play in my work and life - I survived the first month of lockdown by drawing 400+ possums. I’m surviving the sixth month by teaching myself how to longboard and rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender. Basically I’m gifting myself the childhood I always wanted, but in my adult years.” . @abetensiaillustration
Abe, She/Her. . “I’ve been coping with the pandemic by leaning into creative play in my work and life - I survived the first month of lockdown by drawing 400+ possums. I’m surviving the sixth month by teaching myself how to longboard and rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender. Basically I’m gifting myself the childhood I always wanted, but in my adult years.” . @abetensiaillustration
Tina (She/They/He) & Kylie (She/Her) . Tina: “The Queer community in Portland has given me so much to be thankful for in the last handful of years. I’m not sure what version of myself I would be had I not landed here. Portland and it’s queer inhabitants have only encouraged the best parts of me and the authentic parts of me to grow. I’ve met some of the absolute best people & i’m lucky to call them my friends. I get to take these memories with me everywhere and i’m really really excited about that. Also- my girlfriend is a babe.”  Kylie: “Portland has been a pivotal time place and time in my life. I’m now moving away after three years. I’ve met the most incredible people during my time here. People who’s friendship I’ll be able to take with me for the rest of my life. Many of these friends have already moved away from Portland themselves. For so many people Portland is just a stop in life, in between two phases, and maybe even a space between two lives. Portland will mark a great divide between two phases in my own life, and im so excited for what’s next as well as grateful for who I’m walking in to it with.” . @tinamortadella @abowlofcerealfordinner
Tina (She/They/He) & Kylie (She/Her) . Tina: “The Queer community in Portland has given me so much to be thankful for in the last handful of years. I’m not sure what version of myself I would be had I not landed here. Portland and it’s queer inhabitants have only encouraged the best parts of me and the authentic parts of me to grow. I’ve met some of the absolute best people & i’m lucky to call them my friends. I get to take these memories with me everywhere and i’m really really excited about that. Also- my girlfriend is a babe.” Kylie: “Portland has been a pivotal time place and time in my life. I’m now moving away after three years. I’ve met the most incredible people during my time here. People who’s friendship I’ll be able to take with me for the rest of my life. Many of these friends have already moved away from Portland themselves. For so many people Portland is just a stop in life, in between two phases, and maybe even a space between two lives. Portland will mark a great divide between two phases in my own life, and im so excited for what’s next as well as grateful for who I’m walking in to it with.” . @tinamortadella @abowlofcerealfordinner
Katie, She/Her. . “This pandemic has been really hard on my (and many others) mental health. I started painting to try and have a creative outlet. I’m not very good, but I have a good time. I hope you are all able to find some good moments during this time. And remember, Black Lives Matter and wear a mask!”
Katie, She/Her. . “This pandemic has been really hard on my (and many others) mental health. I started painting to try and have a creative outlet. I’m not very good, but I have a good time. I hope you are all able to find some good moments during this time. And remember, Black Lives Matter and wear a mask!”
Heather Rose Murphy, She/Her. . Makeup artist and hairdresser. AFAB fantasy burlesque performer.  “The less time we have, the more we accomplish, Love is the same. Face to face, back to back, shoulder to shoulder, it is all the same, even with clothes on.” . @dedrosez2920
Heather Rose Murphy, She/Her. . Makeup artist and hairdresser. AFAB fantasy burlesque performer. “The less time we have, the more we accomplish, Love is the same. Face to face, back to back, shoulder to shoulder, it is all the same, even with clothes on.” . @dedrosez2920
Tara, She/Her. . Tara works in healthcare technology and is a student at the Royal School of Needlework.  “The world is broken, but we are here to heal it; so says the Jewish concept of tukkun olam.  This includes self healing, which through introspection and courage, help us to be open with who we are, even as that changes throughout our lives.  Whoever you are, being your true self helps to repair the entire world." . @taralafre
Tara, She/Her. . Tara works in healthcare technology and is a student at the Royal School of Needlework. “The world is broken, but we are here to heal it; so says the Jewish concept of tukkun olam. This includes self healing, which through introspection and courage, help us to be open with who we are, even as that changes throughout our lives. Whoever you are, being your true self helps to repair the entire world." . @taralafre
Augusto, He/Him. . “I never knew what it was to feel comfortable in my own brown skin until I moved here. Maine has gifted me a wonderful queer family. I found a place to call home where I can be myself, to be queer and feel loved. Bogotá and my family made who I am and Portland allowed me to discover that person.” . @augustoenero
Augusto, He/Him. . “I never knew what it was to feel comfortable in my own brown skin until I moved here. Maine has gifted me a wonderful queer family. I found a place to call home where I can be myself, to be queer and feel loved. Bogotá and my family made who I am and Portland allowed me to discover that person.” . @augustoenero
Willow Pree, They/She/He. . “I'm a solitary queer house witch and spiritual seeker. Cleaning is my favorite form of magic, because it yields such tangible results both physically, emotionally, and mentally. Cultivating peace is my life's work. If I have one hope it's to help others return to themselves, and find strength in the beauty and richness of their own soul's journey. The world needs our truth and we need each other's love and care to come back to it.” . @willowpreeee
Willow Pree, They/She/He. . “I'm a solitary queer house witch and spiritual seeker. Cleaning is my favorite form of magic, because it yields such tangible results both physically, emotionally, and mentally. Cultivating peace is my life's work. If I have one hope it's to help others return to themselves, and find strength in the beauty and richness of their own soul's journey. The world needs our truth and we need each other's love and care to come back to it.” . @willowpreeee
Hope of Little Chair Printing, She/Her. . Little Chair Printing is a Queer owned and operated screen printing shop based in Portland, screenprinting for the people with a strong focus on social justice! “Helping the community and trying to change the world one T-shirt at a time.” . @littlechairprinting
Hope of Little Chair Printing, She/Her. . Little Chair Printing is a Queer owned and operated screen printing shop based in Portland, screenprinting for the people with a strong focus on social justice! “Helping the community and trying to change the world one T-shirt at a time.” . @littlechairprinting
John of Plant Office, He/Him. . “It's strange to be running a business when you're not sure capitalism is a great idea. So in order to stomach the whole thing I try to use my visibility as a business-owner and artist to promote social justice issues. Helping create a safer space for all sorts of people is a major goal for Plant Office. It brings me so much joy to share this special place with everyone." . @plant.office
John of Plant Office, He/Him. . “It's strange to be running a business when you're not sure capitalism is a great idea. So in order to stomach the whole thing I try to use my visibility as a business-owner and artist to promote social justice issues. Helping create a safer space for all sorts of people is a major goal for Plant Office. It brings me so much joy to share this special place with everyone." . @plant.office
