12/23/2019 OUT cast


12/23/2019 OUT cast


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The second of a three-part conversation with Lois Reckitt. Lois has been a fighter for women’s and LGBTQ+ rights both nationally and here in Maine for nearly 50 years.

Lois Galgay Reckitt graduated from Brandeis University in the midst of the turbulent 60’s with a degree in biology. In 1968, she moved to Maine and took her first job at SMVTI teaching marine science. She spent the decade of the 70’s at the YWCA in Portland where her day job was directing the operations of the swimming program. It was then that she discovered her passion for activism – both in the feminist – and then the LGBT movements. By the 80’s she was director of Family Crisis Services where she served for 37 years abused women and their children. In this same period, she co-founded the Maine Women’s Lobby, lobbied for passage of Maine’s first civil rights law for the LGBT community. Nationally, she co-founded The Human Rights Campaign Fund and served two terms as Executive Vice President of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Now that she is purportedly retired, Lois represents the ocean end of South Portland in the Maine State Legislature and has since 2016.

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University of Southern Maine


Portland, ME


WMPG, LGBTQ, OUT cast, Lois Reckitt


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

12/23/2019 OUT cast