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Cait Vaughan was born in San Diego on a military base and grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire. Vaughan lived with her father, step-mom, and four younger siblings. Vaughan grew up in a religious household with a father with homophobic views. She was outed as queer by her sister at age 16. In 2004, she graduated from Nashua High School where she experienced severe harassment for her sexuality. She went on to college at UNH and founded the “Women’s Union.” Vaughan became involved in African-American Studies, diversity work, and the Harriet Wilson Project. She is currently volunteering for the Southern Maine Worker’s Center for workers who are not already members of a union. She is primarily involved in the campaign “Healthcare is a Human Right.” Vaughan lives with her partner Lauren and Lauren’s two children.


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

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Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine

Publication Date

Winter 11-21-2016


University of Southern Maine


Portland, Maine


LGBTQ, Maine, Portland, Oral History, Coming Out, New Hampshire, Parental Relations, Homophobia, Feminism, Politics, Patriarchy, Gender


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

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