06/29/2020 OUT cast


06/29/2020 OUT cast



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Tune in to OUTcast on Monday, June 29 from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. as Sive and Steve continue their series: "Deja Vu? The Covid Pandemic and the AIDS Crisis" Part 3 Guests: Diane Elze and Skip Brushaber will discuss their work in the '80's as well as their takes on today's fight against COVID and the nationwide mobilizations against racist cop terror. OUT Cast is a half hour radio show dedicated to LGBTQ+ news and issues of interest to the local community. OUT Cast is broadcast every Monday, 1-1:30 PM, 90.9 FM, WMPG, community radio from the University of Southern Maine. EMAIL: OUTCastmaine@gmail.com

DIANE ELZE is currently an Associate Professor and former MSW Program Director at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She is on the Board of Directors of Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York, and is involved in several racial justice initiative, including the Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition as a board member, Showing Up for Racial Justice, the Fair Fines & Fees Coalition, and the UB Health Equity Research Institute as a member of the Steering Committee. Elze lived in Maine from 1973 to 1992. She was a Case Manager for The AIDS Project from 1988 to 1991; a founder, with Charles Dwyer and Tom Haggerty, of OUTRIGHT: The Portland Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth, and an Outright advisor from 1987 to 1992; a co-founder and Board member of MLGPA, 1984-1992; MLGPA Treasurer, 1984-1988; MLGPA President, 1989-1991; MLGPA’s representative to Consumers for Affordable Health Care, 1989-1992; co-founder and co-coordinator with the Portland Police Department of the Community Task Force on Bias Crime, 1989-1992; member of the Our Paper Collective, 1983-1988; member of Portland’s first era of ACT-UP; and Board Member of the Maine Health Foundation, 1987-1988, resigning when hired by The AIDS Project, as the MHF was a TAP funder. Elze may best be remembered as the convener of the group that wrote and produced the 1983 production of Gay Side Story in which she played Diesel, the leader of the Queers. Her other stage credits include Han Solo in Star Gays (1980 in Portland), and the leader of Dyke Patrol, which made a cameo appearance in Oklahomo! (1978 in Bangor). Prior to leaving Maine to pursue advanced education, Elze received a Human Rights Award from The Maine Progressive (1991), the Larry P. Connolly Award for Community Service and Organizing from the Maine Lesbian Gay Political Alliance (1992), a Proclamation of Honor from the City of Portland orchestrated by Barb Wood (1992), and an Official Expression of Sentiment from the Maine Senate and House of Representatives orchestrated by Susan Farnsworth.

SKIP BRUSHABER is a retired nurse/social worker who lives with his spouse in Westbrook, ME. He was a founding member of the Our Paper Collective and The AIDS Project. He is a board member and volunteer of The Westbrook Food Pantry. He is a writer and artist.

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06/29/2020 OUT cast