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Thursday October 18 2018

 

Friday June 8 2017

Keshet Conversations
5:30pm - 7pm, Coffee By Design, 1 Diamond St.

The rainbow is the universal symbol of inclusion recognized around the world for its message of diversity and understanding. Keshet (rainbow) Conversations is a place for the affirmation of those values. Join as Temple Beth El’s Keshet Committee, Congregation Bet Ha’am and leaders from around the region come together for a monthly gathering of LGBTQ+ individuals and allies in the community. Conversations are peer led and hosted at various locations around Portland. People of all faiths and organizations are welcome for this open initiative to benefit all those in need of a place to connect.


SAGE Community Supper
6pm - 8pm, St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State Street

Join SAGE Maine for SAGE Table Portland - a community supper for LGBTQ older adults and allies.
St. Luke Lower Parish Hall - limited free parking entrance off Park Street in the back of the church.
Please RSVP to this page or sagemaine.greaterportland@gmail.com for this very popular event.
Suggested donation is $6.00 for those over 60 and $8.00 for those under 60 or from out-of-state. Feel free to bring a dish to add to the table - it is not expected but always appreciated.


2017 EVENTS

Timeless: An Intergenerational Pride Prom
7pm - 10pm, The Woodfords Club, 179 Woodfords Street

THE OFFICIAL PRIDE WEEK KICKOFF EVENT! TIMELESS: INTERGENERATIONAL DANCE PARTY! PLENTY OF FREE PARKING! PRIDE PORTLAND and SAGE Maine have teamed up for this great way to start your PRIDE celebrations! We'll have dancing, hors d'oevres, a cash bar, and the best dance tunes spun by the phenomenal DJ D'Ernamo. Prom dresses and tux?? Sure! Or just pick a decade to guide your apparel choice. Whatever your attire, know this is one prom where your authentic self is free to soar! $10 suggested donation. Ages 21+ You must RSVP to save your place – Tickets are limited to 200 and reservations are going fast! 
Donations will be taken at the door.

** We are committed to making our events accessible to the whole community. Most Pride Portland! hosted events feature ASL interpretation. If you require a specific accommodation, please email us at accessibility@prideportland.org **


Saturday June 9

Gay Birding
9am - Noon, Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth

Spend a beautiful morning hiking along the mouth of the Presumpscot River on a guided tour of the local fauna and flora. This all ages event is put on in partnership with the Maine Audubon Society. Guided tour to begin promptly at 9:00am and end no later than 10:00am, followed by two hours of freeform birding. Be sure to bring your binoculars!


Querying the Past: "Bar Stories," the Lesbian Home Movie Project, and "Eulogy for the Dyke Bar"
7pm - 10pm, One Longfellow Square

A series of films about local LGBTQ history, beginning with "Bar Stories" by filmmaker Betsy Carson, a 45 minute film featuring short bar stories from locals. This will be followed by “Lavender Hijinks, Marriages, Closets & Delights” and film clips from the Lesbian Home Movie Project. Finally we'll screen a 10 minute film piece by filmmaker Isabel Farrington called "Eulogy for the Dyke Bar," exploring the installation piece by Macon Reed by the same name. Free and open to the public. 


Sunday June 10

Trans Picnic and Protest
2pm - 5pm, Sumner Park

MaineTransNet’s Annual Portland Trans Pride Potluck Picnic in the Park! This year we’re adding an optional protest and visibility event prior to the picnic. Trans folks and allies are welcome to bring food, games, and celebratory moods to enjoy an afternoon of community and fresh air. Protest location will be announced on Facebook the week of Pride.


Bad Movies For Good Causes, with Thee Invisible College
Doors at 6:30pm - 11:30pm, 142 High Street Suite 626

Since 2016, Thee Invisible College has been hosting bad movies for good causes in order to fun THE RESISTANCE against the forces of tyranny and superstition that are attempting to take over our country. No genre, director or country of origin is safe from our discerning eye! Come join in the resistance for a very, very, very special Pride Edition of the ICR film series. The film studies department has selected a double feature of campy films for your pleasure: Mahogany (1975, dir. Barry Gordy, Jr.) begins at 7pm and Valley of the Dolls (1967, dir. Steve Antin) begins at 9:15pm. Bring a blanket and some pillows and camp out sleepover style on the floor while we project the movies on the wall. This is an alcohol free event but popcorn and cake will be provided. The studio is wheelchair accessible and closed captioning is available for the films. Questions or late-entry should contact Ren at 207.450.2732


