Monday, June 2, 1975, Biddeford Saco Journal
Many residents and visitors to Maine are familiar with Ogunquit's reputation as a "gay-friend;y" seaside destination - a sort of Provincetown of the North. Before openly catering to a gay audience became de rigueur, it was common for establishments to require queer patrons to "play straight" in order to participate. After the arson of a local queer-owned bar called the Stage Door in neighboring Wells, a group of young activists decided to take matters into their own hands by staging an act of public disobedience at Valerie's, a straight-owned supper club in Ogunquit. What followed is a story of compassion, bravery, love, and yes, dance.
For the Valerie's podcast several sources that are easily accessible through the USM Special Collection Digital Commons were used:
Maine Gay Task Force Newsletter, Vol.1, No.04 (December 1974) featuring a listing for a New Year's Eve event at The Stage Door.
Maine Gay Task Force Newsletter, Vol.2, No.02 (February 1975) featuring "Stage Door Threatened" article.
Maine LGBT History: Life & Activism in the 70s. Part One. Panelists Mariah (Susan) Breeding, Stephen Leo, Wendy Ashley, Steven Bull, Stan Fortuna discuss their involvement in events important to the history of the LGBTQ+ equality movement in Maine. Wendy Ashley talks about the action at Valerie's beginning at the 9:00 minute mark.