There was a panel discussion during the 2009 Southern Maine Pride week on Thursday June 18th at MECA. The panel focused on Inter-generational queer/ trans activism and how we will continue to document and tell our stories.


Susie Bock

Susie R. Bock was hired as Head of USM’s Special Collections in May 1999. In 2002 she was appointed Director of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine.  Both positions make her responsible for developing and caring for the LGBT Collection which contains the papers of individuals and the records of organizations active Maine’s LGBT communities.

Erica Rand

Erica Rand is a writer, critic, activist, and Professor of Art and Visual Culture and of Women and Gender Studies at Bates College.  Her writings include Barbie’s Queer Accessories and the Ellis Island Snow Globe, and she serves on the board of the journal Radical Teacher.  In the 1990s, she participated in many of the political actions chronicled in Annette Dragon’s photographs and wrote a sex/politics advice column called Ask Thighmaster: Advice with Holes for Apex, the publication that Dragon co-founded.  (Photo from Annette’s collection, 1992)

Ryan Conrad

Ryan Conrad is an MFA candidate in the Studio Arts Program at the Maine College of Art and a radical queer activist living in Lewiston, Maine.  Both his academic work and activism center around the theory and practice of radical queer activism, queer historiographies and queer cultural resistance.  He is a member of the Maine based radical queer direct action collective, the Naughty North!, and an ardent archivist.

jenJen Hodsdon Jen Hodsdon is a lesbian mom and a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine. She has varied experience in local activism, including co-hosting a radio show on WMPG, planning the Transgender Day of Remembrance, coordinating the Maine SpeakOut Project, co-editing a zine of working class literature, and directing the Vagina Monologues.  She has lived her whole life in the state of Maine.