Russ Lopez is the author of The Hub of The Gay Universe: An LGBTQ history of Boston, Provincetown, and Beyond. He has worked at Boston City Hall and the Massachusetts State House and has decades of experience with LGBTQ and straight politics. With his masters from Harvard and a doctorate from Boston University, Lopez’s scholarship focuses on urban studies and the issues affecting people who live in cities, especially those who are often disenfranchised or rarely have an opportunity to have their voices heard. He knows his subject matter: Lopez has lived in Boston his entire adult life and has summered in Provincetown for decades. Having participated in many of the events described in the final chapters of this book, he combines his personal experience with the LGBTQ community with his social and political expertise. The Hub of the Gay Universe is Lopez’s fourth history book and sixth book overall.