Sandra Jose



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Baltasar Fra- Molinero grew up in Northern Spain with his four siblings and his parents.

Baltasar Fra- Molinero grew up in Northern Spain with his four siblings and his parents. He attended college in his hometown and out from the watchful eyes of his parents began to explore his sexual identity. Baltasar received a fellowship to study in the United States at the University of Bloomington in Indiana. It was during his first week in the United States that he met his now-husband, Charles. They knew right away that this relationship was forever. Together, they also knew that they wanted a family. Things were not always easy for Baltasar and Charles. They faced homophobia as a gay interracial couple from inside and outside forces but their dedication to themselves and their happiness prevailed. Their career choices separated them for one year and ultimately decided that Maine was their first choice to raise their long-awaited family. The adoption of their first son was quickly followed by their marriage in 2006 in Madrid, Spain with family and friends in attendance. Both Baltasar and Charles are professors at Bates College in Lewiston where they live with their adopted sons, Carlos and Bernardo. There is not a day that goes by that Baltasar and his family are not reminded that they exist in a world where racism is prevalent and dangerous. However, they choose to be open with their children with conversations and use their cultural differences as a strength and not a divide.

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


Lewiston, Maine


Homophobia, Coming-out, Marriage, Family, Spain, Adoption, Race, Culture, the closet and happiness.


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

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Fra-Molinero, Baltasar



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