Chuck Forester was raised in northern Wisconsin and attended Dartmouth and Penn and holds a MCP in city planning and an MFA in poetry. He spent two years in the Peace Corp in Chile with his wife and his son was born shortly after they arrived in San Francisco in 1971. Chuck worked for three San Francisco mayors before serving as an executive with several nonprofits. He was chairman of the Board of the Human Rights Campaign Committee, now the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and he led the effort that raised $3.5 million for the Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the SF Public Library. Since coming out Chuck’s has had a keen interest in supporting LGBT literature and preserving LGBT history. Chuck had the good fortune to come out in 1972 in the most supportive possible environment. Michael A. Schoch, his partner of eighteen years, succumbed to AIDS in 1994. Chuck has been living with HIV since 1987.