Visit by Author Michael Helquist

photo of author and book cover

Michael Helquist, journalist and historian,  will visit the Lavender Library on Friday July 21, from 7-9PM to discuss his new book, Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions. In his book, Helquist tells the story of how Equi fought for women’s and worker’s rights, sometimes literally—she once horsewhipped a school superintendent for withholding her girlfriend’s full pay. In the course of her fiercely independent life, Equi provided birth control and abortions at a time when they were illegal, was one of the first people in a same-sex relationship to adopt a child, and served time in San Quentin for protesting World War I.

Refreshments will be provided, and books will be available for purchase and signing. Metered street parking is available, along with a few free parking spots in the building’s small lot.

If you are interested in other books on LGBTQ history, check out our non-fiction section with works by other historians like George Chauncey and Susan Stryker.

For more information, email the Lavender Library at

Address and Phone: 1414 21st Street, Sacramento CA 95811, (916) 492-0558