Jean Stickney came out as gay in 1969 at the age of 29. Shortly after moving to Maine in 1973, she became involved with the Wilde-Stein Club, a gay and lesbian group at UMaine Orono that was instrumental in holding the first Maine Gay Symposium. Stickney went on to become involved with the Maine Lesbian Feminist (MLF) group, where she helped create the MLF newsletter, which included essays and poems as well as announcements about events that women would be interested in. She also helped provide workshops on parenting, alcohol addiction, and lesbian massage. After MLF became a defunct group, she started a newsletter called Fruits of Our Labor, which included announcements for events that would be of interest to the gay and lesbian community in Maine. Stickney later received the Lesbian Alliance Award for her work on the MLF and Fruits of Our Labor newsletters.
University of Southern Maine
Jean Stickney, Bangor House, University of Maine, Wilde-Stein Club, Maine Gay Symposium, Maine Lesbian Feminist, Susan B. Anthony Club, Fruits of Our Labor, Belfast
Winter, Madeleine, "Stickney, Jean" (1999). USM Lesbian and Gay Oral History Project. 4.