Skip Brushaber is a 71-year old gay man who uses he/his/him pronouns. Skip worked as a nurse and social worker during the AIDS crisis. He was born in Buffalo, New York, on January 9th, 1947. Skip studied English in college but later became a nurse and social worker. He lived in New York and Pennsylvania before moving to Portland in 1980. He helped found the AIDS Project in 1983, a group in Portland that helped support individuals dealing with AIDS, and founded and wrote for Our Paper throughout the 80s, an LGBTQ paper aimed at covering issues related to queerness and the AIDS epidemic while the mainstream press was still ignoring it. Skip shares his thoughts on a wide range of topics that include gay life in 1980s Portland, working in healthcare during the AIDS crisis, current national politics, the loss of queer spaces, and the importance of recording queer history. Skip is retired as of 2012, but volunteers at the Westbrook Food Pantry and still does nursing visits part-time.
University of Southern Maine
Activism, Journalism, The AIDS Project, Our Paper, The AIDS Quilt, local & national LGBTQ figures, Queer history, Reagan, Trump, Gay Bars (such as Stonewall Inn, Blackstones, Underground, & Cycles), Class issues, Friendship
History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Women's Studies
Barrett, Jack and Pratt, Branden, "Brushaber, Skip" (2018). Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection. 33.
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