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Margaret Brownlee is a multi-racial/Afro-Latina Lipstick Lesbian who was born and spent most of her life residing in Maine. Margaret was 16 when she came out and is now married to a woman and has a daughter. Margaret attended multiple universities–including Wells College, Lesley University, and the University of New England–as a first generation college student in her family with the goal of becoming a dancer. Margaret is currently a Burlesque dancer and instructor and is also employed with the Maine Department of Education. She has been involved in political activism and a number of organizations based in Maine–including Portland Outright, EqualityMaine, EmergeMaine, South Portland Human Rights Commission, Maine Black Community Development, and Indigo Arts.

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




Lesbian; Lipstick Lesbian; Femme; Portland, ME; Monogamy; Polyamory; Multi-Racial; Afro-Latina; Coming out; Burlesque; Wells College; Lesley University; University of New England; Education; University of Southern Maine; Maine Department of Education; Rhona Beauty; Spirituality; Pagan; Feminist; Mother; Activism; EqualityMaine.


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

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