ShoutOut Maine is a multimedia platform that seeks to lift up Maine’s queer voices and provide intersectional perspectives on news, life, arts and culture, music, and various aspects of queer life in Maine.
The opinions expressed in individual articles and posts are those of the author and do not represent the views of ShoutOut Maine as a whole.
Marpheen Chann, Founder
Marpheen is a LGBTQ, immigrants, and social justice advocate in Maine, specifically in the Greater Portland region. He writes and speaks about diversity and inclusion, intersectionality, and his experiences being born into a refugee family and later adopted by a white working class in rural Maine. He serves on the board of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center and holds a J.D. from Maine Law and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine.
Erika L. Allen: I’m Erika L Allen, she/her/hers. I’m a femme, southern transplant and ex-farmer working as a professional feminist. I absolutely love writing about nonsense. I’m inspired by Virgie Tovar, Rihanna‘s new make-up line (FENTY Beauty), and every issue of my Martha Stewart Magazine subscription.
The Babe & The Bro Podcast: The Babe and The Bro is designed to let our listeners vent about their experiences with the patriarchy, dudes, isms, or whatever. Hosts, college pals Kelsea Dunham and Dan Jandreau with really different backgrounds, check their voicemails from listeners and use those experiences to center their conversations on the podcast. Featuring education, pop culture, guest experts (and cats!), long tangents, and current events!
Liz Bilodeau: Liz Bilodeau is a 20-something lesbian. She’s a social worker, love’s helping people, drawing, knitting, watching Netflix and listening to music.
Haley Foydel: Hiya! I use she/her pronouns at the moment. I have been in Maine (first midcoast, now Portland) for about two years after stints in a bunch of other cities. I coach a competitive swim team for youth at the Y on High Street, which is the best job I’ve ever had. I love Portland because it’s the first city in a while where I truly feel like a part of the community – both Portland as a whole, and the queer community that I’ve found here.
Quinn Gormley (she/her/hers, they/them/theirs): Quinn first went to a MaineTransNet meeting in 2012 having never met another trans person in her life. She immediately fell in love with the MTN community and raised her hand to volunteer. Quinn has served every role for MTN since that day, including group participant and facilitator, Outreach Volunteer, Board Member, President, and now Executive Director. Originally from Damariscotta, Quinn now lives in Portland with her wife Hannah, dog, cats, rabbits, and chickens. She is a graduate of the Carpenters boat shop in Pemaquid Maine and an alumna of the Emerge Maine Democratic Women’s Candidate training program.
Kylie Groat: Kylie Groat likes to use the following to describe herself: bisexual, femme, person of faith, accidental vegan, dog mom, writer, coffee addict. Her writing can occasionally be found in the Portland Phoenix or in Seventeen’s LGBTQ section Here. She lives in Portland, Maine with her partner & their veritable zoo of fur children.
Our Cheeky Travels: Two Maine gayboys, Ethan and Dave, abroad traveling the world.