Jake, He/Him, or Chartreuse in Drag, She/Her. . “I always feel like I’m not good enough, like I’m an imposter. I doubt my abilities and dumb myself down, I bite my tongue and nod my head. But no more. In the midst of taking care of my aging parents, one with cancer and one stroke survivor with short term memory loss, I’ve found a strength I didn’t know I had. Life is too short to question our validity - WE ARE VALID. I am valid. My feelings are valid. THE COLOR OF MY SKIN IS VALID.  I’m done staying quiet when I feel that my validity has been diminished by white people. Im done being isolated by my friends for being intimidating or on edge - I AM ON EDGE. I’m constantly waiting to be disappointed by my white “ally” friends and it’s exhausting. I’m so tired. I’m tired of performative activism, I’m tired of trending activism, I’m tired of being told to calm down, I’m tired of being attacked for challenging your local faves to do more, I’m tired of watching another local white person fave receive praise for their hard work on publicly addressing and dismantling their own racism when in fact their words were written by a Black person for damage control.  I’m tired of waking up every day and seeing people I know out and about pretending this pandemic doesn’t exist, and I’m tired of wondering if any of my friends will be responsible for the death of my parents due to COVID-19 because of their selfish desire to not wear a mask. I’M TIRED PORTLAND. But I’m here, and I’ll keep fighting.  #BLACKTRANSLIVESMATTER #BLACKLIVESMATTER “ . @thecharmoney @jake_boyce_
Jake, He/Him, or Chartreuse in Drag, She/Her. . “I always feel like I’m not good enough, like I’m an imposter. I doubt my abilities and dumb myself down, I bite my tongue and nod my head. But no more. In the midst of taking care of my aging parents, one with cancer and one stroke survivor with short term memory loss, I’ve found a strength I didn’t know I had. Life is too short to question our validity - WE ARE VALID. I am valid. My feelings are valid. THE COLOR OF MY SKIN IS VALID. I’m done staying quiet when I feel that my validity has been diminished by white people. Im done being isolated by my friends for being intimidating or on edge - I AM ON EDGE. I’m constantly waiting to be disappointed by my white “ally” friends and it’s exhausting. I’m so tired. I’m tired of performative activism, I’m tired of trending activism, I’m tired of being told to calm down, I’m tired of being attacked for challenging your local faves to do more, I’m tired of watching another local white person fave receive praise for their hard work on publicly addressing and dismantling their own racism when in fact their words were written by a Black person for damage control. I’m tired of waking up every day and seeing people I know out and about pretending this pandemic doesn’t exist, and I’m tired of wondering if any of my friends will be responsible for the death of my parents due to COVID-19 because of their selfish desire to not wear a mask. I’M TIRED PORTLAND. But I’m here, and I’ll keep fighting. #BLACKTRANSLIVESMATTER #BLACKLIVESMATTER “ . @thecharmoney @jake_boyce_
Parker, He/Him. “29. East end based, transguy, polyam, budtender, tattoo collector, cannabis enthusiast, feminist, festie, fungi, water sign.  The themes of taboo that parallel cannabis and trans culture are all fear based. Fear is an illusion. Wether it’s a question about THC, CBD or HRT, I believe that the overwhelming position of ignorance stems from a lack of knowledge. We can’t expect what we don’t inspect. Don’t hate, educate. If we get lost in the sauce of anger.. don’t we all walk away with a bad taste in our mouth? As a trans Portland resident and MMMP, I have found nothing but love and the most proper product at @fireonforestreet Highly recommend for your medication needs in a safe, rad space. Elevate & “Embrace The Random” - https://www.bonfire.com/asa-york/“ . @parkeraverybryant_
Parker, He/Him. “29. East end based, transguy, polyam, budtender, tattoo collector, cannabis enthusiast, feminist, festie, fungi, water sign. The themes of taboo that parallel cannabis and trans culture are all fear based. Fear is an illusion. Wether it’s a question about THC, CBD or HRT, I believe that the overwhelming position of ignorance stems from a lack of knowledge. We can’t expect what we don’t inspect. Don’t hate, educate. If we get lost in the sauce of anger.. don’t we all walk away with a bad taste in our mouth? As a trans Portland resident and MMMP, I have found nothing but love and the most proper product at @fireonforestreet Highly recommend for your medication needs in a safe, rad space. Elevate & “Embrace The Random” - https://www.bonfire.com/asa-york/“ . @parkeraverybryant_
Kitty (She/Her) & Tristen (He/Him) . “Tristen and I grew up together in a very rural, conservative and homogenous northern Maine town. As queer folx, it was hard, if not impossible for some, to come out. I reflect on my high school experience and how much loneliness came from lack of exposure to queerness. Tristen and I, along with other now-out classmates, have reconnected. It has been healing and brought so much peace to that lonely high school self, knowing that my queer community was around me the entire time, we just weren’t ready to meet these absolutely perfect parts of ourselves yet. But now we are, and the bond beautiful. “ . @stitchesnthyme @tristenbeckett
Kitty (She/Her) & Tristen (He/Him) . “Tristen and I grew up together in a very rural, conservative and homogenous northern Maine town. As queer folx, it was hard, if not impossible for some, to come out. I reflect on my high school experience and how much loneliness came from lack of exposure to queerness. Tristen and I, along with other now-out classmates, have reconnected. It has been healing and brought so much peace to that lonely high school self, knowing that my queer community was around me the entire time, we just weren’t ready to meet these absolutely perfect parts of ourselves yet. But now we are, and the bond beautiful. “ . @stitchesnthyme @tristenbeckett
Charlotte, She/Her. . “I’ve spent this time in quarantine doing two things, using my voice to draw attention to marginalized folx and practicing being fully in my body with my yoga practice and now teaching. As a gay womxn I feel like this is the most radical way to love myself because it openly flouts a white supremacist patriarchal society that tells me constantly that I should loathe my body for not living up to Eurocentric beauty standards. My goal as a yoga teacher is to encourage all people no matter their gender identity, sexuality, size or race to fully embrace being present with themselves. Catch me teaching yoga, making cocktails + mocktails and discussing mental health Sunday’s and Thursday’s at 5:30pm on Instagram live.” . @ohhh_charlotte
Charlotte, She/Her. . “I’ve spent this time in quarantine doing two things, using my voice to draw attention to marginalized folx and practicing being fully in my body with my yoga practice and now teaching. As a gay womxn I feel like this is the most radical way to love myself because it openly flouts a white supremacist patriarchal society that tells me constantly that I should loathe my body for not living up to Eurocentric beauty standards. My goal as a yoga teacher is to encourage all people no matter their gender identity, sexuality, size or race to fully embrace being present with themselves. Catch me teaching yoga, making cocktails + mocktails and discussing mental health Sunday’s and Thursday’s at 5:30pm on Instagram live.” . @ohhh_charlotte
Ari (They/Them) & Sawyre (She/Her). . Ari: “Be yourself.” Sawyre: “Being Gay is not an interest, it is a passion.”
Ari (They/Them) & Sawyre (She/Her). . Ari: “Be yourself.” Sawyre: “Being Gay is not an interest, it is a passion.”
