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Adrian Brooks
Adrian Brooks is a poet, novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright and performer. In the 1960s he was active in the anti-war protest movement, a volunteer for Martin Luther King Jr., and a student at the radical international Friends World Institute, and he attended Woodstock. During the 1970s he was in SoHo with Andy Warhol and in the fore of gay lib culture as a poet, activist, scriptwriter and star of the San Francisco “Angels of Light,” an iconic underground free theater and radical vanguard of the city.

He has lived in Europe, Africa, India and Australia, staging multimedia theater performances with the famous “Amsterdam Balloon Company.” He’s given poetry readings at Shakespeare & Co in Paris, Cambridge University in the UK, brown cafés in Holland, and AIDS hospices, and for men’s groups. A devotee of Ramana Maharshi, he’s offered counseling on death row at San Quentin. Brooks continues to write about vanguard counterculture from the '60s to the present and reviews books for Lamba Literary. Currently he runs a book reading series at Books Inc. in the Castro, San Francisco’s gay mecca; creates text for celebrated theater artist Sha Sha Higby; and supports charities in rural India. He blogs at

Entries by Adrian Brooks

Stalinist LGBT Thought Police?

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 12:28 AM

This evening, I read something crazy. A bisexual female friend, who is in a loving relationship with a trans man, is apprehensive about attending Pride celebrations because gay men hog the psychic atmosphere, and because many people (I assume of various gender preferences) cast slurs or aim criticism at others...

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Healing, Healers and the Whole Damn Thing

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 7:19 AM

I was at a party in Marin Country, just north of San Francisco, when a woman came up to me. Attractive, well-dressed in the laid-back style one would expect for such an ultra-hip place.

"Who are you?" she asked. I introduced myself, as did she.
"What are you...

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Matthew Shepard's Murder

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 1:12 PM

I'm stunned that people could take seriously any sort of linkage or theory of causal effect that "explains" or "puts into context" Matthew Shepard's torture and murder. What the hell would it matter if he knew his killers? Or used meth with them? Or even sold it? Firstly, such factoids...

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Government 'Slimdown'?

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 11:55 AM

I see with astonishment and disgust that the GOP and its henchmen at FOX News, for example, are now calling the government shutdown a "government slimdown."

"Slimdown" does not begin to address the real impact of this deliberate and catastrophic derailing of our government, affecting millions -- tens of...

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Surviving a Death Sentence

(7) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 11:15 PM

We went in for our test results together. It was May 1985. Still, after three years of reluctant monogamy enforced by the dread of a sex-borne plague stalking San Francisco, I feared for my lover of seven years. Christopher was younger and had been far wilder.

And my fears proved...

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