O'Connor, Christopher

O'Connor, Christopher


Ian Butler


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Christopher O’Connor discusses his experience growing up in New Jersey and then moving to Portland, Maine at the age of twenty five where he discovered his homosexuality. Throughout the interview, Chris O’Connor shares stories of his activism in the LGBTQ community through his work at USM, Equality Maine and through deejaying at a now closed down club formerly known as the Underground as well as sharing his coming out story. Chris O’Connor’s contains themes of overcoming bigotry, both in a community and against himself, as well as themes of self discovery. Additionally, Chris O’Connor’s interview expresses the importance of gay bars in the development and support of the LGBTQ community and his experiences after their disappearance.

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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USM Special Collections


Portland, Maine


Drag, Theater, Gay, Trans, Community, Pride, Hate, Safety, LGBT, Coming Out, Ellen, Music, Matthew Shepard, Gender, Sexuality


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

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