At the time of this interview, Ellie Sparks was a social worker based in central Maine, working with people with HIV/AIDS. She came out as gay during the mid-1970s at Roland’s Bar in Portland, ME (at the time, the only gay bar in the city). She was part of a group of women that formed the Maine Lesbian Feminists (MLF). She also became involved with the Maine Women for a Nuclear Free Future, a group that supported a referendum to close the Maine Yankee nuclear power plant. In the early 1980s Sparks became involved in the Portland Women’s Community (PWC), where she helped to create the PWC newsletter.
University of Southern Maine
Ellie Sparks, HIV, AIDS, Roland’s, Maine Lesbian Feminists, Jean Stickney, Maine Women for a Nuclear Free Future, Maine Yankee, Portland Women’s Community, Fruits of Our Labor, Maine Gay Task Force, Peter Prizer, Susan Henderson
Winter, Madeleine, "Sparks, Ellie" (1999). USM Lesbian and Gay Oral History Project. 5.