Networks of support dreamed up in living rooms and on dance floors evolved into hospices, high schools for queer teenagers, health clinics, film festivals, churches and synagogues, Pride marches, party circuits, and advocacy groups. Within the span of a few decades, institutions were built from scratch. Gay and lesbian writers penned a canon of novels, poems and plays. We didn’t have traditions draw on. We had to imagine ourselves, and our tools, into being.