by Adrian Brooks - £12.99 Cleis Press (2015)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781627781237 | ISBN 10: 1627781234
The Right Side of History tells the hundred-year history of queer activism in a series of revealing close-ups, first person accounts, and intimate snap-shots of some of LGBT pioneers and radicals, both the known and many heretofore unknown. Adrian Brooks's bold and brave book brings to life a diverse cast, stretching from the Edwardian period to today, and includes first person accounts of the key protest that it is at heart of the 2015 movie, Stonewall.
Described by gay scholar Jonathan Katz as "willfully cacophonous, a chorus of voices untamed," The Right Side of History sets itself apart from all other histories and herstories by covering the period beginning with the freewheeling turn-of-the-century Bohemianism of Isadora Duncan and the 1924 establishment of the nationís first gay group ó the Society for Human Rights; it also includes the organization and gay activism of labor unions in the 1920s and 1930s, the 1950s Civil Rights Movement, the 1960s anti-war protests, the sexual liberation movements of the 1970s (and more contemporary issues such as marriage equality), and queers at the forefront of contemporary peace and social justice movement, from antiwar protests to Palestinian rights. The book shows how LGBT and Intersex folk have always been in the forefront of progressive social evolution in the United States: artistically, spiritually, and politically. It references such celebrated heroes and heroines as Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bayard Rustin, Harvey Milk, and Edie Windsor, all having played parts in the nationís steady advance towards full equality.
Equally, the book honors those whose names arenít in history books, from participants in the Names Project (now a national phenomenon memorializing 94,000 people who have died of AIDS) to the current underground anonymous agitprop artists ó Bay Area Queers Unleashing Power ó who take their politics to the street. Among its many contributors are some of the pioneering voices in queer history itself.
(Price & availability last checked: October 2015)