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Those Others takes place in the Spring of 1965, and since this is the 45th anniversary year for Bloody Sunday, the Selma to Montgomery March and the first gay rights picket in Washington DC, events which play a role in the book, I decided to release the title early so that people might have it to read as they commemorate the events.
Those Others is based in part on a series of newspaper articles from the Washington Post in 1965.
This article was on the front page of section E on Sunday, January 31, 1965.
Here are the articles that appeared over the five day period.
The book not only tells the story of how a young man's perception of himself might have been influenced by these articles, but with the inclusion of reprints of the articles reveals that with gay equality, in spite of the tremendous gains made over the last five decades, we still must fight the same battles and misconceptions that were were present in 1965.
Michael also learns about equality from Civil Rights leaders as he becomes a part of that movement. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bayard Rustin and Viola Liuzzo provide insights that help him develop a different view of himself.
The articles from the Washington Post, hidden among the archives of the paper for decades, and King's speech at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March, are included as part of the book.