Emily Cook



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Jason Brodak is a 44 year old man of Polish heritage, currently working at the University of Southern Maine and living in Bath, Maine, with his husband. Brodak discusses living in Detroit Michigan, Chicago Illinois, and New York. He attended Michigan State University and later received his bachelor's degree in Interior Design from an arts school in Chicago. He discusses his childhood, coming out, briefly joining the Navy, the role of gay bars and gay chatrooms in his life, gay marriage, and the HIV AIDS epidemic.

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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USM Special Collections


Portland, Maine


Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, St. Louis Missouri, LGBT, Bath, Maine, Immigrant, Gay marriage, Ellis Island, Manufacturing town, White- collar, Polish, Catholic, Religion, Catholic Services Appeal, Coming out process, Traditional family, Y2K, Community college, Navy, Michigan State University, College of Engineering, Interior Design, Mechanical engineering, Matthew Shepard, Heteronormative, fag,, gay chat rooms, prescribed roles, gay sex, gay fiction, Dr. Charles Silverstein, Human Rights Campaign, Teach for America, New York, Robert Rody, HIV AIDS.


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

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Brodack, Jason



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