"195 Lewis" and Yaani Supreme
7pm - 9pm, SPACE Gallery

195 LEWIS is a dramedy series about a group of women navigating the realities of being Black, queer, and poly in New York City.
We'll be joined by YAANI SUPREME, co-creator of 195 LEWIS.
Jade Foster aka Yaani Supreme, is committed to making the arts accessible, especially when it comes to the literary arts and queer audiences. Under her national poetry tour, The Revival and subsequent bookstore, she's galvanized thousands of queer women of color around 'the word.' She currently serves on the Mayor's Advisory Committee for LGBT affairs in Washington DC. Her critically acclaimed works include writing, producing, and/or featuring in critically acclaimed works such as Sekiya Dorsett's WOMEN AND THE WORD: THE REVIVAL MOVIE, Chanelle Aponte Pearson's "195 Lewis," The Artchitects' THE PECULIAR KIND and forthcoming, Darren Mallet debut short film, BODYMORE.
This event is presented by the FOR US, BY US FUND and BLOODLETTING with support from the SAM L. COHEN FOUNDATION. Part of Pride Portland.


Monday June 11

LGBTQ Health Conference and Testing Clinic
2pm - 5:30pm, SPACE Gallery

Local organizations such as India Street, Frannie Peabody, and Planned Parenthood will be staffing tables with information about their services and offering free, private on-site testing (rapid, blood draws, and swabs available) with results counseling provided. PrEP and PEP navigation will also be available. All ages interested in learning about sexual health, wellness, and safe practice are welcome. Suggested donations will be taken at the door, with no one turned away due to lack of funds.


Trans/Queer Inclusive Sex Ed. Panel
6:30pm - 8:30pm, SPACE Gallery

Join Pride Portland & Speak About It for an inclusive sex ed panel of local sexperts and sex educators. This will not be your average sex ed class! Expect discussions to be inclusive of various identities and expressions of gender, (a)sexuality, and queerness within intimate contexts. 
We're so excited to welcome a team of awesome Portland humans to the panel. Bring your questions! They'll have answers. And more questions!
Ren Morrill (Frannie Peabody Center)
Bee Kay (MESH)
Quinn Gormley (MaineTransNet)
Cassie Burows (PPNNE)
moderated by Shane Diamond (Speak About It)

All ages interested in learning about sexual health, wellness, and safe practice are welcome. 
Doors for panel at 6:30pm, event at 7:00pm.
Free or sliding scale donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Queer Poetry Slam
7pm - 9pm, Quill Books, 1 Westbrook Common, Westbrook

A fun and powerful evening of queer poetry, and delicious food at Greater Portland's new queer themed bookstore and cafe. Hear from some of Portland's greatest queer poets, or sign up yourself. Hosted by MaineTransNet.


Tuesday June 12

"Unlikely Harbingers: The Unique Message of Clergy from LGBT and Other Traditionally Marginalized Populations in Our Time" with Rabbi Gadi Capela
5:30pm, Temple Beth El

This event will offer an opportunity for dialogue, new connections, and reflection on the challenges the Jewish LGBT and other traditionally marginalized populations have faced and continue to face, both in the U.S. and in Israel. Rabbi Gadi Capela, the spiritual leader of Congregation Tifereth Israel in Greenport, NY will offer his unique perspective on what it means and how to create a welcoming and inclusive community. Rabbi Gadi was born and raised in Israel and moved to New York in 1995 after completing his military service as a lieutenant in a rescue unit. He was ordained in 2012 from the Jewish Theological Seminary and is among other things the founder of Project Genesis Interfaith - an organization devoted to Jewish-Christian adult education to promote inter-religous harmony in Israel and abroad.


Coming Out Story Night, by PFLAG and GLSEN
7pm - 10pm, SPACE Gallery

LGBTQ+ people have the unique experience of needing to come out to their family, partners, friends, and community at some point in their lives. For some it can be a humorous experience that can be remembered fondly, while others face adversity and hardship for years. There are stark generational differences as well as differences between sexuality and gender identity coming out experiences. This story night hopes to explore these captivating personal narratives. 
Co-presented by Pride PortlandGLSEN-Southern Maine, & PFLAG National
Doors at 6:30pm, event at 7:00pm.
Free or sliding scale donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Wednesday June 13

Speak About It
Doors at 6pm, performance from 6:30pm - 8pm, Portland Stage (Mainstage)

Do you love consent, do you think healthy relationships are the bomb dot com? Do you know a young person in your life who could benefit from having an open, inclusive, and honest conversation about sex and sexuality?

