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    • It’s not easy to give a simple answer. There are so many different ways. When we started out, I had 2 main advisors: one was a recently published history of the LGBT movement called The Gay Revolution by Lillian Faderman, and that book was published in 2015, it became like my Bible, highlighting names, contacting Lillian, having her put me in touch with some of the people in the book who were still alive. And the other very very important source was a gentleman who’d worked in the Obama White House named Gautam Raghavan, and because he’d worked in the Obama White House as an LGBT Liaison, he knew people all over the country. So that’s how we got started. And from there, we also did internet research, like “Who are the amazing LGBT pioneers in Michigan,” or “Who are Asian-American LGBT Pioneers,” and then as time went on, and we did more interviews, our interview subjects would say “I’ve had a good experience, and you should interview so-and-so.” So people began referring their friends to us. There’s no doubt that our list of interviewees are random and subjective. No one could say these are the most important 133 LGBTQ people. But there are countless others we need to interview, whose stories are equally valuable, we just haven’t had the chance to reach them yet.