amie (He/Him) is an oncology nurse practitioner and Jonathan (He/Him) works as an employee relations specialist. . “The great thing about this project, is that it is a beautiful reminder of the diversity and resilience of our community. It is easy to feel isolated lately, but through these photos we can see that we’re all here doing the best we can to make our corner of the world a brighter place, however we can. It’s especially important now, in the face of a global pandemic and the marathon fight for racial justice and structural equality, to be gentle with ourselves and ask for support when we need it. We can’t pour from empty cups; taking care of ourselves equips us best to care for others.” . @astraeus84 @jamiet4986
amie (He/Him) is an oncology nurse practitioner and Jonathan (He/Him) works as an employee relations specialist. . “The great thing about this project, is that it is a beautiful reminder of the diversity and resilience of our community. It is easy to feel isolated lately, but through these photos we can see that we’re all here doing the best we can to make our corner of the world a brighter place, however we can. It’s especially important now, in the face of a global pandemic and the marathon fight for racial justice and structural equality, to be gentle with ourselves and ask for support when we need it. We can’t pour from empty cups; taking care of ourselves equips us best to care for others.” . @astraeus84 @jamiet4986
May, She/Her. . “COVID has given me a lot of room to explore different parts of myself and develop my artistic expression. I hope others are doing the same! When COVID is over, maybe we can gather like a community again and share what we've been doing through this hard time! :)” . @elsaisgay
May, She/Her. . “COVID has given me a lot of room to explore different parts of myself and develop my artistic expression. I hope others are doing the same! When COVID is over, maybe we can gather like a community again and share what we've been doing through this hard time! :)” . @elsaisgay
Nathan, Any Pronoun. . “I’m frustrated and tired very often. I’m also very lucky and so, so grateful. I try to keep gratitude and acceptance at the forefront of everything I do. The systems we have in place clearly benefit a small percentage of people while a majority of others are constantly suffering. These systems are not broken - they’re working exactly as they were intended to work. They need to change. It feels wrong not to advocate for change so that everyone has a fair chance to live a peaceful, beautiful life. I want to make sure I’m consistently showing up for myself, so I can show up for others, especially those I hold close to me in my life, and keep fighting. It all starts with you.” . @therealnategabel
Nathan, Any Pronoun. . “I’m frustrated and tired very often. I’m also very lucky and so, so grateful. I try to keep gratitude and acceptance at the forefront of everything I do. The systems we have in place clearly benefit a small percentage of people while a majority of others are constantly suffering. These systems are not broken - they’re working exactly as they were intended to work. They need to change. It feels wrong not to advocate for change so that everyone has a fair chance to live a peaceful, beautiful life. I want to make sure I’m consistently showing up for myself, so I can show up for others, especially those I hold close to me in my life, and keep fighting. It all starts with you.” . @therealnategabel
Megan, They/Them. . “I miss working. Weird, right? But when you work in theatre sometimes you take for granted how amazing your job is. So...I just have to adapt! Adaptation. Just another thing you get accustomed to in this weird, weird time.” . @mtripz9
Megan, They/Them. . “I miss working. Weird, right? But when you work in theatre sometimes you take for granted how amazing your job is. So...I just have to adapt! Adaptation. Just another thing you get accustomed to in this weird, weird time.” . @mtripz9
Prudence, She/Her. . When Prudence started working at Color Me Mine in Portland, it was a saving grace. She will be teaching classes there very soon! . @yagirlsart
Prudence, She/Her. . When Prudence started working at Color Me Mine in Portland, it was a saving grace. She will be teaching classes there very soon! . @yagirlsart
Tim (He/Him) & Jacob (He/They) & Olive Karu (She/Her). . Jacob has a spiritual care private practice called The Heart Farmer. It’s a space for queer folx to explore and engage in supported and meaningful ways with questions of an existential and spiritual nature with a trained interfaith spiritual care provider with no agenda! . if interested, folx can email Jacob at theheartfarmer@gmail.com. . @theheartfarmer @timkaru (dogs always seem to take the forefront in family portraits!)
Tim (He/Him) & Jacob (He/They) & Olive Karu (She/Her). . Jacob has a spiritual care private practice called The Heart Farmer. It’s a space for queer folx to explore and engage in supported and meaningful ways with questions of an existential and spiritual nature with a trained interfaith spiritual care provider with no agenda! . if interested, folx can email Jacob at theheartfarmer@gmail.com. . @theheartfarmer @timkaru (dogs always seem to take the forefront in family portraits!)
Blackstones. . From left to right— Jeff Kramer (he/him). Nick Steele (he/him). Chelsea Discatio (she/her). Keith Bennett (he/him). Nick Marketta (he/him). Kevin Norsworthy (he/they). Danielle Dior (she/her). Gigi Gabor (Gordon Renell) (“feminine and masculine pronouns interchangeably”). . “Without its patrons, Blackstones is nothing but four walls and a sketchy bathroom. It’s our vibrant community that makes it the lively, familial watering hole that it is. We’ve all made due with phones, social media, and small gatherings for the past 4+ months. But at a time we need our chosen families most, our staff, performers, and patrons are longing for that true togetherness once again. Hang in there, Queer Portland! We love you!” . @blackstones207
Blackstones. . From left to right— Jeff Kramer (he/him). Nick Steele (he/him). Chelsea Discatio (she/her). Keith Bennett (he/him). Nick Marketta (he/him). Kevin Norsworthy (he/they). Danielle Dior (she/her). Gigi Gabor (Gordon Renell) (“feminine and masculine pronouns interchangeably”). . “Without its patrons, Blackstones is nothing but four walls and a sketchy bathroom. It’s our vibrant community that makes it the lively, familial watering hole that it is. We’ve all made due with phones, social media, and small gatherings for the past 4+ months. But at a time we need our chosen families most, our staff, performers, and patrons are longing for that true togetherness once again. Hang in there, Queer Portland! We love you!” . @blackstones207
Heather Rose (she/her) and Camden (he/him unless he decides otherwise💗) . Heather is a Queer momma and small business owner in Portland. She launched Local Babe Food in May as an inclusive opportunity to provide the community with healthy local farm grown food in reusable packaging. . “Local Babe Food is for babes of all ages! We are here to connect folks with healthy, organic, creative takes on some traditional favorites to start sparking conversation, connection and a sense of community around food, farmers and chosen families. What better way to do that than over breakfast? Our products are versatile so that everyone can enjoy - purées are great for babe’s first bites or added into a morning smoothie to get you through your day! Baked beach rose glazed donuts, mashed potato flatbreads even herbal simple syrups packed with local flavor. Handmade reusable packaging, eco-friendly initiatives, lots of love for our Maine farm growth - we are Local Babe Food.” . To find Heather’s products, you can order online for Curbside/Delivery through Fork Food Lab at https://fork-food-lab.square.site/ 72 Parris St. Portland, Gorham Farmers Market Saturdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Scarborough Farmers Market Sundays 9:00 am-1:00 pm, and Yarmouth Farmers Market Thursdays 3:00-6:00 pm . “Check out @localbabefood to place an order and support queer local small business 💚”
Heather Rose (she/her) and Camden (he/him unless he decides otherwise💗) . Heather is a Queer momma and small business owner in Portland. She launched Local Babe Food in May as an inclusive opportunity to provide the community with healthy local farm grown food in reusable packaging. . “Local Babe Food is for babes of all ages! We are here to connect folks with healthy, organic, creative takes on some traditional favorites to start sparking conversation, connection and a sense of community around food, farmers and chosen families. What better way to do that than over breakfast? Our products are versatile so that everyone can enjoy - purées are great for babe’s first bites or added into a morning smoothie to get you through your day! Baked beach rose glazed donuts, mashed potato flatbreads even herbal simple syrups packed with local flavor. Handmade reusable packaging, eco-friendly initiatives, lots of love for our Maine farm growth - we are Local Babe Food.” . To find Heather’s products, you can order online for Curbside/Delivery through Fork Food Lab at https://fork-food-lab.square.site/ 72 Parris St. Portland, Gorham Farmers Market Saturdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Scarborough Farmers Market Sundays 9:00 am-1:00 pm, and Yarmouth Farmers Market Thursdays 3:00-6:00 pm . “Check out @localbabefood to place an order and support queer local small business 💚”
