Diane Elze is and has been an active member of the LGBTQ community in Portland, Maine for many years. Diane has spent most of her adulthood and professional life participating in activism and advocacy for LGBTQ adolescents. She was involved with the Wilde Stein club at the University of Maine at Orono, where she also founded the Greater Bangor Rape Crisis Center. After being unable to find a job in the Bangor area, Diane moved to Portland where she began working with the MLGPA, the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and taking a leadership role with Outright, among many other organizations that she was a part of. Diane narrates many memories throughout her oral history, beginning from her childhood all the way until the present. She had been involved with most activist groups in the Portland area up until she moved back to New York.
University of Southern Maine
Catholic school Springfield College/University of Maine at Orono Greater Bangor Rape Crisis Center Wilde Stein Club Gay and Lesbian Task Force Maine Gay and Lesbian Symposium Gayside Story, Oklahomo, Star Gays YWCA Maine Lesbian Gay Political Alliance (MLGPA) Our Paper Outright AIDS Project Maine Christian Civil League Maranacook High School Harbormaters Bars: One-way, Cycles, Phoenix, Underground, Sisters HAGS
History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Women's Studies
Chapkis, Wendy, "Elze, Diane" (2019). Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection. 51.
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