Contrary to popular mythology, the LGBT civil rights movement did not begin with the June 1969 Stonewall Rebellion at New York’s Stonewall Inn. Eric Jansen’s guests this week on Out in the Bay are Adrian Brooks, essayist and editor of, and Max Wolf Valerio, essay contributor to the new anthology The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI Activism. The book contains 31 essays by and about people who’ve advanced queer rights over the past century, starting with Isadora Duncan, the early 20th Century revolutionary dancer who shocked the U.S. with her Communism and bisexuality, and including Stonewall participant Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Harvey Mik, Barney Frank, Josephine Baker and Martin Luther King Jr.’s chief strategist, Bayard Rustin. (Airs 7pm PDT Thursday, 9/10/15, on 91.7fm + kalw.org)
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The Right Side of History is available on Amazon.com and in independent bookstores.