Dan MacNaughton was born in 1955 in Bangor, Maine, and raised in Hampden, Maine with his mother, father, and older brother. He came out as gay in high school with supportive teachers and classmates who were either supportive or indifferent. However, he had deeply internalized homophobic attitudes and believed that being gay meant he had very limited employment options. In college at the University of Maine Orono, MacNaughton became active in the newly formed Wilde Stein student group where he became the first Vice-Chair of the club, met Sturgis Haskins, and became involved in educational efforts on campus. He also participated in the first Maine Gay Symposium. He later attended the College of the Atlantic for a year and started the Down East Gay Alliance. He left college to work in the boating industry, first at the Wooden Boat Magazine in Boston and later at boatyards in Maine and South Carolina. He discusses the gay scene in Boston and his eventual decision to move back to Maine, to work in boatyards. MacNaughton speaks about his experience living outside of a gay context and his ability, as a masculine-presenting gay man, to create friendships and work relationships across differences of sexual orientation.
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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History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Women's Studies
Chapkis, Wendy, "MacNaughton, Daniel" (2022). Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection. 95.
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