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Linda explored many topics in this interview, primarily focusing on her political activism rooted in radical lesbian seperatist feminist ideology. She grew up playing sports in Connecticut. She has been involved in a myriad of political movements, ranging from founding a Gay-Straight Alliance at her college in the 70s to being involved in the Anti-War Movement. She has extensive experience also in anti-racist and climate-related activism. She describes herself as a working-class butch woman with an interest in intersectional community organizing.

She also discusses studying in Maine before living in New York City for 16 years, where she worked at the newspaper “Village Voice” and was heavily involved in the lesbian feminist writing scene. She explores her experience knowing and working with authors such as Audre Lorde, Mary Daly, Dorothy Allison, and Gloria Anzaldua. Linda was involved in the gay and lesbian bar scene in Connecticut, Maine, and New York. Towards the end, she shares multiple entrepreneurial ventures she’s taken later in life, such as restoring and opening an Opera House in downeast Maine.

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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University of Southern Maine Special Collections


Portland, Maine


Political Activism, Community Organizing, Radical Lesbian Seperatist Feminism, Religion, Catholicism, Lesbian Relationships, Bowdoin College, The Village Voice, Lesbian Athletes, Coming Out, Gay Bars, Butch Identity, Sexual Violence, Intersectionality, Working Class Politics, Writing Career, Anti-War Movement, Lesbian Authors, Feminist Authors, Sexual Radicalism, AIDs Epidemic, Entrepreneurship


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

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