Our hour long performance about consent, boundaries, and healthy relationships is the perfect way to start the conversation at any age and learn about healthy communication around sex, dating, and hooking up. Seen by hundreds of thousands of students across the country, the show is comprised of true stories and skits that include myriad identities and experiences.

Content warning/age advisory: Speak About It covers a range of experiences, including both healthy relationships and sexual assault. We recommend the show for folks ages 13 and over. While designed for students, the show is impactful for all, and adults are also encouraged to attend and learn. 

Co-hosted by Pride Portland.


Fluid
9pm - 1am, Flask Lounge

Join us at Flask Lounge during Pride week for Fluid, a dance party with guest DJ Qwerewolf and our resident, Double Dessert! This is the one year anniversary of one of Portland's only nights celebrating bisexual, pansexual and queer identities. Come shake your booty! 

21+

There will be a suggested donation of $3-$5, 100% of donations will be going to the MaineTransNet's Name Change Legal Fund, which helps low income transgender Mainers cover the costs to change their name. Learn more here.


Hedwig and the Angry Inch
8:30pm - 10:30pm, Bayside Bowl

A German emigrant living in a trailer in Kansas is the victim of a botched sex-change operation. Adapted from the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock theater hit, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" tells the story of the "internationally ignored" rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for stardom and love. Be sure to come by early, as space on the rooftop deck is limited and fills up fast on a first-come-first-served basis. Screening to begin at sundown, come secure good seating before 8. Free and open to the public.


Thursday June 14

Get Free: Mini Ball & Dance Party
9pm - Midnight, Mechanics Hall

- Celebrating vogue, ballroom, and cultural contributions by queer people of color - 
Free & All Ages
Mini Ball with Prizes!

CATEGORIES:
Runway
Best Dressed
Realness
Performance(Vogue)

SPECIAL GUESTS: 
Skyshaker & Rozay LaBejia (NYC)

Local Support from:
Jackmaster Flash and Aquarius Funkk

With production support from Hi Tiger & The Maine Center for Electronic Music

More information here


Portland Intown Contra Dance 2nd Anniversary
7pm - 10pm, State Street Church

A night for zesty, joyful dancing on the peninsula in Portland, Maine, and find ways to enjoy each other's company when we're not on the floor. We're teaching and practicing traditions, contributing to an evolving art form, and welcoming new dancers to our community every week. We dance with partners, and with everybody in the room. It doesn't matter what gender you are - you can boogie in both dance roles. Come alone or bring a friend!


SOLD OUT - EqualityMaine Spirit of Pride Cruise: "A Disco Affair" 
Boarding from Casablanca Cruises on Custom House Wharf at 5:30pm, Cruise 6pm - 9pm

THE CRUISE IS SOLD OUT! Please email Chris at coconnor@equalitymaine.org to be placed on the wait list. It is likely that we will have some spots open up! 


Join us for our annual pride celebration...
A Disco Affair aboard the Casablanca!
Thursday, June 14
Boarding at 5:30pm
Cruise from 6-9pm
Casablanca Cruises, 18 Custom House Wharf, Portland
Ages: 21+
Dancing all night with D.j. Jodi and a special performance by Ophelia Johnson!
Cash Bar
Food generously donated by La Bodega Latina Grocery Store.
We'll have our traditional raffle with awesome giveaways and prizes for the BEST DRESSED disco partiers!
Tickets: $35 per person
*Limited to the first 150 people due to capacity of the ship.
All ticket proceeds directly support our program initiatives through the EqualityMaine Foundation!


"I Sing Out!" with the Maine Gay Men's Chorus and Women in Harmony
7:30pm, Portland Players Theater, South Portland


Friday June 15

Trans 101: Workshop for Allies
1:00pm - 3:00pm, Wishcamper Center, USM, Room 203

MaineTransNet will present its “Tour for Trans Allies” on Friday June 15th at 1pm at the University of Southern Maine as part of the Pride Portland festivities. The event is free and open to all local community members. 

