OUTcast Maine 06/27/2022


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Tune into OUT Cast for our FINAL SHOW on Monday, June 27th. After 3 1/2 years and over 180 shows, we will close with a look back at the first Pride celebration in Maine. Sive Neilan, Skip Brushaber and Steven Bull chat with Michael Rossetti, the prime mover of that initial Pride march that stepped off the pavement in Portland on June 6th, 1987. We caught up with Michael as he returned to Portland 35 years later; a most fitting last hurrah for the OUT Cast collective. MICHAEL ROSSETTI Michael Rossetti hails from a large Italian family with deep roots in Maine. His grandmother built ships during WWII on the Portland waterfront. His grandfather ran the Imperial Italian restaurant just off Monument Square during the Depression. His whole family lived in the Italian quarter of Munjoy Hill. His activism with LGBTQ+ groups includes the Chiltern Mountain Club, the Lesbian and Gay Band of Boston and in 1986 he organized the “Cycle for Life”, an AIDS fundraiser. That same year Michael was the prime organizer of the first Pride March and celebration here in Maine. He was on the board of MLGPA (now Equality Maine) in the 1990’s and on the Northeast steering committee for the Stonewall International March on the U.N. in 1994. In 1998 Michael put together a touring photo exhibit of Lesbian and Gay Families that made 30 appearances around the state of Maine. Michael now lives outside of Orlando, Florida with a coterie of rescued dogs, cats, winged creatures and a possum!

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OUTcast Maine 06/27/2022