Steve Bull is a lifelong LGBTQ+ and civil rights activist of Maine and California. Papers include correspondence, photographs, publications, and ephemera documenting the beginning of the gay liberation movement in Maine and Bull's participation in the movement, especially through his involvement with the founding of the Wilde-Stein Club at University of Maine Orono in 1973 and his chairmanship of the first Maine Gay Symposium in 1974. Bull's research papers document the University of Maine's reaction to the Wilde-Stein Club and national media coverage and opposition leading up to the first Maine Gay Symposium, and the University's ultimate acceptance and support of the Club. Organizational records document Bull's parents' involvement in Parents of Gays, the Wilde-Stein Club's early activities and members (including Karen Bye, John Frank, and Sturgis Haskins), and include photographs of the first Maine Gay Symposium. Publications include contemporaneous coverage of regional and national gay liberation, Marxism, labor, and civil rights movements.
Digitized items from this collection include material from the Wilde-Stein Club and the Maine Gay Symposium. Digitization is ongoing and additional items will be added in the future.
For more information about Steven Bull and to see additional items from his collection at USM please consult the finding aid.