Priscilla, She/Her. . “A few things.  I am a proud pansexual, a 1st generation Cuban-American, a fat woman, and a small business owner. I have anxiety, depression, PCOS, HS, hypothyroidism, and Hashimotos. I take pride in putting myself out there in the hope that someone will feel seen. My ultimate goal is to help folks understand others' experiences and different point of views, in turn, making it a better world for all of us!  I also want to take this chance to let folks know that I co-own a marketing and business consulting company, EID Visions (@eidvisions_), with my partner, Orlando. It doesn’t matter whether you are a small business, a budding entrepreneur, working on your startup, or anything in between; at EID Visions, we will put in the work as if you were the largest company in the world. At EID Visions, we don’t just have clients, we have family!  Whether you want to talk life or business, I would love to have a conversation with you. Message me @pudgyalpaca” . @pudgyalpaca @eidvisions_
Priscilla, She/Her. . “A few things. I am a proud pansexual, a 1st generation Cuban-American, a fat woman, and a small business owner. I have anxiety, depression, PCOS, HS, hypothyroidism, and Hashimotos. I take pride in putting myself out there in the hope that someone will feel seen. My ultimate goal is to help folks understand others' experiences and different point of views, in turn, making it a better world for all of us! I also want to take this chance to let folks know that I co-own a marketing and business consulting company, EID Visions (@eidvisions_), with my partner, Orlando. It doesn’t matter whether you are a small business, a budding entrepreneur, working on your startup, or anything in between; at EID Visions, we will put in the work as if you were the largest company in the world. At EID Visions, we don’t just have clients, we have family! Whether you want to talk life or business, I would love to have a conversation with you. Message me @pudgyalpaca” . @pudgyalpaca @eidvisions_
Isaac, He/They. . “I’ve been out of the closet for about 25 years and lived in many different communities. None have been nearly as cohesive and diverse as the queer community here. I am joyful and grateful everyday for that. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life it is the importance of showing up and Portland Queers certainly show up.” . @cocktail_mary
Isaac, He/They. . “I’ve been out of the closet for about 25 years and lived in many different communities. None have been nearly as cohesive and diverse as the queer community here. I am joyful and grateful everyday for that. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life it is the importance of showing up and Portland Queers certainly show up.” . @cocktail_mary
Andrew, He/Him. . Andrew Zarro (he/him) owns Little Woodfords, a coffee shop recently relocated from Woodfords Corner to Downtown Portland. As a small business owner, he believes queer spaces matter in all facets of our community, public and private. Andrew is running for City Council District 4 in hopes to bring LGBT+ voices to the table in our local government. We have not had an openly Queer person elected to the Portland City Council in over a decade, and we are past due for adequate representation. As a Millennial, he believes it is time to demand a generational transition of power and responsibility to govern as we forge a path towards a kinder, more diverse and inclusive tomorrow. . @andrewzarro @littlewoodfords
Andrew, He/Him. . Andrew Zarro (he/him) owns Little Woodfords, a coffee shop recently relocated from Woodfords Corner to Downtown Portland. As a small business owner, he believes queer spaces matter in all facets of our community, public and private. Andrew is running for City Council District 4 in hopes to bring LGBT+ voices to the table in our local government. We have not had an openly Queer person elected to the Portland City Council in over a decade, and we are past due for adequate representation. As a Millennial, he believes it is time to demand a generational transition of power and responsibility to govern as we forge a path towards a kinder, more diverse and inclusive tomorrow. . @andrewzarro @littlewoodfords
Rachel (She/Her) & Mel (She/They) from Pageboy Studios. . “Pageboy is a queer owned and operated space. Inclusion, community, and individuality are at the top of Rachel and Mel's goals for the studio. No one fits a perfect mold, your hair should help represent your vision of who you are and it is up to the stylist to help you articulate that goal. In an industry that is woefully outdated, we know it is our responsibility to educate ourselves and be active listeners for our community and our clients. By offering gender-free haircut choices, creating a community funded, sliding scale payment option (details coming soon!) and actively expanding our knowledge of all hair types/textures, we aim to be in tune with our clients needs, as well as the needs of the greater community. We stand in support of Black lives, survivors, and queer and trans community.” . @pageboystudio @haircuts.for.humans
Rachel (She/Her) & Mel (She/They) from Pageboy Studios. . “Pageboy is a queer owned and operated space. Inclusion, community, and individuality are at the top of Rachel and Mel's goals for the studio. No one fits a perfect mold, your hair should help represent your vision of who you are and it is up to the stylist to help you articulate that goal. In an industry that is woefully outdated, we know it is our responsibility to educate ourselves and be active listeners for our community and our clients. By offering gender-free haircut choices, creating a community funded, sliding scale payment option (details coming soon!) and actively expanding our knowledge of all hair types/textures, we aim to be in tune with our clients needs, as well as the needs of the greater community. We stand in support of Black lives, survivors, and queer and trans community.” . @pageboystudio @haircuts.for.humans
Rachel (She/Her) & Mel (She/They) from Pageboy Studios. . “Pageboy is a queer owned and operated space. Inclusion, community, and individuality are at the top of Rachel and Mel's goals for the studio. No one fits a perfect mold, your hair should help represent your vision of who you are and it is up to the stylist to help you articulate that goal. In an industry that is woefully outdated, we know it is our responsibility to educate ourselves and be active listeners for our community and our clients. By offering gender-free haircut choices, creating a community funded, sliding scale payment option (details coming soon!) and actively expanding our knowledge of all hair types/textures, we aim to be in tune with our clients needs, as well as the needs of the greater community. We stand in support of Black lives, survivors, and queer and trans community.” . @pageboystudio @haircuts.for.humans
Rachel (She/Her) & Mel (She/They) from Pageboy Studios. . “Pageboy is a queer owned and operated space. Inclusion, community, and individuality are at the top of Rachel and Mel's goals for the studio. No one fits a perfect mold, your hair should help represent your vision of who you are and it is up to the stylist to help you articulate that goal. In an industry that is woefully outdated, we know it is our responsibility to educate ourselves and be active listeners for our community and our clients. By offering gender-free haircut choices, creating a community funded, sliding scale payment option (details coming soon!) and actively expanding our knowledge of all hair types/textures, we aim to be in tune with our clients needs, as well as the needs of the greater community. We stand in support of Black lives, survivors, and queer and trans community.” . @pageboystudio @haircuts.for.humans
Allison (She/Her) & Matthew (He/Him) Of Quill Books & Beverage. . “We so dearly miss gathering together with our community in safety and caring. Though we are distant that community will hold together. We can't wait to welcome everyone back to Quill as soon as we may safely do so. Be safe and take care. We love and miss you all!" . @quillbooksandbeverage is doing subscription boxes filled with books, beverages, and treats. Check out their IG for more info!
Allison (She/Her) & Matthew (He/Him) Of Quill Books & Beverage. . “We so dearly miss gathering together with our community in safety and caring. Though we are distant that community will hold together. We can't wait to welcome everyone back to Quill as soon as we may safely do so. Be safe and take care. We love and miss you all!" . @quillbooksandbeverage is doing subscription boxes filled with books, beverages, and treats. Check out their IG for more info!
Lucy, She/Her. . Lucy is an artist based in Portland. Check out more of her work @littleshovel !
Lucy, She/Her. . Lucy is an artist based in Portland. Check out more of her work @littleshovel !
Asher, They/Them. . “I wanted to take a minute to talk about my experience with @translifeline. About a year ago I was in a real rough spot. I felt stuck in many areas of my life and wasn’t sure exactly how to move forward or if I even could. One hard night, I ended up calling @translifeline and talked to a trans peer for hours.  Since then, (with all kinds of support) I’ve made a pledge to myself that I will live a long full beautiful trans life. I will do anything necessary to keep my life sacred and present and here on this earth. ... So many trans people leave this earth too damn early. We are shown and taught, by often violent means, that we don’t belong.  @Translifeline is here for us, run for and by trans folks. The peers offer support for all kinds of situations and unlike most crisis lines will never call the police without consent. Check them out, donate if you can, and give them a call if you find yourself forgetting that the world needs your beautiful holy trans self.”
