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Thomas Antonik is a gay man from Maine. Thomas moved to New York City in 1979 to attend the School of Visual Arts. He was diagnosed with HIV in the early days of the epidemic and one year later was diagnosed with AIDS. He was a part of the People with AIDS Coalition. In 1989, Antonik moved back to Maine and worked part time while also attending to his health. Antonik is an artist who woks in painting and photography. He is also a practicing Quaker.


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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Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine

Publication Date

Winter 11-17-2016


University of Southern Maine


Portland, Maine


Keywords: Family, homophobia, education, gay bars, gay clubs, relationships HIV/AIDS, Activism, New York City, art, health, aging, class, religion, teaching, People With Aids Coalition, AIDS stigma, dating, community, mental health. LGBTQ, Gay, Homophobia, Polish Immigrant, Russian Immigrant, Relationships, Dating, Activism, HIV/AIDS, New York City


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History

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