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Maine LGBT History: 40th Anniversary Panel at Portland Public Library




Steve Bull, Wendy Ashley, Stan Fortuna, Stephen Leo, Lois Galgay Reckitt, Peter Prizer, Susan Mariah Breeding




Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, Portland, Maine

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To commemorate the Ruby (40th) Anniversary year of the founding of the LGBT movement in Maine, this panel discussion was held at Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, on June 18, 2014. The event was sponsored by Maine Historical Society, Portland Public Library, Pride Portland, and the LGBT Collection at the Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM and was filmed by CTN 5. The video opens with a photo montage of highlights of LGBT history in Maine by Andy Woodin and Stan Fortuna with music courtesy of Moby. 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. Panelists share lessons learned and look forward to applying them to the struggles our community still faces. Panel included 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.


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