Asher, They/Them. . “I wanted to take a minute to talk about my experience with @translifeline. About a year ago I was in a real rough spot. I felt stuck in many areas of my life and wasn’t sure exactly how to move forward or if I even could. One hard night, I ended up calling @translifeline and talked to a trans peer for hours. Since then, (with all kinds of support) I’ve made a pledge to myself that I will live a long full beautiful trans life. I will do anything necessary to keep my life sacred and present and here on this earth. ... So many trans people leave this earth too damn early. We are shown and taught, by often violent means, that we don’t belong. @Translifeline is here for us, run for and by trans folks. The peers offer support for all kinds of situations and unlike most crisis lines will never call the police without consent. Check them out, donate if you can, and give them a call if you find yourself forgetting that the world needs your beautiful holy trans self.”
Aaron, He/Him. . “We all deserve a voice. We all deserve a chance at success. We all deserve better!  I’m black and proud. I’m gay and happy. I’m running for U.S. Congress!” . Follow the Aaron Amede Campaign @aaronamedeme
Aaron, He/Him. . “We all deserve a voice. We all deserve a chance at success. We all deserve better! I’m black and proud. I’m gay and happy. I’m running for U.S. Congress!” . Follow the Aaron Amede Campaign @aaronamedeme
Nyssa (She/Her) & Raine (They/Them) . "I’d cut my soul into a million different pieces just to form a constellation to light your way home. I’d write love poems to the parts of yourself you can’t stand. I’d stand in the shadows of your heart and tell you I’m not afraid of your dark." - Andrea Gibson  Raine and Nyssa have been celebrating love together for the past five years and many more to come ❤️  Nyssa is a queer hairstylist in South Portland and welcomes all queer people to come and explore expressive and gender affirming hairstyles. Check her work out at @nysstique
Nyssa (She/Her) & Raine (They/Them) . "I’d cut my soul into a million different pieces just to form a constellation to light your way home. I’d write love poems to the parts of yourself you can’t stand. I’d stand in the shadows of your heart and tell you I’m not afraid of your dark." - Andrea Gibson Raine and Nyssa have been celebrating love together for the past five years and many more to come ❤️ Nyssa is a queer hairstylist in South Portland and welcomes all queer people to come and explore expressive and gender affirming hairstyles. Check her work out at @nysstique
Alex, He/They. . “Donate to The Sylvia Rivera Law Project. This nonprofit provides legal services specifically to low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming.”
Alex, He/They. . “Donate to The Sylvia Rivera Law Project. This nonprofit provides legal services specifically to low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming.”
Sierra (She/Her) and Ash (She/Her). . Ash is an editor who volunteers with prison writing programs and Sierra is a student midwife and full-spectrum doula serving oppressed communities.  “Black birthing people die in birth at 3-6x that of their white counterparts and more than half of queer people who visit doctors report facing discrimination due to their sexuality. 1 in 100 American adults is behind bars, many without access to writing and educational materials even though books reduce recidivism rates.  Here are some places you can go to learn, donate, or advocate: @penamerica @prisonbirthproject @sistersong_woc @blackmidwivesalliance @blackmamasmatter @queerdoulas @mainetransnet .” . @allbodiesbirth
Sierra (She/Her) and Ash (She/Her). . Ash is an editor who volunteers with prison writing programs and Sierra is a student midwife and full-spectrum doula serving oppressed communities. “Black birthing people die in birth at 3-6x that of their white counterparts and more than half of queer people who visit doctors report facing discrimination due to their sexuality. 1 in 100 American adults is behind bars, many without access to writing and educational materials even though books reduce recidivism rates. Here are some places you can go to learn, donate, or advocate: @penamerica @prisonbirthproject @sistersong_woc @blackmidwivesalliance @blackmamasmatter @queerdoulas @mainetransnet .” . @allbodiesbirth
Travis, He/Him. . Travis is developing a Queer business owned directory @queerownedmaine and wishes to expand on this project in the future. . @theynen
Travis, He/Him. . Travis is developing a Queer business owned directory @queerownedmaine and wishes to expand on this project in the future. . @theynen
JC, They/Them. . "Just because you need to ask for help doesn't mean you're weak. You are strong for being brave enough to accept help. To fail is to learn and to learn is to get stronger. Never stop learning.” . JC wants to bring awareness to the Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.” Learn more @trevorproject .
JC, They/Them. . "Just because you need to ask for help doesn't mean you're weak. You are strong for being brave enough to accept help. To fail is to learn and to learn is to get stronger. Never stop learning.” . JC wants to bring awareness to the Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.” Learn more @trevorproject .
Dax, They/Them. . Dax wants to spread awareness about The Okra Project, a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever the organization can reach them. Learn more @theokraproject . @themthemerson
Dax, They/Them. . Dax wants to spread awareness about The Okra Project, a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever the organization can reach them. Learn more @theokraproject . @themthemerson
Matthew, He/Him. . “‘Dreams don’t die, so keep an eye on your dream’...ok, so I couldn’t have picked a cheesier Sondheim lyric to quote. But hear me out - a lot of today leaves much to be desired. I’ve tried to have a positive outlook through all of this, and passing that on to my private students and music performing colleagues. Recently, this has proved to be difficult with a job in the performing arts industry. However, I keep reminding myself of these words, and remember that even though the music has died for a bit, it will bounce back twice as strong. Looking forward to opportunity in 2021 🎉” . Matthew teaches private piano and voice lessons. To learn more / contact him, check out matthewscalaofficial.com !
Matthew, He/Him. . “‘Dreams don’t die, so keep an eye on your dream’...ok, so I couldn’t have picked a cheesier Sondheim lyric to quote. But hear me out - a lot of today leaves much to be desired. I’ve tried to have a positive outlook through all of this, and passing that on to my private students and music performing colleagues. Recently, this has proved to be difficult with a job in the performing arts industry. However, I keep reminding myself of these words, and remember that even though the music has died for a bit, it will bounce back twice as strong. Looking forward to opportunity in 2021 🎉” . Matthew teaches private piano and voice lessons. To learn more / contact him, check out matthewscalaofficial.com !
Siana, She/Her. . “The events of 2020 and the state of our nation are exhausting, but they can also be invigorating. We are living through an incredibly significant point in history. It is vital to try to tap into that and work to be on the right side of history.” . @siaeme12
Siana, She/Her. . “The events of 2020 and the state of our nation are exhausting, but they can also be invigorating. We are living through an incredibly significant point in history. It is vital to try to tap into that and work to be on the right side of history.” . @siaeme12
Tahj, They/Them. . Tahj is spending their days getting comfortable with the bigger spiders in one’s house, and listening to WMPG. . @tahjhebert
Tahj, They/Them. . Tahj is spending their days getting comfortable with the bigger spiders in one’s house, and listening to WMPG. . @tahjhebert
Joan, She/They. . “Radically love yourself. Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare”. - Audre Lorde. . “Also, vote please.”
Joan, She/They. . “Radically love yourself. Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare”. - Audre Lorde. . “Also, vote please.”
