Some of the sites listed below focus on a specific author, others have a broader scope. They sometimes connect with the G&L Reading Group's book for a given month. PLEASE NOTE that I now add Websites only on an occasional basis.
Site of the Month
The glbtq encyclopedia is the most comprehensive, accessible, and authoritative compendium of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (glbtq) culture. It encompasses the lives and contributions of thousands of glbtq people who have influenced society through literature, the visual arts, music, law, politics, religion, the social sciences, and more. It features over 2.2 million words in 2,000 articles, and includes hundreds of complementary illustrations. Over 300 artists, academics, independent scholars, and practicing professionals have contributed signed entries. Visitors are invited to join the encyclopedia's discussion board communities which are organized around specific interests. These boards encourage collaboration and debate and are designed to contribute to the growing interest in glbtq studies.
The (month/year) after each entry indicates when I highlighted the site in the Reading Group Newsletter.
- 365gay.com daily GLBT newspaper with dozens of features (05/2005)
- African-American GLBT Literature (glbtq) two related articles: Lesbian African-American Literature and Gay Male African-American Literaure (03/2005 & 04/2005)
- American Lesbian Literature, 19001969 includes such extraordinary artists as novelist Willa Cather, modernist Gertrude Stein, poet Elizabeth Bishop, and many otherss (06/2005)
- Assault on Gay America (PBS) insights into homophobia, with extensive resources (04/2000)
- Baldwin / New York Times "Author Profile" of James Baldwin many NYT articles by and about Baldwin (12/2002)
- Bashô's Narrow Road to the Deep North (1694): Interactive Edition multimedia edition with copious notes and illustrations; also Japanese Same-Sex Literature (10/2004)
- Blake / William Blake Online links to Blake's writings and art (06/2001)
- Bowles / International Paul Bowles Society exhaustive resources for Paul and Jane Auer Bowles' works (08/2002)
- Britannica Online the great encyclopaedia now online, with some free resources (03/2000)
- Canadian GLBT Literature in English & GLBT Québécois Literature introduces many authors of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry (11/2005)
- Capote / Truman Capote: A Black + White Tribute photos of Capote and excerpts from his writings (12/2001)
- Cather / Willa Cather Web Site wide range of resources (01/2000)
- Center for Gidean Studies all aspects of André Gide's life and work (10/2003)
- Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) GLBT historical, cultural, political research (03/2002)
- Cinema GLBT filmmakers, great films, more (07/2004)
- Connecticut / The Pink and the Blue: GLBT Life in Connecticut and at Yale, 16422004 (04/2004)
- Daily Script hundreds of screenplays (08/2000)
- Selected GLBT Scripts: American Beauty • Battleship Potemkin • Bound • Gods & Monsters • Heavenly Creatures • My Own Private Idaho • Philadelphia • Rocky Horror Picture Show • Some Like It Hot • Talented Mr. Ripley • more
- DeepFocus Productions home of award-winning filmmaker Arthur Dong, who has made exceptional LGBT documentaries (01/2004)
- The Dictionary of the History of Ideas informative, provocative essays on pivotal ideas in the history of the humanities and sciences (not strictly a GLBT site but many key figures, discussed here, were GLBT) (09/2004)
- Earliest Recorded Same-Sex Couple? Egypt, c. 2400 BC (03/1999)
- Film GLBT filmmakers, great films, more (07/2004)
- Forster / 'Only Connect': Unofficial E.M. Forster Site articles by and about Forster, quotations, more (06/2002)
- García Lorca / Federico García Lorca: From Granada to the Moon ambitious multimedia tribute to Lorca (10/2002)
- Garland / Judy Garland as NY Times "Featured Subject" original reviews, articles, more resources (10/2001)
- Gay History and Literature (Rictor Norton's Site) fascinating original essays on queer culture (10/2000)
- German Homosexual Emancipation Movement (18971933) includes a dozen linked articles (07/2005)
- Gide Center for Gidean Studies all aspects of André Gide's life and work (10/2003)
- GLAAD promotes fair, inclusive portrayals of GLBTs in the media (09/2000)
