In this interview, Andres “Andy” Verzosa discusses being a gay man in Portland, Maine, where he was born. Andres Verzosa is Mainer of Filipino and Irish roots. He grew up in Portland, Maine in a working-class household. He talks about his father, who was in the Coast Guard, and the sudden death of his brother when he was young. He attended the Portland School of Art – now known as the Maine College of Art (MECA) – and helped create the First Friday Art Walk in Portland, Maine, as well as owning various art galleries including Aucocisco in Portland, Maine. Verzosa also discusses his youth and attending the University of Maine in Orono where he began exploring his sexuality. He describes what inspired him to move to San Francisco. He describes experiences with depression and sobriety. He discusses meeting his husband. Much of the second half of the interview is devoted to contemporary American politics, particularly the 2016 presidential election and advice about activism in the queer community.
Please cite as: Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ Collection, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine Libraries.
For more information about the Querying the Past: Maine LGBTQ Oral History Project, please contact Dr. Wendy Chapkis.
Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine
University of Southern Maine
LGBTQ, Andy Verzosa, Munjoy Hill, Fillipino, Connecticut, Portland Old Port, Transgender Relationship, Coming Out, Pop Music, Donald Trump, AIDS, Gay Bars, Rehab, Sobriety, Music, Art, Loss of Loved One, San Francisco, the Castro
History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Women's Studies
Butler, Brendan and Blake, Alexander, "Verzosa, Andres" (2016). Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection. 1.
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