Sam, She/Her. . “Black Lives Matter. Black Voices Matter. Black Experiences Matter. Black Trauma Matters. Queer Black Lives Matter. Trans Black Lives Matter. Disabled Black Lives Matter. None of us are free until all of us are free, and an attack on any of us, is an attack on all of us.  With that said I would like to use this opportunity to speak less about myself and my own experiences and instead highlight some of the Instagram accounts created by or for POC that I have found impactful. The first account I really enjoy following and continuing to educate myself from is that of @jewel_thegem. Jewel is a self-identified queer POC, she describes herself as a “Rachet Revolutionary drive by her ancestors” and is the creator of @aratchetrealm which is a monthly Black Queer & Trans Centered Party Experience located in NY. Jewel and I went to college together and she has always been an outspoken, empowered activist- she works hard to create safe, intentional and inclusive spaces for Black Queer and Trans people. I would encourage anyone to check her out and follow her work on accountability, racial justice, and abolitionism. Another account I really enjoy is that of @femalecollective “which is an Instagram account where women are celebrated, uplifted, supported and empowered everyday” this account is managed by @candacereels who is a Digital Creator and POC. And lastly, a space I have really enjoyed during quarantine has been Sanctuary’s Virtual Strip club, which was created by @andre_shakti . Andre is a sex worker and founder of www.sanctuarytheclub.com , a virtual strip club that promotes and prioritizes Black, Brown, Trans and Queer sex workers. This space is actually where I met @cinnamonmaxxine who is a Portland, Maine based sex worker previously featured on @queersofgreaterportland .” . @samanthaelizabethphoto
Sam, She/Her. . “Black Lives Matter. Black Voices Matter. Black Experiences Matter. Black Trauma Matters. Queer Black Lives Matter. Trans Black Lives Matter. Disabled Black Lives Matter. None of us are free until all of us are free, and an attack on any of us, is an attack on all of us. With that said I would like to use this opportunity to speak less about myself and my own experiences and instead highlight some of the Instagram accounts created by or for POC that I have found impactful. The first account I really enjoy following and continuing to educate myself from is that of @jewel_thegem. Jewel is a self-identified queer POC, she describes herself as a “Rachet Revolutionary drive by her ancestors” and is the creator of @aratchetrealm which is a monthly Black Queer & Trans Centered Party Experience located in NY. Jewel and I went to college together and she has always been an outspoken, empowered activist- she works hard to create safe, intentional and inclusive spaces for Black Queer and Trans people. I would encourage anyone to check her out and follow her work on accountability, racial justice, and abolitionism. Another account I really enjoy is that of @femalecollective “which is an Instagram account where women are celebrated, uplifted, supported and empowered everyday” this account is managed by @candacereels who is a Digital Creator and POC. And lastly, a space I have really enjoyed during quarantine has been Sanctuary’s Virtual Strip club, which was created by @andre_shakti . Andre is a sex worker and founder of www.sanctuarytheclub.com , a virtual strip club that promotes and prioritizes Black, Brown, Trans and Queer sex workers. This space is actually where I met @cinnamonmaxxine who is a Portland, Maine based sex worker previously featured on @queersofgreaterportland .” . @samanthaelizabethphoto
Brendan, He/Him. . “I am a local Shaman. I have been on my Shaman path for 7 years. I have always been a spiritual seeker. I use my intuition and guidance to access my resources and connect with my spiritual community for other’s highest and greatest good. I use nature as my office, various forms of Reiki, Tai chi, crystal & sound healing, tree meditations, I practice animal Reiki, and I pet/farm sit, cleanse & clear home/spaces, and Shamanic cooking. I am here to hold a space, share some tools and help other’s find their light.  If I have said something that resonate with you and would like to explore that deeper, you may contact me at brendanothorpe@gmail.com.” .
Brendan, He/Him. . “I am a local Shaman. I have been on my Shaman path for 7 years. I have always been a spiritual seeker. I use my intuition and guidance to access my resources and connect with my spiritual community for other’s highest and greatest good. I use nature as my office, various forms of Reiki, Tai chi, crystal & sound healing, tree meditations, I practice animal Reiki, and I pet/farm sit, cleanse & clear home/spaces, and Shamanic cooking. I am here to hold a space, share some tools and help other’s find their light. If I have said something that resonate with you and would like to explore that deeper, you may contact me at brendanothorpe@gmail.com.” .
Charles, He/Him. . “I came out as bisexual later in life - first to myself, which was the most important part. But it wasn’t until after my dad died that I let myself date another man. Life is too short to live just half of who you are.” . @charlesforportland lives with his boyfriend in the West End and is running for State Representative in Portland, District 38. July 14 Democratic Primary.
Charles, He/Him. . “I came out as bisexual later in life - first to myself, which was the most important part. But it wasn’t until after my dad died that I let myself date another man. Life is too short to live just half of who you are.” . @charlesforportland lives with his boyfriend in the West End and is running for State Representative in Portland, District 38. July 14 Democratic Primary.
Logan (He/Him) & Josh (He/Him). . “June 2020 felt like the most impactful pride month of my life as I watched so many members of the Queer community standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and similar racial justice movements. Let’s not allow the end of pride month to be the end of our refreshed commitment to justice for all. This cannot be a passive commitment, and this work will not exclude our own problematic histories, but it is vital to do it anyway.” . @logan43000 @luca_joshlangtry
Logan (He/Him) & Josh (He/Him). . “June 2020 felt like the most impactful pride month of my life as I watched so many members of the Queer community standing in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and similar racial justice movements. Let’s not allow the end of pride month to be the end of our refreshed commitment to justice for all. This cannot be a passive commitment, and this work will not exclude our own problematic histories, but it is vital to do it anyway.” . @logan43000 @luca_joshlangtry
Anna, She/Her. . “Your Queer identity is not invalidated based on your relationship.” . @earlymorningsunlight
Anna, She/Her. . “Your Queer identity is not invalidated based on your relationship.” . @earlymorningsunlight
Heather, She/Her. . Heather is a social worker, runner, amateur gardener, momma to a colony of groundhogs. .
Heather, She/Her. . Heather is a social worker, runner, amateur gardener, momma to a colony of groundhogs. .
Shane, They/Them. . “Gender, sexuality, and relationships are all fluid. There's no shame in experimenting and finding what works best for you.” . @the_worst_rogue
Shane, They/Them. . “Gender, sexuality, and relationships are all fluid. There's no shame in experimenting and finding what works best for you.” . @the_worst_rogue
River, He/They. . “Before I moved to Portland and started making friends in the Queer community, the thought of coming out as Trans was too terrifying. But seeing out and proud Queer and Trans people “in real life” made it feel possible for me to start living authentically, too, even though it’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.” . @electrick.mp3
River, He/They. . “Before I moved to Portland and started making friends in the Queer community, the thought of coming out as Trans was too terrifying. But seeing out and proud Queer and Trans people “in real life” made it feel possible for me to start living authentically, too, even though it’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.” . @electrick.mp3
Jackie (She/Her). . Right before the pandemic really began, my ex wife and I decided to get a divorce (as great friends) which has added a fun twist to my experience. Trying to navigate social distancing guidelines while transitioning into separate households has been interesting and the social isolation that comes with it has definitely had its challenges. I have been very fortunate to have a great support system of friends, family, and partners that have been by my side as I figure out my new life as a newly single, queer, poly divorcee during a worldwide pandemic and I couldn't be more grateful. The queer community has been a safe haven for me and having that safety net during trying times is something that I will always appreciate. Happy Pride!🏳️‍🌈 . @buffalo_jackie
Jackie (She/Her). . Right before the pandemic really began, my ex wife and I decided to get a divorce (as great friends) which has added a fun twist to my experience. Trying to navigate social distancing guidelines while transitioning into separate households has been interesting and the social isolation that comes with it has definitely had its challenges. I have been very fortunate to have a great support system of friends, family, and partners that have been by my side as I figure out my new life as a newly single, queer, poly divorcee during a worldwide pandemic and I couldn't be more grateful. The queer community has been a safe haven for me and having that safety net during trying times is something that I will always appreciate. Happy Pride!🏳️‍🌈 . @buffalo_jackie
Cinnamon, They/Them. . Cinnamon is a Burlesque Performer and Performance Artist in Maine. Check out more of their work @cinnamonmaxxine !
