Fortuna, Stan

Fortuna, Stan


Wendy Chapkis



The audio of the interview and the transcript are available to listen to and view by request on-site only in Special Collections.

Stan Fortuna was born in Rochester, New Hampshire. He left home at 18 after a challenging childhood where he experienced abuse and homophobia. Stan moved to Portland where he became friends with a group of gay and lesbian activists. They lived and worked together in Portland in the 70s. He attended the first Maine Gay Symposium in Orono and after that worked to form Lambda Of Brunswick, the student group at USM, Gay People’s Alliance the Maine Gay Task Force, Maine Gay Task Force Newsletter and Mainely Gay, thought to be Maine’s first gay publication. He worked for Maine Medical Center for over a decade where he witnessed up close some of the horrors of the AIDS crisis. Stan is currently working on a radio project in Portland, Maine called OUT Cast that tells stories about Maine's LGBTQ history.

You can listen to OUT cast HERE.


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.

Publication Date



Portland, ME


Family of origin; Portland, Maine; New Hampshire; Maine Gay Task Force; Mainely Gay; Wilde Stein; University of Maine; AIDS Crisis; Employment; Coming Out; Activism.


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

Fortuna, Stan