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
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
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
Jo, They/Them. queer, non-binary/trans. Former restaurant worker turned welder. . “I spent the majority of my industrial welding career as a boilermaker. There I found all the excitement, travel, adrenaline, accolades and money I had ever wanted. However, in the Spring of 2020 a veil was lifted, and I had to remove myself from the toxic environment I had so deeply embraced and adapted to. The racism, sexism and homophobia was rampant, and I suddenly realized how complacent I had become. I had taken on a mask of toxic masculinity as a survival mechanism, and not only that but I had subconsciously become a raging capitalist.  When I left, I took time to heal. I began working on identifying how I had allowed myself to fall so deeply into this harmful culture. As I began studying my own racist and sexist tendencies, I was suddenly awakened to the fact that I had been able to blend in so easily because I myself identified as one of the boys, one of the straight white males who coasted through life with all the privilege in the world. And this was in fact how I discovered my transness.  Eventually I came to the realization that the only way to make the trades a safe place would be to dilute the current demographic. People's Inclusive Welding was established with the hope of creating a new wave of tradespeople, one that does not participate in the gatekeeping and toxic behavior of the current skilled trades industry. I am so lucky to have found an amazing team to support me and my dream of creating an inclusive welding school in which ALL demographics of folks can feel safe. PIW is the program I wish I had had as a queer person. It's my reparation for the complacency I adopted, and it's my version of mutual aid to folks who want a leg up into a new career. It's a dream come true to see it come to fruition, and I can't wait to see where we go from here.” . @peoples_inclusive_welding @joey_hussey42069
Jo, They/Them. queer, non-binary/trans. Former restaurant worker turned welder. . “I spent the majority of my industrial welding career as a boilermaker. There I found all the excitement, travel, adrenaline, accolades and money I had ever wanted. However, in the Spring of 2020 a veil was lifted, and I had to remove myself from the toxic environment I had so deeply embraced and adapted to. The racism, sexism and homophobia was rampant, and I suddenly realized how complacent I had become. I had taken on a mask of toxic masculinity as a survival mechanism, and not only that but I had subconsciously become a raging capitalist. When I left, I took time to heal. I began working on identifying how I had allowed myself to fall so deeply into this harmful culture. As I began studying my own racist and sexist tendencies, I was suddenly awakened to the fact that I had been able to blend in so easily because I myself identified as one of the boys, one of the straight white males who coasted through life with all the privilege in the world. And this was in fact how I discovered my transness. Eventually I came to the realization that the only way to make the trades a safe place would be to dilute the current demographic. People's Inclusive Welding was established with the hope of creating a new wave of tradespeople, one that does not participate in the gatekeeping and toxic behavior of the current skilled trades industry. I am so lucky to have found an amazing team to support me and my dream of creating an inclusive welding school in which ALL demographics of folks can feel safe. PIW is the program I wish I had had as a queer person. It's my reparation for the complacency I adopted, and it's my version of mutual aid to folks who want a leg up into a new career. It's a dream come true to see it come to fruition, and I can't wait to see where we go from here.” . @peoples_inclusive_welding @joey_hussey42069
René, She/Her . “I am a queer, black, indigenous, South African, activist who has been living on stolen Wabanki Land for 31 years. I serve as Founder and Lead consultant of Embodied Equity, a small local LLC and Healing Arts Center, founded in 2018. As well as Lead Designer for The Ensemble of Color, a local nonprofit theater and performance collective, found it in 2015. I have always been a standard in this community. Very ecstaticly in my Black Femme Queerness. I am a walking demonstration of self love, of joy, of freedom. I am changing the world every day by changing myself.” . @renegoddessonstolenland
René, She/Her . “I am a queer, black, indigenous, South African, activist who has been living on stolen Wabanki Land for 31 years. I serve as Founder and Lead consultant of Embodied Equity, a small local LLC and Healing Arts Center, founded in 2018. As well as Lead Designer for The Ensemble of Color, a local nonprofit theater and performance collective, found it in 2015. I have always been a standard in this community. Very ecstaticly in my Black Femme Queerness. I am a walking demonstration of self love, of joy, of freedom. I am changing the world every day by changing myself.” . @renegoddessonstolenland
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!
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
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
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
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.”
