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LGBT History in Maine 1856-1984

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Start Date

30-4-2021 12:00 AM

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Department

Women and Gender Studies

Faculty Mentor

Rose Cleary, PhD

Keywords

LGBT, homophobia, gender, maine, newspaper, newsletters, Bangor

Abstract

Maine has a rich LGBT history that is relatively unknown. This history is not without challenges, and yet the LGBT community was not discouraged from continuing their outreach. The LGBT community in Bangor created organizations in the 1970s that distributed newsletters and newspapers connecting isolated gays in rural Maine with their community. Bangor to the rural Maine gays who had little support in their small towns. These newspapers and newsletters were a way for gays in rural Maine to find the LGBT support lacking in their own communities. These media outlets allowed the 1970s LGBT community to thrive. Outreach like this occurred in other geographical communities around the country in this period. Despite hate crimes and a homophobic public, these LGBT communities stayed strong and resilient due, in part, through these forms of outreach they accomplished. Research into these newsletters and newspapers will be the main subject of this project, but articles of other LGBT communities will also be used. These resources will be used to show the strength of the LGBT communities within these pockets of America. Furthermore, I hope to use radical feminism and the dominance of the patriarchy as evidence for the intolerance that allowed for homophobic hate crimes. This project aims to tell about the use of media within LGBT history in a small community and within the greater US. Furthermore, this project is meant to show the narrative of the LGBT community and its strength in a time of LGBT invisibility.

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LGBT History in Maine 1856-1984

Maine has a rich LGBT history that is relatively unknown. This history is not without challenges, and yet the LGBT community was not discouraged from continuing their outreach. The LGBT community in Bangor created organizations in the 1970s that distributed newsletters and newspapers connecting isolated gays in rural Maine with their community. Bangor to the rural Maine gays who had little support in their small towns. These newspapers and newsletters were a way for gays in rural Maine to find the LGBT support lacking in their own communities. These media outlets allowed the 1970s LGBT community to thrive. Outreach like this occurred in other geographical communities around the country in this period. Despite hate crimes and a homophobic public, these LGBT communities stayed strong and resilient due, in part, through these forms of outreach they accomplished. Research into these newsletters and newspapers will be the main subject of this project, but articles of other LGBT communities will also be used. These resources will be used to show the strength of the LGBT communities within these pockets of America. Furthermore, I hope to use radical feminism and the dominance of the patriarchy as evidence for the intolerance that allowed for homophobic hate crimes. This project aims to tell about the use of media within LGBT history in a small community and within the greater US. Furthermore, this project is meant to show the narrative of the LGBT community and its strength in a time of LGBT invisibility.

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