Diane Elze was born in Albany, NY, and moved to Maine in 1972. She was involved in the organizing of Our Paper, a publication that focused on gay and lesbian issues; she also helped organize the Maine Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance (MLGPA) and the Maine Lesbian Feminists (MLF). She worked with MLF to help organize the Maine Gay Symposium. She was involved in theater productions of Oklahomo, Stargaze, and Gayside Story, all of which were performed at the annual Maine Gay Symposium.
During the 1970s, she became involved with The AIDS Project as a case manager. She was also involved in organizing the Outright group for gay and lesbian youth in Portland, ME. She was a student member of the Wilde/Stein Club at the University of Maine at Orono (UMO) from 1976-78. She helped organize the greater Bangor Rape Crisis Center and she worked with Spruce Run in Bangor. She also helped start the first ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) movement, which involved protesting at government offices in support of civil rights for the gay and lesbian community.
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Winter, Madeleine, "Elze, Diane" (1999). USM Lesbian and Gay Oral History Project. 9.
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