Cinnamon, They/Them. . Cinnamon is a Burlesque Performer and Performance Artist in Maine. Check out more of their work @cinnamonmaxxine !
Kira, She/Her. . Kira is a teacher, my DnD partner in crime, and one of the kindest souls I’ve been lucky enough to meet. . @htiafarik
Kira, She/Her. . Kira is a teacher, my DnD partner in crime, and one of the kindest souls I’ve been lucky enough to meet. . @htiafarik
Katy, She/Her. . “Portland has been my home for 5 years and I’ll forever be thankful for the people who helped make that happen- I’ll miss it dearly.” . Wishing this wonderful human luck on the next big chapter of her life. @asllolbrb
Katy, She/Her. . “Portland has been my home for 5 years and I’ll forever be thankful for the people who helped make that happen- I’ll miss it dearly.” . Wishing this wonderful human luck on the next big chapter of her life. @asllolbrb
Tanner, He/Him. . Tanner is the organizer for GQB, a LGBTQ+ monthly social gathering based in Portland. . @tannerskilton
Tanner, He/Him. . Tanner is the organizer for GQB, a LGBTQ+ monthly social gathering based in Portland. . @tannerskilton
Michael, He/Him. . Michael is a Tolkien enthusiast, a great knower of mythology, a fantastic cat dad, DnD player, baker and drink maker, and a very dear friend. @michaelfrazier.62 . He sits with Grace, his roommate, a very cool human who runs her own running buff company, @saltsongrunporium filled with colorful, fantasy inspired buffs!
Michael, He/Him. . Michael is a Tolkien enthusiast, a great knower of mythology, a fantastic cat dad, DnD player, baker and drink maker, and a very dear friend. @michaelfrazier.62 . He sits with Grace, his roommate, a very cool human who runs her own running buff company, @saltsongrunporium filled with colorful, fantasy inspired buffs!
Elliot, He/Him. . Elliot is a burlesque performer, choreographer, and photographer based in Portland. . Check out his burlesque here @captain_eli_burlesque
Elliot, He/Him. . Elliot is a burlesque performer, choreographer, and photographer based in Portland. . Check out his burlesque here @captain_eli_burlesque
Madeline, She/They. . “Radical softness as a boundless form of resistance” - Be Oakley . @skullswebuild
Madeline, She/They. . “Radical softness as a boundless form of resistance” - Be Oakley . @skullswebuild
Justin, He/Him. . “Recovery is a process. It takes time and wholesome dedication. It takes everything you’ve got, and honestly, it makes you entirely bad-ass.” . @justinmoscone
Justin, He/Him. . “Recovery is a process. It takes time and wholesome dedication. It takes everything you’ve got, and honestly, it makes you entirely bad-ass.” . @justinmoscone
April (they/them) and Donovan (they/them) are celebrating their first dating anniversary today! Last year they met at @quillbooksandbeverage during a speed dating/friending event and after talking about cryptids, video games, and whatever else they could fit into 5 minutes, they decided to meet up again for a date (that's longer than a microwave dinner) which turned into what’s now their anniversary! . April is a digital artist (@autumn_in_april_art) and Donovan is a “disabled poc who does art when able” ( @dzh_art ). . Donovan has recently been forced to leave their home; if you have a moment to donate or share their GoFundME, please do! https://gf.me/u/x6uxhp
April (they/them) and Donovan (they/them) are celebrating their first dating anniversary today! Last year they met at @quillbooksandbeverage during a speed dating/friending event and after talking about cryptids, video games, and whatever else they could fit into 5 minutes, they decided to meet up again for a date (that's longer than a microwave dinner) which turned into what’s now their anniversary! . April is a digital artist (@autumn_in_april_art) and Donovan is a “disabled poc who does art when able” ( @dzh_art ). . Donovan has recently been forced to leave their home; if you have a moment to donate or share their GoFundME, please do! https://gf.me/u/x6uxhp
Tara (She/They) & Annie (She/Her). . Annie and Tara moved to Portland, Maine to escape big city life and start an edibles business called calmbound ( @calmboundofficial ). The two birds in their logo represent them: just a couple of lovebirds, moving toward progress, and making transformative, plant-based goods that taste good, feel good, and do good. . “We’re compassionate, sensitive, and we work with intention to inspire and create meaningful change, not just within the cannabis industry but in our greater society. Thank you for all the work you do too.” @annie.the.baker @maya.laventur
Tara (She/They) & Annie (She/Her). . Annie and Tara moved to Portland, Maine to escape big city life and start an edibles business called calmbound ( @calmboundofficial ). The two birds in their logo represent them: just a couple of lovebirds, moving toward progress, and making transformative, plant-based goods that taste good, feel good, and do good. . “We’re compassionate, sensitive, and we work with intention to inspire and create meaningful change, not just within the cannabis industry but in our greater society. Thank you for all the work you do too.” @annie.the.baker @maya.laventur
Shay (He/Him) and Emily (She/Her). . “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re going to keep fighting until people realize Black Trans Lives Matter. Thank you Portland for continuing to fight! 🤟🏻🤟🏼🤟🏽🤟🏾🤟🏿” . Donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/community-fund-for-blm-portland . @shay_wil @ebaranello
Shay (He/Him) and Emily (She/Her). . “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re going to keep fighting until people realize Black Trans Lives Matter. Thank you Portland for continuing to fight! 🤟🏻🤟🏼🤟🏽🤟🏾🤟🏿” . Donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/community-fund-for-blm-portland . @shay_wil @ebaranello
Ellen, They/Them. . “I’m happier now that the sun is out.”
Ellen, They/Them. . “I’m happier now that the sun is out.”
Kate, She/Her. . “Bisexuality and Pansexuality is something that can be overlooked a lot. I feel like this is a good way to get stories out, the stories that don't often get to be told.” . @jagthethief
Kate, She/Her. . “Bisexuality and Pansexuality is something that can be overlooked a lot. I feel like this is a good way to get stories out, the stories that don't often get to be told.” . @jagthethief
Marta, She/Her & her partner, Emily, She/Her. . Marta is a Queer financial advisor with Edward Jones wanting to work with Queer Businesses and the Queer community. . To reach out, her email is marta.haydym@edwardjones.com
Marta, She/Her & her partner, Emily, She/Her. . Marta is a Queer financial advisor with Edward Jones wanting to work with Queer Businesses and the Queer community. . To reach out, her email is marta.haydym@edwardjones.com
Cameron (He/Him) and Aymes (He/Him). . “We will get through this together. ❤️ to the Queer community!” @cameronwhedon . Every year they are married, they tattoo an additional bird to each of their arms.
Cameron (He/Him) and Aymes (He/Him). . “We will get through this together. ❤️ to the Queer community!” @cameronwhedon . Every year they are married, they tattoo an additional bird to each of their arms.
Alexis, She/Her. . “Be kind to each other.”
Alexis, She/Her. . “Be kind to each other.”
