Sam Spadafore

Sam Spadafore (He/him, they/them) is a white, queer, gay, nonbinary trans man currently living on settled Wabanaki tribal land known as Portland, Maine. Sam writes poetry and articles focusing on mental health, Queer and Trans issues, sex and sexuality. They are also a consent educator, actor, activist, and steering committee member at MaineTransNet. Check out what Sam’s been up to at samspadaforeofficial.com.
Articles by Sam Spadafore
Driven Out By Burnout

Driven Out By Burnout

This is part of a series, “The Great American Burnout,” that focuses on interviews with Mainers who experienced burnout during the pandemic. Sam Spadafore sat down with LCPC turned realtor Kary Goodman to share her story on leaving the social...

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Tenants Union Fights Landlord at Rent Board Meeting

Tenants Union Fights Landlord at Rent Board Meeting

On Wednesday night, the Trelawny Tenants’ Union fought the Rent Board’s previous decision on a tax rate rent adjustment and we’re still waiting for a final verdict. Trelawny Tenants’ Union was founded as a way to form community among residents in...

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Burnout at Preble Street

Burnout at Preble Street

This is part of a series, “The Great American Burnout,” that focuses on interviews with Mainers who experienced burnout during the pandemic. Sam Spadafore sat down with writer Eric Wefald (he/they) about their time at Preble Street and why he...

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Portlanders rally for COVID hazard pay

Portlanders rally for COVID hazard pay

On January 3, Portland’s City Council will vote on whether or not to repeal the state of emergency that was enacted on August 2, 2021. Without a state of emergency in place,  Portland minimum wage workers, or any worker making less than $19.50/hr...

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The Great American Burnout

The Great American Burnout

This is Part One of an ongoing series focused on the increasing phenomena of burnout in the work place. Please read to the end to find out how you can connect with the authors to contribute your story. Part One: Introduction Driving up Route 1 in...

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Abortions Are Not Just for Women

Abortions Are Not Just for Women

On September 1, 2021, Texas legislature passed S.B. 8, or better known as the “Fetal Heartbeat Bill.” Cries from abortion rights women activists were heard across the country. The National Women’s March plans to take to the streets for yet another...

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Black artist’s work set ablaze in Portland

Black artist’s work set ablaze in Portland

At the beginning of August, an art installation in Congress Square in Portland called New Rhythms was set on fire. The artist, Jordan Carey, got the call as he was about to board a plane leaving Portland. Writer Sampson Spadafore sat down with the...

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Racist “Proud Boys” not welcome in Portland

Racist “Proud Boys” not welcome in Portland

July 31 was a sweltering Saturday afternoon, but the crowd across from Mathew’s Pub kept growing as people gathered to protest the bar which has become a monthly meeting place for The Proud Boys. Pines and Roses reporters Tennessee Pierce and Sam...

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