- GLBT African-American Literature (glbtq) two related articles: Lesbian African-American Literature and Gay Male African-American Literaure (03/2005)
- GLBT Cinema GLBT filmmakers, great films, more (07/2004)
- GLBT Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, & Suspense/Mystery Literature recommended reading lists, news about NYC-based discussions (02/2000)
- glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture essential resource for glbtq literature, visual arts, film, music, fashion, sports, more (09/2003); their Social Sciences department with over 300 articles on GLBT aspects of history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, and more was the Site of the Month when it launched (03/2004 and 12/2005)
- glbtq Special Features collections of related articles on dozens of topics related to GLBT history, culture, and life (12/2004 and 09/2005)
- Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities information-rich hypertexts for Melville, Dickinson, Whitman, more (04/2002)
- Internet Movie Database (IMDb) you can search for films by/from GLBT authors (12/2000)
- Ioläus Edward Carpenter's landmark 1908 gay literary anthology (06/2004 & 02/1999)
- Isle of Lesbos Lesbian Poetry, from Sappho to Stein (05/2004 & previously in 05/1999)
- Japanese Same-Sex Literature also Bashô's Narrow Road to the Deep North (1694): Interactive Edition (10/2004)
- Kramer / The Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at Yale many resources, plus highlights of Yale's contributions to LGBT history; jump to introductory information below (06/2003)
- Lambda Literary Foundation supports GLBT literature and presents "Lammy" Awards (07/2000)
- Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale many resources, plus highlights of Yale's contributions to LGBT history; jump to introductory information below (06/2003)
- Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman Metropolitan Museum of Art's site contains a wealth of photos, commentaries, and other resources (03/2003)
- LGBT Community Center (NYC) where we, and dozens of other groups, meet (07/2002)
- Literary Encyclopedia thousands of authoritative entries on all aspects of English-language literature (02/2005)
- Lorca / Federico García Lorca: From Granada to the Moon ambitious multimedia tribute to Lorca (10/2002)
- Maupin / 28 Barbary Lane: the Armistead Maupin Web Site fantabulous source of information on Tales of the City author (08/1999)
- McCauley / Stephen McCauley's Web site information about his books, upcoming events, more (05/2003)
- Metropolitan Museum Web Site hundreds of works showcased (05/2000)
- Modern & Contemporary American Poetry complete, award-winning University of Pennsylvania course, from Dickinson and Whitman to today (04/2003)
- Murdoch / Iris Murdoch Resources on the Web detailed timeline, notes on all her works, maps, links, more (09/2002 & 01/2003)
- O'Neill / Jamie O'Neill's Web Site articles, reviews, photographs of the novel's actual locations, original stories by O'Neill, and more (07 & 08/2003)
- New York Review of Books a few resources are still free (07/1999)
- New York Times Author Profiles features many GLBT authors (12/1999)
- Some NYT Profiled Writers Important to GLBT Literature: Peter Ackroyd • James Baldwin • Pat Barker • Harold Bloom • Jorge Luis Borges • Paul Bowles • Anthony Burgess • Truman Capote • Angela Carter • Arthur C. Clarke • J.M. Coetzee • Colette • Patricia Cornwell • Hart Crane • Don DeLillo • Thomas M. Disch • Lawrence Durrell • T.S. Eliot • Michel Foucault • John Fowles • Federico Garcia Lorca • Allen Ginsberg • Allan Gurganus • Ernest Hemingway • Langston Hughes • Jack Kerouac • Jamaica Kincaid • Hanif Kureishi • David Leavitt • Alison Lurie • Thomas Mann • James Merrill • Yukio Mishima • Jan Morris • Vladimir Nabokov • Joyce Carol Oates • Reynolds Price • Annie Proulx • Manuel Puig • Thomas Pynchon • David Sedaris • Wallace Stevens • Gore Vidal • Evelyn Waugh • Edmund White • Tennessee Williams • Virginia Woolf
- Online Books Page 18,000 complete books, including all of the classics (03/2003 & previously in 09/1999, when there were a "mere" 9,000 titles)
- Online Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History: Section on Islam complex history of LGBT Muslims, with an introduction to their literary tradition (02/2003)
- People With A History GLBT History and Literature resources (04/1999)
