GLBTQ.COM, THE ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL,
TRANSGENDER AND QUEER (GLBTQ) CULTURE, CELEBRATES ITS SUCCESSFUL
FIRST YEAR WITH THE LAUNCH OF ITS NEW HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Encyclopedia Now Addresses Same-Sex Marriage and Other Issues at
Stake in the 2004 U.S. Elections
CHICAGO, (March 3, 2004) -- www.glbtq.com, the world's
largest encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and
queer culture, celebrated its successful first year of operation on
March 3, 2004 with the launch of a new section devoted to History
and the Social Sciences. The new History and Social Sciences
Department extends the encyclopedia's scope to include worldwide
GLBTQ history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy,
religion and politics.
Like the 900-plus entries in glbtq.com's existing Art and Literature
Departments, the 300-plus entries in the new History and Social
Sciences Department present the work of dozens of experts who have
contributed signed entries to the encyclopedia.
The list of History and Social Sciences contributors includes noted
GLBTQ historian and activist Susan Stryker; sexologist, author and
Kinsey Award recipient Vern Bullough; distinguished scholars Eugene
Rice and Louis Crompton; attorney and Professor Greg Johnson who
acted as co-counsel in a ground-breaking Alaskan gay marriage case;
and many others.
glbtq.com Now Addresses Contemporary Social and Political Topics
"The release of new entries on such topics as gay marriage, civil
union, domestic partnerships, United States Supreme Court rulings
and the movements for GLBTQ civil rights and social equality is
especially timely as these issues have risen to new prominence in
this U.S. election year," said Claude Summers, general editor of
glbtq.com. "While glbtq.com's existing Arts and Literature
departments have found a large following on university campuses and
in the GLBTQ community, the addition of the Social Sciences
department will help us reach an even larger audience."
A Successful First Year
During its first year of operation, glbtq.com served more than 3.5
million Web pages to more than 775,000 unique visitors. Thousands
return regularly to read the site's semimonthly features which have
highlighted such topics as "Lesbians in Hollywood,"
"African-American Literature: Gay Male" and "Latin American Art and
"The rapid development of such a large audience shows that
www.glbtq.com fills a need in our community and has found a unique
niche among GLBTQ publications," said Frédérique Delacoste, a
founder and publisher of Cleis Press, a GLBTQ publishing company.
Chicago-based glbtq.com was founded in 2000 to build the most
comprehensive, accessible and authoritative encyclopedia of GLBTQ
culture. The executive and editorial staff includes General Editor
Dr. Claude J. Summers, William E. Stirton Professor Emeritus in the
Humanities, University of Michigan-Dearborn; Copy Editor Dr.
Ted-Larry Pebworth, Professor Emeritus of English, University of
Michigan-Dearborn; and President Wik Wikholm, a seasoned IT
professional and an accomplished writer whose articles have appeared
in dozens of publications.