‘The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI Activism’
By Adrian Brooks, Foreword by Jonathan D. Katz, PhD Cleis Press, 2015 $18.95 243 pages same as a funeral march walked by strikers and their families in 1934.
Lately, it seems as though I’ve been seeing a plethora of books on Stonewall, as if that one event was where LGBTQI activism began. It’s not, of course, and “The Right Side of History” proves that.
Though it’s far from definitive, author Adrian Brooks collected his own work and that of several contributors to inform and inspire readers who likewise want to make change or to know where change came from. I liked browsing the short biographies here, but I noticed one quirk: some of the profiles are a bit of a reach. Yes, they are very interesting, and yes, they are about people who stood their ground, but were they LGBTQI activists? Perhaps not always.
Even so, what you’ll read here may make you want to do something. At the very least, it’ll raise your understanding of those who paved the way.