There will be an encyclopedia of global LGBT+ history


The title, Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History, claims to be “the first international, authoritative and academically rigorous reference title” to be focused on the history of the rainbow community. It includes 3 volumes, 1,800 pages and 383 entries on LGBT+ history, including the major personalities (LGBT campaigners, celebrities and the main allies of the community) and events (Prides, fests, political manifestations and meetings related to LGBT in different countries). LGBT history of more than 70 countries is to be highlighted. The encyclopedia editor Howard Chiang explained in a blog post the challenge presented by merging global history and LGBT+ history, which tend to have opposite aims—the former highlights connectivity and similarities, while the latter tends to stress diversity and multiplicity. Chiang said the editorial board tried to overcome these challenges by recruiting experts of and from different world regions, ensuring transnational topical coverage and placing particular focus on discussing imperialism and colonialism.


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