Getting Real with Real Estate

By Shahida Keen, Realtor, Excellence Realty A few weeks ago, Shout Out, asked me to write a column about Real Estate.  I was simultaneously honored and daunted as Real Estate is so complex, that I wasn’t sure where to start. For me, my inner orientation has always pointed to social justice. Real estate embodies complexities of social justice, Maslow’s Hierarchy, climate change, family & personal … Continue reading Getting Real with Real Estate

Letter: Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Here are 3 things cisgender allies can do to help trans community.

By Ash Marie Havlin (They, Them, Theirs), Portland, Maine In recent weeks, the lives of transgender people have been put on the stage of national debate. The Trump administration has been pushing forward several initiatives to take protections away from gender variant people, ultimately with the intention of legislating our identities out of existence. These attempted measures are more than simply offensive, but have real … Continue reading Letter: Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Here are 3 things cisgender allies can do to help trans community.

Visiting Portland, Maine? A Local’s Top Restaurants To Nom Nom Nom.

If variety is the spice of life, then Portland, Maine, is sizzling hot. This summer, Portland, Maine, was named Bon Appetit’s 2018 Restaurant City of the Year. And the reaction has been swift among foodies and tourists as I’ve conversed with uber and lyft riders who decided to fly or drive here on a whim. And while the author of the Bon Appetit article is … Continue reading Visiting Portland, Maine? A Local’s Top Restaurants To Nom Nom Nom.

Queer safe spaces are disappearing, leaving queer and trans people with few options

Recently, I found myself passing through on Spring Street in Portland, Maine, past the old location of the Styxx Nightclub. In place of the once iconic grungy brick wall and steel railing, there’s now a patio and a fancy European restaurant in its place. This brought back memories of the 18+ nights Styxx used to host when I was a 19-year old “baby gay” (having … Continue reading Queer safe spaces are disappearing, leaving queer and trans people with few options

Teddy Burrage: My Open Resignation Letter from Pride Portland! to Portland LGBTQ Community

Dear Portland LGBTQ Community: I’ve recently come to the decision that I am resigning from my role as Events Chair on the Pride Portland! Steering Committee. It was my honor to be involved with such an important organization and to have a part in molding the 10 days of events as well as the parade and festival. Unfortunately, this labor of love and passion became … Continue reading Teddy Burrage: My Open Resignation Letter from Pride Portland! to Portland LGBTQ Community