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
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_
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mat, He/Him . “I’ve always been a very curious person, motivated by the feeling of awe. Not just thrill seeking but rather the connection between myself and the world around me, a connection that intensifies every time I lose myself in wonder. So, I suppose that’s how I like to live my life, in search of wonder and awe – whether that be in people, places, experiences or more often than not, the natural world.  Someone recently described me as an experience collector, and that resonated with me greatly. Since a young age I’ve recognized the danger in sacrificing experiences and what our soul needs now, by banking on the idea we could get to it later. It seldom seemed to work out for anyone, as the future is wildly unpredictable. I understood who I wanted to be and how I wanted to live by observing so many adults I never wanted to become. I hope that doesn’t sound cold but it’s true. As a people we’ve become horribly disconnected from the natural world and forced into a system often designed to dim our light – and I’ve never wanted anything to do with that.  So I try my best to live intentionally, kindly and with passion. I have travelled the world, embarked on unbelievable adventures, and met the most beautiful people along the way. It’s not been easy and at times its been incredibly messy, but I’m happy. Not that I want to leave this world tomorrow – but if I did, I am content. Seriously. Everything past this moment just seems like a bonus round. And who knows, perhaps when it’s my turn to be an old man, a young queer kid will look at me and say – hell, that’s someone I’d like to be someday. . Proudly helping queers buy/sell homes Mat@sellingmainehomes.com *Your local Queerestate Agent*” . Adventures, travels & other shenanigans: IG: Viva.la.aventura TikTok: MadeinMaine
Mat, He/Him . “I’ve always been a very curious person, motivated by the feeling of awe. Not just thrill seeking but rather the connection between myself and the world around me, a connection that intensifies every time I lose myself in wonder. So, I suppose that’s how I like to live my life, in search of wonder and awe – whether that be in people, places, experiences or more often than not, the natural world. Someone recently described me as an experience collector, and that resonated with me greatly. Since a young age I’ve recognized the danger in sacrificing experiences and what our soul needs now, by banking on the idea we could get to it later. It seldom seemed to work out for anyone, as the future is wildly unpredictable. I understood who I wanted to be and how I wanted to live by observing so many adults I never wanted to become. I hope that doesn’t sound cold but it’s true. As a people we’ve become horribly disconnected from the natural world and forced into a system often designed to dim our light – and I’ve never wanted anything to do with that. So I try my best to live intentionally, kindly and with passion. I have travelled the world, embarked on unbelievable adventures, and met the most beautiful people along the way. It’s not been easy and at times its been incredibly messy, but I’m happy. Not that I want to leave this world tomorrow – but if I did, I am content. Seriously. Everything past this moment just seems like a bonus round. And who knows, perhaps when it’s my turn to be an old man, a young queer kid will look at me and say – hell, that’s someone I’d like to be someday. . Proudly helping queers buy/sell homes Mat@sellingmainehomes.com *Your local Queerestate Agent*” . Adventures, travels & other shenanigans: IG: Viva.la.aventura TikTok: MadeinMaine
Roux, He/Him . “My philosophy on business is to be serious about what you do but have fun doing it. Let it live in the part of you that you love, that you look forward to seeing every day. That’s where you will find creativity, inspiration, and motivation to keep doing what you do best.” . @thepinkwaffleme @_r0ux_
Roux, He/Him . “My philosophy on business is to be serious about what you do but have fun doing it. Let it live in the part of you that you love, that you look forward to seeing every day. That’s where you will find creativity, inspiration, and motivation to keep doing what you do best.” . @thepinkwaffleme @_r0ux_
Connor, He/Him . “Home grown Portlander and Hair stylist at the Raven salon. Hair is my art and I love making people feel beautiful, and confident. I enjoy helping people express their individuality with unique styles.” . @connorboulaystylist
Connor, He/Him . “Home grown Portlander and Hair stylist at the Raven salon. Hair is my art and I love making people feel beautiful, and confident. I enjoy helping people express their individuality with unique styles.” . @connorboulaystylist
