First and foremost, I am indebted to the staff and volunteers of numerous
archives who helped me to locate the sources for this book. Th e Gay, Les-
bian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society has been a constant source
of inspiration, and I am grateful to Rebekah Kim and Marjorie Bryer for
overseeing its rich archival collections, as well as to volunteers past and
present for their pioneering work in community- based queer history. Th e
staff at the University of California, Berkeley’s Bancroft Library were par-
ticularly helpful and patient during the initial months of this study, while I
learned how to move back and forth between my research questions and the
mass of documents available. Archivists at the California Historical Society,
California State Archives, California State Library, Huntington Library, and
San Francisco History Center also provided invaluable assistance tracking
down materials, and I thank them for their enthusiasm and diligence. I owe
special thanks to the staff at the San Francisco Public Library’s Magazines
and Newspapers Center for creating a wonderfully open research space
where local school kids, homeless adults, community college students, and
el der ly people seeking the obituaries of friends could work side by side.
Finally, I give special thanks to Estelle Freedman and Gerard Koskovich for
generously sharing their personal collections with me.
I began research for this book as a doctoral student at the University of
California, Santa Cruz, and I am indebted to my dissertation committee
members for their insights and direction. Nancy Stoller, my committee chair,
worked long and hard to create space within academia for community-
oriented, po liti cally engaged studies of sexualities. I am thankful for her
support and guidance through the long and oft en confusing pro cess of re-
search and writing. I also thank Melanie DuPuis for her exceptional men-
torship. I fi rst conceived of this project during Melanie’s historical methods
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