Sherry Beck-Poland is 64 years old and lives in Lewiston, Maine with their wife Dee, and two sons, Jacob and Joe. Sherry has dedicated much of their life helping others including fostering over ten children, adopting their two sons, working for DHHS with individuals with PTSD, personality disorders, and other disabilities, as well as their involvement with political activism for marriage equality, and their help in organizing pride in Lewiston.
Sherry has attended the University of Southern Maine for their undergraduate degree where they graduated with honors, then attended Seminary where they received their master’s degree in theology. Sherry is known for their work ethic as always having a job and attending school. Sherry is now retired and focuses on their boys, aged 18 and 19, their involvement in the church, and organizing pride events.
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.
University of Southern Maine
Gay, Gender identity, Maine, Family relationship, Marriage, Faith practices, Sons, Adoption, Fostering, DHHS employment, Lewiston Pride, Portland Pride, Alternative gay bar, Discrimination, Political activism, Marriage equality
History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Women's Studies
Wenger, Ariana and Ossie, Johnna, "Beck-Poland, Sherry" (2018). Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection. 34.
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