“For the morning gays”: The importance of LGBTQ-owned cafes as sober, queer spaces

When I call Andrew Zarro on a sweltering July afternoon, he’s taking a break before he starts his second job as a councilperson in Portland, Maine. He’s just spent eight hours at Little Woodfords, his coffee shop, which is easily identifiable by the rainbow flag fluttering above the peachy-pink front door. 

In both positions, he has big plans for his community. 

“In Portland right now, there really are not many queer spaces and that’s a problem that we need to continue to work on as a community,” Zarro said. “How do we get back to those spaces that are

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