Encyclopedia of GLBTQ Culture

Wed. April 2, 2003 12:00 AM by Internet Wire

Los Angeles, CA - Scholars, academic researchers and experts in the arts and literature have created an encyclopedia of facts and information about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (glbtq) culture. The new glbtq encyclopedia goes online today at www.glbtq.com. Written for anyone with an interest in glbtq culture and the lives of glbtq people, glbtq.com is a free encyclopedia containing more than one million words in 900-plus entries. Many of the encyclopedia's entries are illustrated with more than 200 historical photographs and illustrations collected from some of the most renowned archives and libraries in the world.

Contributors range from Douglas Blair Turnbaugh, representative to the U.S.A. and Membre Conseiller of the Conseil International de la Danse/UNESCO; to Shaun Cole, curator of Designs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; to Edward Sullivan, chair of New York University's Department of Fine Arts; and Carla Williams, Blues aficionado and Sante Fe-based photographer. "The glbtq encyclopedia project really has been a personal passion of mine," said Andrew "Wik" Wikholm, president and producer of glbtq.com who also founded the popular gayhistory.com. "This undertaking was only possible through the tireless work of many of the pioneers in the emerging field of glbtq studies."

"We are very fortunate to have many of the leading experts in glbtq studies serve on our editorial staff and on our Board of Editorial Consultants," said Wikholm, adding, "It has been quite gratifying to see more than 260 professionals, scholars and experts submit their signed entries for inclusion in the glbtq encyclopedia."

"The glbtq encyclopedia breaks new ground in glbtq studies," said General Editor Claude J. Summers, Ph. D., William E. Stirton Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. "Much of the information that is available in the encyclopedia was almost impossible to find 25 years ago. Even in recent years, as interest in glbtq culture has grown, this information was only accessible to scholars and specialists. With glbtq.com, anyone, anywhere, can share in the wealth of information that has been amassed about glbtq culture."

glbtq was created for ease of use. Each major topic is introduced by a survey entry which includes a related-entries section that leads to entries of more specific interest. With this feature, visitors can review a range of topics and then quickly zoom in on specific subtopics. This makes the glbtq encyclopedia an attractive educational tool for students, professors and other researchers who demand in-depth information. The glbtq Web site also encourages collaboration and debate in discussion boards organized around specific interests.

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