08/28/2019 OUT cast


08/28/2019 OUT cast





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A discussion with Skip Brushaber and Jamie Melanson, about their years with Our Paper; our community’s newspaper for most of the 1980’s.

Skip Brushaber is retired a nurse/social worker who is political activist committed to social change. He was one of the founding members of the Our Paper Collective and The AIDS Project in Portland. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Westbrook Food Pantry which supplies food to 90 to 100 households every Tuesday. Skip is a published writer and artist who lives in Westbrook with his husband, two rescue canines and one enormous cat.

Jamie Melanson is a Maine native, and they have worked and volunteered extensively here as a political activist. Among their various political endeavors over the years, Jamie worked as a co-facilitator and peer counselor at the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Alliance at USM; volunteered as a writer for Portland's queer newspaper "Our Paper"; and co-founded ACT UP Portland, Queer Nation, and Feminists Against Rape. Jamie has also volunteered for SARSSM, and after returning to USM to finish their degree, proudly graduated with a Women's Studies Degree. This past year, Jamie volunteered with Pride Portland, to help with Pride's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion. Jamie lives with Peter, their partner in crime for 31 years, and with their two beloved cat babies, Dolly and Boo.

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WMPG 90.9 FM


Portland, Maine


Skip Brushaber, nurse, social work, political activist, social change, Our Paper Collective, The AIDS Project, Westbrook Food Pantry, Jamie Melanson, ACT UP Portland, Queer Nation, Feminists Against Rape


Cultural History | Digital Humanities | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | History | History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

08/28/2019 OUT cast