Michael F. Brennan is the first popularly elected Mayor for the City of Portland in nearly nine decades. As the city’s top elected official, Brennan has initiated several initiatives designed to encourage economic development and job creation as well as support and strength the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
He represents the city interests in Augusta and Washington D.C. where he advocates for the city, its residents and businesses. Brennan has been a proud and active resident of the City of Portland for more than three decades. He lives in the Back Cove neighborhood with his wife.
Michael Sauschuck has been with the Portland Police Department for 15 years. Over the past decade, Sauschuck has received a number of awards for his commitment to the department including the Sergeant Michael J. Wallace Award, the Enrique Camarena Memorial Award from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Heroes with a Heart Award.
Upon Chief Craig’s departure in August 2011, Sauschuck led the Police Department as Acting Police Chief, overseeing a department of more than two hundred employees and an annual budget of $13.4 million. He was selected as the department’s permanent Chief in January of 2012. Sauschuck earned Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Maine in 1998. He is married to fellow Portland Police Detective, Mary Sauschuck.
Mainers United for Marriage
Mainers United for Marriage is the campaign to win the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Maine. They support a "Yes" vote on the ballot question this November that will allow marriage licenses for the thousands of loving, committed same-sex couples in Maine. Mainers United is supported by a broad coalition of groups. They are working all over Maine to secure the freedom to marry this November.
Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage, is a longtime political advocate with more than 12 years of experience in political strategy, public affairs & electoral campaigning. He served as Public Education Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), and previously served as Political Director for MassEquality, where he oversaw the operation of a successful statewide lobbying, public education and field campaign to protect marriage equality in MA. Matt has a degree in journalism from GWU and started his career covering politics in the Political Unit of CBS News.
Khris Francis is a comedian, singer & songwriter! He has the longest running one man musical comedy show in New England. Khris has performed in every major city across the U.S., headlining in Las Vegas & Lake Tahoe and even starred in the first legendary comedy store in LA. He is currently performing at Mainestreet in Ogunquit, Maine, for the 2012 summer season, plus you can catch his other performances up-and-down the East Coast. He is "proud to be the MC again for Southern Maine Pride."
Maine State Music Theatre
Maine State Music Theatre has been producing Broadway-quality musicals each summer at the Pickard Theater on the campus of Bowdoin College for over 50 years! With designers, directors, choreographers and performers straight from Broadway and National Touring Companies, the production values have won the theatre multiple awards and accolades across the U.S. and beyond. This summer MSMT is producing: A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde, Sunset Boulevard and 42nd Street.
Cousins David James & Ellen Masse met in 1983 at their family reunion, became fast friends, and eventually discovered that they shared the same musical fantasy. In 1989, Ellen moved from California to Maine to give their dreams a whirl, forming “MeCa” (derived from the abbreviations from their home states).
Their latest CD titled "Handprints" will be released on August 11th at The Playhouse & Little Theatre at Nasson College in Springvale, Maine! The duo is currently putting the final touches on this, their most personal CD yet! They are very excited to be back at Southern Maine Pride for their fourth year!
As a childhood cancer survivor, Lauren Bateman knows the importance of living in the moment. That is why, at the age of 27, Lauren quit her job as a research scientist to pursue a career in music.
Lauren was a finalist in the 2009 Pride Idol competition and released her debut album, "I’ve Been Waiting," in the spring of 2010. Her music has been featured on local radio stations and pod casts. Her most recent album, "Here I Am," was released May 2012.
Miss JoAnn, The Grand Dame of Female Illusion, has been doing drag for 42 years and has appeared all over the East Coast, including a one woman show in Puerto Rico. She is very well known for her timeless elegance and is currently "Miss Gay New Hampshire." She is also a member of Starlight Performers. Performing for many causes all over the state is the most rewarding part of her career.
Naya's Trance Belly Dance
Naya’s Trance Belly Dance is Maine’s premier professional belly dance company. Founded in 2001, the company has been entertaining audiences, educating individuals and building community for the past decade. The members of Naya's Trance are committed to their role as ambassadors of this beautiful dance and work diligently to share it with the local community. They are thrilled to be dancing at the Southern Maine Pride festival this year and are dedicated to supporting the GLBTQIA community and the important work of Southern Maine Pride.
Miss Samantha (aka Mark) has been doing drag for 13 great years. She has been involved in many fundraisers across the state for several different charities. Her passion for doing drag has elevated her to the performer that she is today. She held the title of "Miss Northern Maine Pride" in 2005 and currently holds the title of "Female Impersonator of the Year." She is also a member of Starlight Performers.
Tina & Her Pony
With warm smiles & honest simplicity, Tina & Her Pony bring a unique sound to the American folk tradition, featuring original songs that echo the sound of Appalachia, while creating new waves with radical, queer lyrics, uncommon instrumentation and vocals tighter than your mamas' brazier.
Tina & Her Pony released their full length, self-titled debut album in March 2012. The album was mixed and mastered in Oakland, Calif. with Myles Boisen (The Tigerlilies; Kronos Quartet) and features trumpeter Chris Grady (also featured on Tom Waits’ Mule Variations). In addition, the group released its six-track EP “Walkin’ in My Sleep” in March 2012. The sound on the EP has a playful, low-fi quality that highlights Collins’ and Jordan´s magnetic synergy as a standalone duo. Both albums are now available for download on iTunes and Amazon.
Miss Veronika has been doing drag for 13 years. She was a member of Peacox Productions and is now a featured performer with Starlight Performers. She has performed all over the state for various charity functions and received a "Volunteer Service Award" from Governor Baldacci. Veronika also impersonates both Cher and Marilyn Monroe. She is also a past title holder for “Miss P.J.’s 2011”. She loves performing and meeting new people and is happy to support any worthy charity.
Pride Entertainment & Publicity Coordinator, Sid Tripp is President & CEO of Proactive Resources Design (PRD), a multi specialty advertising, design & PR firm in the old port. Taking on Pride, and handling all of the small details to make it a memorable experience, is their ultimate goal.
They have sought out the best & brightest stars to grace the stage this year, from a wide variety of local talent. PRD handled all of the PR for Pride, from the press releases, donating a new website, posters and donating & creating a new logo, to vetting all of the talent, interfacing with the community & spearheading the printed Pride Guide. They are pleased to report that PRD donated all of their services to the Southern Maine gay community for the second year in a row. (And No, Sid doesn't smoke!!!)
Specializing in wedding & portrait photography all along the East Coast, Brittany Rae Bugaj attended the New England Institute of Professional Photography where she learned from the best in the wedding photography industry today. She has worked along side of one of Professional Photographers of America’s top 10 photographers and some of the very best wedding photographers in Maine, Georgia & California. She is a member of both the Maine Professional Photographers Association (MPPA) and the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
Past guests, musicians, entertainers & support have included... Former Portland Mayor Nick Mavodones, Former Portland Police Chief James E. Craig, Gypsy Tailwind, Vanessa Torres, Kristen Ford Band, Comedian Eric Cyr, Atomic Trash! Burlesque, G5 Drag Kings, Dirty Dishes Burlesque Revue, and Mackie Hill Event Planner.
26th Annual Southern Maine Pride • Saturday, June 16, 2012 Begins 12:30pm at Monument Square, Portland Maine (C)2011 Website maintained by Proactive Resources Design Inc.