Em, She/They . “My magical practice is rooted in the alchemy of queerness, the ability to shape shift on a whim and thrive in a world that is often hostile to many aspects of my identity. I feel like "outing" myself as a witch has been similar to coming out as a queer femme, it's always been a core part of my soul, but I felt afraid to embrace it because of the violence and misogyny associated with witchcraft. I prioritize authenticity above all, and use my learned and intrinsic power as a healer to help clients reclaim themselves as sovereign beings. I use esoteric tools like tarot and energy work to gain clarity on what would serve their needs best. I believe that healing magic should be accessible to all, and would love to help support folks on their journeys! Feel free to reach out if my work resonates." . @west_end_witch
Em, She/They . “My magical practice is rooted in the alchemy of queerness, the ability to shape shift on a whim and thrive in a world that is often hostile to many aspects of my identity. I feel like "outing" myself as a witch has been similar to coming out as a queer femme, it's always been a core part of my soul, but I felt afraid to embrace it because of the violence and misogyny associated with witchcraft. I prioritize authenticity above all, and use my learned and intrinsic power as a healer to help clients reclaim themselves as sovereign beings. I use esoteric tools like tarot and energy work to gain clarity on what would serve their needs best. I believe that healing magic should be accessible to all, and would love to help support folks on their journeys! Feel free to reach out if my work resonates." . @west_end_witch
Lexi Lynn, She/Her . “2021 was a true year of change for me. I entered the year a closeted Trans-female in the depths of depression and severely abusing alcohol to deal with the internal shame I had manifested for 33 long years (to be honest I had resigned myself to a fate of drinking myself to death). After 3 amazing months in a substance abuse treatment center and with the help of my family and my new rehab family (including the amazing staff) and the recovery community I built afterwards, I was able to gain the confidence to not only come out to the world as Lexi but to be unapologetically the real me 24/7. And that’s what I have done ever since, and I’ve never been happier. I left my 10-year corporate finance job for a “get-well” job following my passion for cooking and becoming a Prep Cook at Fore Street Restaurant. I’ve started an online recipe website along with a cookie business I run out of my apartment at www.LexisBitchinTransKitchen.com (I found a hidden talent for cookies while cooking staff meal at work). But my favorite outcome of 2021 is living in an awesome apartment in the West End of Portland with two cuddly cats (Ashes and Kiki) and my amazing platonic partner, Alyssa. What’s the lesson I've learned the past 14 months, it’s that the freedom of just being yourself can truly open you up to worlds you never thought were possible and it doesn’t take long at all." . @lexisbitchintranskitchen
Lexi Lynn, She/Her . “2021 was a true year of change for me. I entered the year a closeted Trans-female in the depths of depression and severely abusing alcohol to deal with the internal shame I had manifested for 33 long years (to be honest I had resigned myself to a fate of drinking myself to death). After 3 amazing months in a substance abuse treatment center and with the help of my family and my new rehab family (including the amazing staff) and the recovery community I built afterwards, I was able to gain the confidence to not only come out to the world as Lexi but to be unapologetically the real me 24/7. And that’s what I have done ever since, and I’ve never been happier. I left my 10-year corporate finance job for a “get-well” job following my passion for cooking and becoming a Prep Cook at Fore Street Restaurant. I’ve started an online recipe website along with a cookie business I run out of my apartment at www.LexisBitchinTransKitchen.com (I found a hidden talent for cookies while cooking staff meal at work). But my favorite outcome of 2021 is living in an awesome apartment in the West End of Portland with two cuddly cats (Ashes and Kiki) and my amazing platonic partner, Alyssa. What’s the lesson I've learned the past 14 months, it’s that the freedom of just being yourself can truly open you up to worlds you never thought were possible and it doesn’t take long at all." . @lexisbitchintranskitchen
Hedda Campbell, She/Her, will be leading our flower crown making workshop this Saturday June 11th at @brunswicktopsham land trust! The event is fully booked, but reach out to be added to the waitlist. We can’t wait to see all those who have registered there! . Hedda is the person behind Primal Blossoms landcrafting & plantcare based in Southern Maine. In her work she strives to take an integrative approach to blend the needs of local flora and fauna with site specific preferences, giving outdoor spaces freedom to thrive long term.
Hedda Campbell, She/Her, will be leading our flower crown making workshop this Saturday June 11th at @brunswicktopsham land trust! The event is fully booked, but reach out to be added to the waitlist. We can’t wait to see all those who have registered there! . Hedda is the person behind Primal Blossoms landcrafting & plantcare based in Southern Maine. In her work she strives to take an integrative approach to blend the needs of local flora and fauna with site specific preferences, giving outdoor spaces freedom to thrive long term.
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