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Michael Riordon was born in 1944 in Canada. He is an author, playwright, documentary maker, and oral historian who, as of 2015, had published 6 books and more than 60 spoken word/audio documentaries and plays, films and videos. His work has appeared in various publication such as "Toronto Life," "The New Internationalist," and "the Globe and Mail." His books include "The First Stone: homosexuality & the United Church of Canada" (1992), "Out Our Way: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Country " (1996), "Eating Fire: Family Life on the Queer Side" (2001), "An Unauthorized Biography of the World: Oral History on the Front Lines" (2004). His work frequently seeks to recover voices and stories of people who have been excluded from traditional historical and political narratives, including LGBTQ Canadians, First Nations youth, and grassroots activists in Palestine-Israel. As of 2015, he resided in rural eastern Ontario with his partner.