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Adrian Brooks is an American writer and activist who’s been the vanguard of progressive political, spiritual, and social movements since the 1960s. An international traveler, poet, performer, playwright, painter, and designer, he is also a novelist and nonfiction writer. In 1968 he volunteered for Martin Luther King in Washington, D.C. Following Dr. King’s assassination, Brooks did field work in Mexico and East Africa before attending Woodstock in 1969, then went to India with the Friends World Institute. In the early 70s, he was active in New York’s then radical SOHO Movement, then moved West where he became a prominent as one of the first gay liberation poets and as the scriptwriter and star performer of the legendary San Francisco “Angels of Light,” an offshoot of the Cockettes. The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQ Activism (Cleis Press) tells the 100-year history of queer activism in a series of revealing close-ups, first-person accounts, and intimate snapshots of LGBT pioneers and radicals.