Special Collections

Maine LGBT History: Life and Activism in the 1970's

June 18, 2014
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library



  Stan Fortuna,  Susan Henderson,  Peter Prizer Papers;  LGBT Collection,  Sampson Center at USM.

In this Ruby (40th) Anniversary year of the founding of the LGBT movement in Maine,  come hear from the early activists whose efforts to organize polarized the state and made national news.  The first leaders were influenced in varying degrees by the Civil Rights,  Women's,  Anti-War and Black Power Movements.  In the aftermath of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969,  similar scenarios were being played out across the country as LGBT activists took to the streets to demand their rights.  This will be an evening of sharing lessons learned and looking forward to applying them to the struggles our community still faces as we celebrate Portland Pride Week.


Steve Bull, co-founder of the Wilde-Stein Club and Maine Gay Task Force.

Wendy Ashley, co-founder, Maine Gay Task Force, Maine Lesbian Feminists.

Stan Fortuna, co-founder of the Maine Gay Task Force and Gay People's Alliance at USM, editor of the MGTF Newsletter.

Stephen Leo, co-founder of the Gay People's Alliance at USM and Maine Gay Task Force .

Lois Galgay Reckitt, Executive Director, Family Crisis Services and co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign Fund.

Peter Prizer, co-founder Maine Gay Task Force, co-editor, Mainely Gay.

Chair and Moderator: Susan Mariah Breeding, co-founder of the Maine Gay Task Force, Maine Lesbian Feminists.

There will be a book signing by author Sandy Phippen,  whose book  "Sturge A Memoir" celebrates the life of Sturgis Haskins,  co-founder of the Wilde-Stein Club who passed away in 2012.

Presented by: Maine Historical Society, Portland Public Library, Pride Portland, and the LGBT Collection at the Sampson  Center for Diversity at USM.
Exhibit  material courtesy of the LGBT Collection,  Sampson Center at USM. Food provided by Black Tie Co. and Dean's Sweets. Entertainment provided by The Plaid Dragonflies.
ASL interpreter provided for the hearing impaired courtesy of Andy Woodin and Stan Fortuna