Kye, They/Them. . “I work at the Portland Hospital and see people at death's door constantly. It has put into perspective how dumb the invisible walls and chains capitalist society pins on us are. I'm Bisexual, Trans/Non-binary and punk, all of which had been deemed as ‘childish, unnatural, or dumb.’ Yet, I have never been happier than when I have accepted the parts of myself, and worn them as badges of pride rather than shame. Capitalism says we are unnatural because we are antithetical to its goals. It’s flipped—it’s unnatural, and our love is right.” @tropical_scream
Kye, They/Them. . “I work at the Portland Hospital and see people at death's door constantly. It has put into perspective how dumb the invisible walls and chains capitalist society pins on us are. I'm Bisexual, Trans/Non-binary and punk, all of which had been deemed as ‘childish, unnatural, or dumb.’ Yet, I have never been happier than when I have accepted the parts of myself, and worn them as badges of pride rather than shame. Capitalism says we are unnatural because we are antithetical to its goals. It’s flipped—it’s unnatural, and our love is right.” @tropical_scream
Darleen (She/Her) and Courtney (She/Her). . My good friend and her wife celebrate their 1st year wedding anniversary in the same space where they stood when they were married. . “She is my world.” @dardarlala @mamat7708
Darleen (She/Her) and Courtney (She/Her). . My good friend and her wife celebrate their 1st year wedding anniversary in the same space where they stood when they were married. . “She is my world.” @dardarlala @mamat7708
Sam, He/Him. . “I’d like to talk a little bit about the dissonance in the Trans community right now. I see a lot of people saying, ‘You have to have dysphoria to be Trans. You have to have gone through suffering to be apart of this community,’ and I entirely disagree. Why are we gate keeping within our own group? Don’t we get enough of that from cis people? I’d like to invite everyone to think more about euphoria, and how their gender is aligning in a positive light. Let’s stop tearing each other down and instead lift each other up. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you’re enough just the way you are. Happy Pride month everyone.” @samspads
Sam, He/Him. . “I’d like to talk a little bit about the dissonance in the Trans community right now. I see a lot of people saying, ‘You have to have dysphoria to be Trans. You have to have gone through suffering to be apart of this community,’ and I entirely disagree. Why are we gate keeping within our own group? Don’t we get enough of that from cis people? I’d like to invite everyone to think more about euphoria, and how their gender is aligning in a positive light. Let’s stop tearing each other down and instead lift each other up. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you’re enough just the way you are. Happy Pride month everyone.” @samspads
Anders, He/Him. . “You’ve got to be willing to lose everything to gain yourself.” I. Vanzant.  Worth noting: a very kind, thoughtful, and single person—difficult combination to come by nowadays!
Anders, He/Him. . “You’ve got to be willing to lose everything to gain yourself.” I. Vanzant. Worth noting: a very kind, thoughtful, and single person—difficult combination to come by nowadays!
Jon, He/Him. . “Thank you to the community for helping me feel at home here in the Greater Portland area. Being newly sober and in a new place is scary; however, the community has opened up to me and supported me as I navigate this new clear eyed world. With their support, I joined the Maine Gay Mens Chorus in 2018 and started my own Lawn and Landscaping business called Serenity Lawn and Landscaping. Without the support of the recovery or Queer communities, this would not have been possible.”
Jon, He/Him. . “Thank you to the community for helping me feel at home here in the Greater Portland area. Being newly sober and in a new place is scary; however, the community has opened up to me and supported me as I navigate this new clear eyed world. With their support, I joined the Maine Gay Mens Chorus in 2018 and started my own Lawn and Landscaping business called Serenity Lawn and Landscaping. Without the support of the recovery or Queer communities, this would not have been possible.”
Basil (pink hair), They/Them. Eli, all pronouns.  Basil @goddess_prince, Eli @elijaheking
Basil (pink hair), They/Them. Eli, all pronouns. Basil @goddess_prince, Eli @elijaheking
Stevie Pottle (They/Them) & Floyd. . “Thank you to the Queer community for giving me the space I needed to grow. 20 year old me would be so impressed with where I am.”
Stevie Pottle (They/Them) & Floyd. . “Thank you to the Queer community for giving me the space I needed to grow. 20 year old me would be so impressed with where I am.”
Benn, He/Him. . “Becoming your fully realized Queer self is a journey. You will try things and make mistakes. People who are heteronormative have so many guides along the way, that we as queer people don’t. Embrace the openness that comes with being part of a unique, diverse, and vibrant community.” @bennmay
Benn, He/Him. . “Becoming your fully realized Queer self is a journey. You will try things and make mistakes. People who are heteronormative have so many guides along the way, that we as queer people don’t. Embrace the openness that comes with being part of a unique, diverse, and vibrant community.” @bennmay
Lex, He/They & Alana, They/Them. . “In a time of so much death, we’ve found joy in growing new life. Urban gardens are beautiful and resilient. So are you.” . @alanabea @flexjackson
Lex, He/They & Alana, They/Them. . “In a time of so much death, we’ve found joy in growing new life. Urban gardens are beautiful and resilient. So are you.” . @alanabea @flexjackson
Declan, They/He.  New to Portland and proud of be a part of the Queer community. @_ifyouseek.ac_
Declan, They/He. New to Portland and proud of be a part of the Queer community. @_ifyouseek.ac_
Gwen, She/Her.  Gwen is a burlesque performer who teaches classes and preforms across Maine.  To learn more about her classes and shows, check out @kinky_slippers !
Gwen, She/Her. Gwen is a burlesque performer who teaches classes and preforms across Maine. To learn more about her classes and shows, check out @kinky_slippers !
Daniel/Danny, He/Him.  One of the kindest people I know. Check out his fashion blog @dapperlookbook & his personal @deaton_227 !
Daniel/Danny, He/Him. One of the kindest people I know. Check out his fashion blog @dapperlookbook & his personal @deaton_227 !
Liz, They/Them  Liz advocates for @blmportlandme and Louisville Community Bail Fund. “We stand in solidarity with Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities and it’s on us to educate ourselves.” - “The Stonewall Uprising was 5 days of rioting, looting, and VIOLENT protests against the police. These RIOTS, led by Black & Brown Trans & Queer folx were the catalyst for the reason we have LGBTQ rights today.”
Liz, They/Them Liz advocates for @blmportlandme and Louisville Community Bail Fund. “We stand in solidarity with Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities and it’s on us to educate ourselves.” - “The Stonewall Uprising was 5 days of rioting, looting, and VIOLENT protests against the police. These RIOTS, led by Black & Brown Trans & Queer folx were the catalyst for the reason we have LGBTQ rights today.”
Melissa, She/Her. A good friend and an educator with a collection of patterned clothing I’m deeply jealous of. IG @mweglein.art
Melissa, She/Her. A good friend and an educator with a collection of patterned clothing I’m deeply jealous of. IG @mweglein.art
Alicia, She/Her.  Friend, roommate, and extraordinary illustration artist. Check out her work IG @a.eafrati_art
Alicia, She/Her. Friend, roommate, and extraordinary illustration artist. Check out her work IG @a.eafrati_art
Lena, She/Her.  The first friend I made in Maine six years ago, and my wonderful florist roommate. IG @lena_pinwoman to check out her beautiful arrangements.
Lena, She/Her. The first friend I made in Maine six years ago, and my wonderful florist roommate. IG @lena_pinwoman to check out her beautiful arrangements.
"As June is just about here, I'd just like to shout out and wish everyone a Happy Pride Month."
"As June is just about here, I'd just like to shout out and wish everyone a Happy Pride Month."
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