- Perseus Project Classical Greek & Roman and English Renaissance resources (02/2001)
- The Pink and the Blue: GLBT Life at Yale and in Connecticut, 16422004 (04/2004)
- Poetry Lesbian / Isle of Lesbos Lesbian Poetry, from Sappho to Stein (05/1999)
- Poetry Modern & Contemporary American Poetry complete, award-winning University of Pennsylvania course, from Dickinson and Whitman to today (04/2003)
- Project Gutenberg thousands of unabridged free, public domain eBooks, including many classics of GLBT literature (02/2004)
- Proust Online our discussion group & Web-based Proust information (11/2000)
- Publishing Triangle 100 Best GLBT Novels list and additional resources (05/2002)
- Queer Arts Resource display and discussion of GLBT art (06/2000)
- QueerTheory.com comprehensive site devoted to LGBT and Gender Studies (02/2002)
- Rechy / John Rechy's Website the author's own site features many resources (08/2005)
- Renault / Greek World of Mary Renault resources for her novels set in the ancient world (01/2001)
- Russian Gay Culture GLBT contributions to Russian literature, film, art (11/1999)
- Sappho's Complete Poetry all surviving works of the first lesbian poet c. 6th Century BC (03/2001 and 10/2005)
- Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, & Suspense/Mystery Literature GLBT recommended reading lists, news about discussions (02/2000)
- Social Sciences department at glbtq encyclopedia over 300 articles on GLBT aspects of history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, and more (03/2004)
- Sontag / Susan Sontag Tribute (presented below) the official Susan Sontag Website offers several resources; also see the overviews at Wikipedia, glbtq.com, and "A Case of Curious Silence"; read her landmark essay "Notes on Camp" (01/2005)
- Special Features (glbtq.com) collections of related articles on dozens of topics related to GLBT history, culture, and life (12/2004)
- Stein / Gertrude Stein Online wide range of resources (08/2004 & 11/2001)
- Swade's Lesbian Tribal Chant: Glimpses of Our History outline of lesbian history (05/2001)
- Timetable of GLBT History from Britain's Knitting Circle (10/1999)
- Virago Press prestigious UK-based publisher of books by and about women; site includes several informative Reading Guides (12/2003)
- Web Sites of 100 GLBT Writers, Poets & Journalists from well-known authors to newcomers (11/2002)
- WebMuseum superb online art museum (06/1999)
- Some GLBT Visual Artists (post-1400): Abbott • Bacon • Beardsley • Blake • Boccioni • Bonheur • Botticelli • Il Bronzino • Cadmus • Caravaggio • Cellini • Cocteau • Correggio • Dal’ • David • Degas • Delacroix • Demuth • Donatello • Duchamp • Duquesnoy (Jérôme) • Dürer • Eakins • Erté • Gaugin • Gericault • Haring • Hartley • Hockney • Hosmer • Johns • Johnson • Kahlo • Leonardo da Vinci • Mapplethorpe • Michelangelo • Moreau • Nevelson • O'Keeffe • Parmigianino • Pollock • Raphael • Rauschenberg • Reni • Sargent • Stebbins • Sullivan • Titian • Tooker • van Dyck (Anthony) • Warhol • Weston • Whistler • White • Willson
- Whitman Archive electronic facsimilies of Walt Whitman's evolving poetry (there are six very different versions of Leaves of Grass) and the most comprehensive resources on his life and work. Also recommended: a revealing glbtq.com essay on same-sex aspects of Whitman's life and work (11/2004)
- Willson / Mary Ann Willson information on 19th C. folk artist who inspired the novel Patience & Sarah (01/2002); I created this resource especially for the Reading Group
- Woolf / Virginia Woolf as NY Times "Featured Author" reviews, articles, more (08/2001)
- Yale / The Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale many resources, plus highlights of Yale's contributions to LGBT history; jump to additional introductory information below (06/2003)
- Yale / The Pink and the Blue: GLBT Life at Yale and in Connecticut, 16422004 (04/2004)
- Yale University Library Research Guide for Gay and Lesbian Studies comprehensive (04/2001)
Additional Information About Selected Sites
As introduced at glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture: "The glbtq encyclopedia was founded with a single objective in mind: to serve as the most comprehensive, accessible, and authoritative online resource about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (glbtq) culture. [It] is written for everyone who has an interest in glbtq people and culture.
