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StoryCorps: A tiny gift shop in Maine became a refuge for LGBTQ people

Roger Mayo and Jim Neal
StoryCorps
Roger Mayo and Jim Neal

Young gay couple Roger Mayo and Jim Neal opened Drop Me A Line, a tiny gift shop in Portland, Maine, in 1990. Although Portland in those days could be unfriendly for queer people, they chose to carry greeting cards and books that catered to LGBTQ customers. At StoryCorps, the former romantic partners reflected on how the store became so much more.
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