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Lee Leveille is a 30-year-old Californian transplant that grew up in Sumner and Greene, ME. S/he works as an intentional peer support specialist in central Maine and is currently finishing up his/her bachelor’s in Psychology and Community Studies at the University of Maine at Machias. S/he is an active member of his/her local synagogue after beginning the conversion process to Judaism in 2016.

Lee considers him/herself to be a transgender butch, or someone who lives simultaneously as both a butch woman and transman. His/her pronouns are thus conditional in order to provide him/her with the flexibility to adapt to different environments. S/he hopes to bring more visibility to how living in these two worlds can influence each other, as well as seeking to mend rifts between different groups in the LGBT community.

Leveille lives in central Maine. S/he discusses their experience with gender using a metaphor about living in multiple worlds. Throughout the interview Lee stresses his/her distaste for socially constructed identity boxes. S/he also delves into topics such as bullying, intimate partner violence, and abuse; being autistic; and converting to Judaism

Publication Date

11-17-2018

Publisher

University of Southern Maine

City

Portland

Keywords

Central Maine, Gender Fluidity, Judaism, Autism, Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Portland Lesbian Coffee House, Trans / Gender Nonconforming, Non-Monogamy, Intentional Peer Support, Bullying, Violence, Trauma.

Disciplines

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

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