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Pride Maine LGBT History: Life and Activism in the 1970s, a panel discussion and exhibit

Wednesday, June 18 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Main Library
Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors

Presented in partnership with Portland Public Library and Portland Pride


Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negative Collection: Portland Public Library Special Collections.

In this Ruby (40th) Anniversary year of the founding of the LGBT movement in Maine, hear from the early activists whose efforts to organize polarized the state and made national news. The first leaders were influenced in varying degrees by the Civil Rights, Women’s, Anti-War, and Black Power Movements. In the aftermath of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969, similar scenarios were being played out across the country as LGBT activists took to the streets to demand their rights. This will be an evening of sharing history, lessons learned, and how those lessons can be applied to the present day. Join us for a reception at 5:30pm, the panel discussion will start at 6:30pm. Book signing during reception and after panel discussion with Sandy Phippen, whose book Sturge A Memoir celebrates the life of Sturgis Haskins, co-founder of the Wilde-Stein Club who passed away in 2012.


  • Steve Bull, co-founder of the Wilde-Stein Club and Maine Gay Task Force
  • Wendy Ashley, co-founder, Maine Gay Task Force, Maine Lesbian Feminists
  • Stephen Leo, co-founder of the Gay People’s Alliance at USM and Maine Gay Task Force
  • Mariah Breeding, co-founder of the Maine Gay Task Force, Maine Lesbian Feminists
  • Lois Galgay Reckitt, Executive Director, Family Crisis Services and co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign Fund
  • Chair and Moderator: Stan Fortuna, co-founder of the Maine Gay Task Force and Gay People’s Alliance at USM, editor of the MGTF Newsletter.

Exhibit material courtesy of the LGBT Collection at the Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM.

Food provided by Black Tie Co. and Dean’s Sweets. Entertainment provided by The Plaid Dragonflies.

Sponsored by: USM Sampson Center for Diversity and Maine Historical Society