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‘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.

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