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Jocelyn identifies as a Queer woman but also aligns with the label Gender-Queer. They are 40 years old and currently live in the city of South Portland where they serve as a member on the City Council and also work as a managing director at Space Gallery in downtown Portland. Jocelyn was born in Bangor, Maine, and lived there for a year before moving briefly to South Princeton, Maine, and eventually settling in Princeton, Maine, where they grew up. Jocelyn was raised by their single mother along with their older brother and younger sister. They received their B.A. in Arts and Humanities, with a double minor in Women and Gender Studies and Mathematics from the University of Southern Maine and completed their M.A. in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons University in Boston. Jocelyn Is an artist, performer, author, photographer, who identifies as a Human rights.

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.

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Gender-queer, queer, lesbian, coming out, sexuality, University of Southern Maine, Simmons university, Princeton, Maine, Calais, Maine, Portland, Maine, Bangor, Maine, Boston, Massachusetts, Asheville, North Carolina, Oregon City, Portland, Oregon, parents, women and gender studies, The Maids, Becky’s Diner, androgynous, family, relationships, wedding, chosen-family, friendships, University of Farmington, South Portland City Council, travel, west coast, east coast, Cuba, addiction, recovery, unhoused population, sober living facilities, gay bars, Sisters gay bar, Styxx, Space Gallery, Woofing, art, art galleries, activism, feminism, POC feminist authors, acceptance, hetero-normative, poverty, politics, conservative, repressing identity, alcoholics anonymous, narcotics anonymous, Equality Community Center, Venture Out Project, Kimberly Simmons, Wendy Chapkis, Bell Hooks, Adrienne Rich, Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminism, Passamaquoddy, colonization, Layla Saad, spirituality, Take Back the Night Rally, Anthony Zorro, White Saviorism, George Floyd, protest, DEI initiatives


History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Women's Studies

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