Richard Elias grew up in Northern Maine and moved to Portland at a young age. In this interview, we discuss: coming out as a gay man, his family life, his experience with Portland gay bars (The Phoenix, Roland’s and Blackstones), some of his travel stories, his love for dancing, and the effect of the AIDS epidemic on his life.
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
South Portland, Maine
Gay bars, Blackstones, Roland’s, The Phoenix, Family, Portland, Maine, Dance, Travel, AIDS, New York, Peabody House, Frannie Peabody
History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Women's Studies
Cornwall, Benjamin, "Elias, Richard" (2018). Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection. 46.
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