was an online encyclopedia of gay , lesbian , bisexual , transgender , and queer ( GLBTQ ) culture. It was named one of the “Best Free Web Sites Reference” in 2005 by the American Library Association . [1]

The encyclopedia contained more than 2.2 million words-including overviews and surveys-covering almost 2,000 entries. The Arts , Literature , and History and Social Sciences . The site also includes a discussion and interviews, slideshows, and spotlights. also issues a Newsletter on the 1st and 15th of each month, calling attention to new entries and spotlighting a particular group of entries.

The publisher of was Andrew “Wik” Wikholm . The General Editor was Claude J. Summers . Linda Rapp served as Assistant to the Editor.

All entries in the encyclopedia were signed and referenced. There were more than 350 contributors, whose biographies were included on the site. [2] These included Tee Corinne ( photographer and visual artist ), Shaun Cole ( curator at London ‘s Victoria and Albert Museum ), William Hood (professor of art at Oberlin College ), Karla Jay (director of Women’ s Studies at Pace University ) , Stephen O. Murray (writer), and Jim Provenzano(writer). Citation needed ]

The website closed on August 1, 2015 because of the collapse of the online advertising business model that had supported it. However, its contents have been officially archived at [3]


In association with Cleis Press , has produced three books:

  • Summers, Claude J. (2004). The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts . Cleis Press. ISBN  1-57344-191-0 .
  • Summers, Claude J. (2004). The Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance, & Musical Theater . Cleis Press. ISBN  1-57344-198-8 .
  • Summers, Claude J. (2005). The Queer Encyclopedia of Film & Television . Cleis Press. ISBN  1-57344-209-7 .


  1. Jump up^ “Best Free Reference Web Sites Combined Index, 1999-2008” . 2008 . Retrieved 2010-04-14 .
  2. Jump up^ “About glbtq” . Retrieved 2007-08-10 .
  3. Jump up^ “Archives of the glbtq Encyclopedia Project” . . Retrieved 29 August 2015 .

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