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Gay cowboys and Indians; dances where gay men and lesbians switched to opposite-sex partners when the cops barged in; a ’50s dyke bar with restrooms labeled “butch” and “femme”; gay discos and lesbian folksingers; the AIDS quilt: They’re all summarized, albeit briefly, in Neil Miller‘s Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History From 1869 to the Present. The term“homosexuality,” Miller writes, was coined in 1869, and his thick paperback—more a general reference than a comprehensive source—breezes through the 126 years that followed. He reads at 6 p.m. at Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 462-6969. (Nathalie op de Beeck)