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    • Well, I think the primary thing as I hold a copy of the book in my hands, the first copy arrived a few days ago - I really hope people browse, and REALLY get an understanding of how people were planting seeds for what we today call the LGBT civil rights movement in many, many places, in many many communities, and in many different ways years ago. In the 1960s, 1970s. And I hope people will really appreciate the diversity of stories. As I flip through the book, we have a marriage equality pioneer like Evan Wolfson, who literally drew the map and dedicated 30+ years of his life to advancing marriage equality- that was one cause he took one and won. And then I switch to Nancy Nangeroni, who is a transgender radio host living in Albuquerque NM, and whose radio show, Gender Talk, has served thousands of visitors not only in the US but around the world over many, many years. And she may not have the high profile work of an Evan Wolfson, but she’s been instrumental in supporting so many transgender people as they took that journey around the world. And my favorite interview, perhaps because it was the first, is a man named Eric Julber. He was a young, newly minted lawyer in the 1950s, was not himself gay, but wanted to do some pro bono civil rights work. And he came across this case where the United States postal service was refusing to mail an early gay magazine called “ONE” because they deemed it to be obscene. They literally deemed it obscene. And he took on the case of this magazine pro bono, took it all the way to the US Supreme Court, and won. He was literally the first person we interviewed after I had the idea for OUTWORDS. I had read a newspaper article about him, and even though he was not LGTBQ himself, I knew his work was incredibly important to our movement. So I got myself up to Carmel, California, to get his interview in January 2015, and that was literally our first interview.