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Daralyn Maxwell, Dal for short, is a 67 year old transgender woman. Dal lives in Freeport Maine but has moved around the northeast throughout her life. In this interview Dal covers experiences she has had throughout her life. Dal came out as a trans woman later in her life and she values her experiences that brought her to where she is today. Dal covers her experience working in bars and restaurants as a male presenting person where she helped women escape domestic violence. Dal also covers her coming out story, from being outed to her boss, to coming out to friends who refused to accept her identity, to finding acceptance in old and new friends. Dal has experienced love and loss, she talks about marriage, divorce, and estranged family as well as suicide and friends she’s lost. This compelling interview gives us an important perspective of a trans woman that stems all the way from the 60’s to today

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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Freeport, Maine


LGBTQ, oral history, transgender, gender identity, coming out, religion, family, activism, transitioning, suicide, death, drugs, substance abuse, Maine Trans Net, Equality Maine, MLGPA, HRC, Human Rights Campaign, Harry Benjamin Standards of Care, mental health, bars, food service, restaurant, domestic violence


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

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