R Conrad

A Short History of Small Town Queer and Trans Youth Organizing in Central Maine

Filed By R Conrad | January 31, 2011 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: Maine, Oral History, Outright L/A, queer youth

For the last year Outright L/A, the oldest continuously running queer and trans youth program in the state that I volunteer, has been working with talented Lewiston video-maker Craig Saddlemire of Round Point Movies to create a video documenting the history of the organization. The video includes interviews with current and former young people in the outright program from the last fifteen years as well as volunteer advisors, staff, founding members, local drag queens, and community activists.

The thirteen-minute video provides a context for LGBTQ activism in central Maine from the seventies to present day and shows how Outright L/A has grown from a small program operating out of a box in the basement of the YWCA to multifaceted program that has outlived all other Outright queer and trans youth programs in the state.

This oral history video project was made possible by a grant from The Harward Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College's Carignan Fund for Community Programs.


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really incredible, important work Ryan

Thank you so much for posting this!! I'm from Auburn and never participated in Outright or EL's GSA, but it's reassuring and powerful to see that support for kids to build confidence that I definitely never had in L/A.