The two-hour workshop will include a presentation on basic terminology, an interactive discussion on how to ask for and use a transgender person’s pronouns, and a group discussion on what it means to be an ally to transgender people in Maine. Following the presentation, participants can ask questions to a panel of local transgender people and allies about their lives and what it’s like to be transgender in rural Maine. 

Allies play an important role in transgender people’s lives, especially in rural communities. According to the 2015 US Transgender Survey, 41% of transgender people attempt suicide in their lifetimes--often when faced with discrimination, and isolation. This risk is reduced when transgender people have supportive allies among their friends, family, and employers.


Dyke March
5pm - 7:30pm, Plaza in front of the Equality Community Center, 511 Congress Street

Since 2005, Portland’s Dyke March has sought to claim space, to make that space better for the expression of our truths, and to command visibility. We move to empower self-determination and to recognize the complexity of our experiences, welcoming any person who feels that participating in this march is important to their story. 


Join us to make posters / signs / march art at 5:00pm in the Equality Community Center.
Rally outside 511 Congress at 5:30 - 6pm. 
March from 511 Congress to Post Office Park on Exchange St.
Rally at Post Office Park for speakers and music! 6:30-7:30pm

** We are committed to making our events accessible to the whole community. Most Pride Portland! hosted events feature ASL interpretation. If you require a specific accommodation, please email us at accessibility@prideportland.org **


LOOK! Big Queer Variety Show & Dance Party
8pm - 1am, PortCity Music Hall

Hosted by:
Step Mother & Bunny Wonderland

Featuring:
Aquarius Funkk
Sarah Violette Music and RENÉE Coolbrith
Nyanen
JanaeSound
Mr. & Mrs. Fucksmart
Famine Supermodel

Presented by:
Pride Portland
Speak About It
Knack Factory
neon9 Productions

Sound by:
Jackmaster Flash
Michael Koherian

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$5 Suggested Donation
18+


Queer Heaven: The 2018 Outright Prom
7pm - 10pm, SPACE Gallery

The Outright Prom is our annual celebration of LGBTQ+ young people in Maine. Each year we celebrate young people who are organizers, advocates, community builders, and leaders, who put their hearts and bodies on the line each day in service of queer/trans liberation, by throwing them a party. This is a night of tenderness, power, and solidarity. Youth-only, please: ages 14-22. The Outright Prom is a substance-free event. More information on Facebook.


"I Sing Out!" with the Maine Gay Men's Chorus and Marimba Cabaret
7:30pm, Portland Players Theater, South Portland

What’s a marimba? Like a xylophone, but bigger and more fabulous — just like Brian. Brian Calhoon’s Marimba Cabaret is an evening of songs and stories featuring musical theater, pop hits and classical covers re-imagined for marimba, vibraphone and voice. Directed and accompanied by percussionist Greg Jukes, Brian will sing, play marimba, confess, and (at times) stand 7-feet tall. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry and sing along, there’s something for everyone in this dynamic, heartfelt evening. See what happens when a classically-trained percussionist with a love of theater –and killer shoes– puts on a show. Brian finally came out of the musical closet and embraced his eclectic tastes in music. Recent shows feature covers from Broadway legends Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Tom Kitt, and Stephen Schwartz next to pop icons like Adele, Whitney Houston, Alanis Morissette, Radiohead and Outkast — with a little Disney princess mash-up for good measure. More information on Facebook.


Saturday June 16

Open Hearts and Open Doors: An Interfaith Pride Service
10am, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress Street

Before the parade & the festival on Saturday, let us join together to celebrate the many faces of community through music, prayer stories, and song. Accessible and affirming!


Pride Portland! Parade
Line-up Starts at 10am in Monument Square, Parade Starts at Noon and ends in Deering Oaks Park

Pride Portland! Festival
1pm - 5pm, Deering Oaks Park

The Pride Portland! Parade & Festival is the biggest celebration of the week, bringing thousands of people together to carry the flag through the streets of Portland, culminating with the celebration in Deering Oaks Park. We seek to highlight accessibility, activism, and advocacy. This includes making the festival as accessible to as many members of our Greater Portland LGBTQ+ community as possible. The wide array of participating organizations and business makes for a veritable resource fair, accompanied by inspiration and entertainment on stage. There will be an area specially catering to families with young children, and the whole park is an alcohol- and tobacco-free environment. Food will be available for purchase, with some seating nearby, along with lawn seating. Bathrooms, including 3 fully accessible ones, will be onsite. Shuttles to off-site parking may also be available.


