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Tragically, many men active in the burgeoning gay rights movement of the 1970s are now dead, leaving a huge deficit of experience, mentoring, and history in the gay community. Martin Duberman, however, lived through it all and is still working. One of the most important organizers of the early years, Duberman helped found the National Gay Task Force and has done more than anyone to advance the academic field of gay studies. The CUNY historian’s Stonewall is the definitive account of the seminal protest. Now Duberman looks back on his own life—at least the decade of it from 1971 to 1981. In Midlife Queer, we hear his views on a huge array of subjects, from gay politics to Hopi sexuality to American theater (including his romantic liaison with an unnamed D.C. theater critic who went on to trash one of Duberman’s plays). Duberman will talk about his new book today at 7:30 p.m. at Borders, 11301 Rockville Pike, Rockville. FREE. (301) 816-1067; and at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 462-6969. (John Cloud)