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Richard Bilodeau is 54 years old and identifies as a gay man. He grew up in Portland, attending Deering High School. He is married to his partner Scott and they went on their first date in 1988. He studied applied clinical chemistry at the University of Vermont and began his career in the Maine Medical Center lab. He earned his bachelors and master's in business from the University of Southern Maine. Currently, he works as a professor in the School of Business and Honors Program. Over the years, he also had ownership in alternative health and TV programming businesses. He is married to his partner Scott and they went on their first date in 1988. Throughout the interview, he tells stories of exploration outside of Maine including Boston and the Montreal Gay Village. He describes having a strong chosen family and meeting people wherever he went. The main lesson that he expressed was the importance of staying curious, which is demonstrated in the broad range of passions that he has pursued.
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ortland, family, marriage, coming out, University of Vermont, sexuality, gay representation, Maine Medical Center, chemistry, University of Southern Maine, business, meditation, John Preston, Margaret Atwood, Drop Me A Line Gift Store, Gay Men’s Chorus, community, chosen family, gay bar scene, Boston, Montreal Gay Village, LGBT film festival, sex positivity, Community Counseling Center, Maine Speak Out Project, Natasha Johnson, curiosity
History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Women's Studies
Powers, Maggie, "Bilodeau, Richard" (2023). Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection. 104.
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