Gay Side Story: The Musical and its Impact on our Community
4:30pm - 6pm, Talbot Lecture Hall, Luther Bonney Hall, 86 Bedford Street, USM Portland Campus

In 1983, community members wrote and performed a version of West Side Story as part of the Maine Gay Symposium X. Come and see scenes from that performance, watch members of the original cast perform “Gee, Officer Krupke”, and engage with a panel of cast and crew to revisit why the performance was important then and how it relates to challenges we face today. The event will raise funds to support USM's LGBTQ+ Collection.


EqualityMaine Dance Party
Saturday Evening, PortCity Music Hall

EqualityMaine Pride Portland Dance Party
with @DJ Foxy , DJ Stevie Psyclone, Ophelia Johnson
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME
Click here for $10 Advance Tickets / $15 Day of Show
This event is ages 18 and over

Dancing with DJ Foxy from Portland and DJ Stevie Psyclone from Club Cafe in Boston!
Special performances by Ophelia Johnson and more!

*Sliding scale/pay what you can tickets available. Contact Chris O'Connor at coconnor@equalitymaine.org for more information. 


"I Sing Out!" with the Maine Gay Men's Chorus and the New Hampshire Gay Men's Chorus
7:30pm, Portland Players Theater, South Portland


Marimba Cabaret
8pm - 10pm, Mayo Street Arts

What’s a marimba? Like a xylophone, but bigger and more fabulous — just like Brian. Brian Calhoon’s Marimba Cabaret is an evening of songs and stories featuring musical theater, pop hits and classical covers re-imagined for marimba, vibraphone and voice. Directed and accompanied by percussionist Greg Jukes, Brian will sing, play marimba, confess, and (at times) stand 7-feet tall. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry and sing along, there’s something for everyone in this dynamic, heartfelt evening. See what happens when a classically-trained percussionist with a love of theater –and killer shoes– puts on a show. Brian finally came out of the musical closet and embraced his eclectic tastes in music. Recent shows feature covers from Broadway legends Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Tom Kitt, and Stephen Schwartz next to pop icons like Adele, Whitney Houston, Alanis Morissette, Radiohead and Outkast — with a little Disney princess mash-up for good measure. More information on Facebook.


Sunday June 17

Pride Portland! Tea Dance on Peaks Island
Noon - 4pm, Inn on Peaks

Close out the 10 Days of Pride with an afternoon of dancing at the Inn on Peaks Island. DJ Stephen will be keeping us on our feet from start to finish! Hop on the Casco Bay Lines ferry and join us as we wind down the week. 

This event is 21+. $5-$10 suggested donation, food and beverages available for additional cost. Check the ferry schedule here

See you on the island!


Queer Speed Dating
5:30pm - 8:30pm, Quill Books

Come by Quill Books & Beverage in Westbrook after enjoying a wonderful afternoon at the Peaks Island Tea Dance and meet some new folks you might want to get to know better, either as a friend or as something more. Participation will be capped in order to make sure everyone gets a chance to see and speak with as many folks as possible, so PLEASE RSVP HERE ahead of time or show up early to put your name on a waitlist for no-show openings!

There will be three separate hour-long seatings, at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30pm, each capable of seating three groups of thirteen individuals. All are welcome to shmooze at the bar before/during/after their assigned time slots. Co-Hosted by Cybele Brandow, co-chair of Pride Portland!, and Allison Krzanowski, owner of Quill. Suggested donation of $5, no one turned away due to lack of funds. Ages 18+.

AGAIN PLEASE RSVP, as space is limited!


Please remember that this is both a Speed Dating /and/ Friending event, and that with the diversity of identities represented in our community, the logistics of LGBTQ+ Speed Dating are never going to be perfectly smooth. Regardless, we will do our best in matching folks up and hope everyone has fun and makes some excellent new connections.

Quill will have their full food menu, alcohol for those of age, coffee/tea, and books available during this event. Purchases are appreciated and not only support local small LGBTQ+ business, but help keep events like these accessible.