Chronological overview in 2 volumes (vol. 1: 1848-1983, vol. 2: 1983-2006) of important historical events from around the world that have identified, defined and legally established the rights of GLBT persons.
Each chapter pairs an oral history excerpt with an original essay in which the authors address their methods and practices. They examine the role memory, desire, sexuality and gender play in documenting LGBTQ communities and cultures. The historical themes addressed, include: lesbian bar history in San Francisco (c. 1940s, 1950s): early homophile organizing and social activism in Los Angeles (c. 1950s and 1960s): Third World Liberation and feminist antiwar activism in the U.S. and Canada (c. 1960s, 1970s): electoral politics and the career of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in San Francisco (1970s): Latino AIDS memory and activism in San Francisco (1980s, 1990s): and the war in Iraq (2000s).