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Butch is 68 years old and was born in Youngstown Ohio, One of 6 children, Moved to Maine in 1980 to be with his husband. Family life was relatively normal for Butch in terms of coming out. However his father was not very emotionally available in general. Butch Knew he was gay from a very young age and did not feel as if he was ever confused about his sexuality. Butch later joined the military and was in the Vietnam War. Continued to move to different states and eventually ended up in Maine later becoming owner of Blackstones in Portland. The bar is no longer under his ownership but is one of the last remaining gay bars in Portland Maine. Butch is one of the original members of a group called Harbor Masters and continues to be an active member.


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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Publication Date

Fall 12-1-2018


University of Southern Maine


Portland, ME


Blackstones, Harbor Masters, Mercy Hospital, being gay in the military, Leather Community, Cycles, Dating after 50, MLGPA, Names Project, BDSM, AMCC, Autumn Fest, Mr. Drummer


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

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Fenton-Snell, Butch



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