Brenda Knight, my publisher and editor extraordinaire. Justin Loeber, Mouth Publicity, Michelle Lewy, sales and marketing maven, Mango Publishing. John Bowman, first editor. Lisa Haefele-Thomas, MS-Word maven. Susan Liroff, Spitfire Graphics. Anna Marks, Oaktown Video. Jay Thomas, Website designer.

All who agreed to tell their stories with unflinching honesty and passion. Dustin Lance Black, Foreword.

The local bookstores, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, public service groups, academics, friends and boosters, thank you. Women’s National Book Author’s (WNBA) Association, San Francisco Chapter.

My Black Labrador Guide Dog Career Change Puppy who kept me company many long hours of research and writing. My Beloved, without whom none of this would be possible.