The encyclopedia's Literature and Arts Departments feature more than one million words in more than 900 entries. Entries come to life with hundreds of complementary illustrations and photographic images that showcase the lives and contributions of thousands of glbtq people who have influenced society through literature and the arts, including film, dance, fashion, and sports.
Visitors can review a range of topics, and then quickly zoom in on specific subtopics with ease. Each major topic is introduced by a survey entry which includes a related-entries section that leads to entries of more specific interest. These features make the glbtq encyclopedia an attractive educational tool for students, professors, and other researchers who demand in-depth information about glbtq topics. Visitors are invited to join the encyclopedia's discussion board communities which are organized around specific interests.
More than 260 artists, academics, independent scholars, and practicing professionals have contributed signed entries to the glbtq encyclopedia. The General Editor is Dr. Claude J. Summers, William E. Stirton Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, University of Michigan-Dearborn; Copy Editor is Dr. Ted-Larry Pebworth, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Michigan-Dearborn; President & Producer is Andrew "Wik" Wikholm, seasoned IT executive and an accomplished writer whose articles have appeared in dozens of publications."
The GLBT African-American literary tradition includes a diverse and powerful range of fiction, drama, poetry, and non-fiction, spanning many decades. The online glbtq encyclopedia offers two excellent Special Features articles: Lesbian African-American Literature and Gay Male African-American Literaure. Each includes brief introductions, as well as links to more detailed articles on the authors profiled. As glbtq notes, "Most African-American Lesbian Literature is as concerned with racism as it is with sexuality, causing many writers to construct Afrocentric sexual identities that affirm the power of black women." That page links to an overview article (in the first paragraph), as well as brief profiles, with links to detailed articles, about Jewelle Gomez, Lorraine Hansberry, June Jordan, Nella Larsen, Audre Lorde, Ann Allen Shockley, A'Lelia Walker, and Alice Walker. As glbtq writes in the related article, "The African-American gay male tradition in literature consists of a substantial body of texts, spans a period of nearly seven decades, and includes some of the most gifted writers of the twentieth century. It challenges black and white homophobia as well as straight and queer racism." There are links to an overview article (in the first paragraph), plus brief introductions and links to full essays on James Baldwin, Countee Cullen, Melvin Dixon, E. Lynn Harris, Langston Hughes, and Randall Kenan. Each of the articles on individual writers offers several supplementary features, such as bibliographies and links to related articles for both GLBT literature and other areas, including music, the visual arts, social sciences, and more.
Susan Sontag (19332004) was one of the most important figures in American intellectual life during the past half century. Although best known as a cultural philosopher (Against Interpretation, On Photography) she defined the concept of 'so bad it's good' in her landmark essay "Notes on 'Camp'" Sontag was also esteemed as a novelist (Death Kit, The Volcano Lover), screenwriter / filmmaker (Duet for Cannibals, Brother Carl), and theatre director. Her publisher, Farrar Straus & Giroux, offers the official Susan Sontag Website, with basic information on her books, a press room (featuring selected articles, online interviews, multimedia), and more. Wikipedia includes a biographical outline noting that "In the 1980s Sontag began a relationship with photographer Annie Leibovitz which lasted until her death" and a rich selection of Sontag links, including some devoted to her many awards and honors, the controversies she stirred up, and obituaries from prominent newspapers. For discussions of same-sex aspects of her life and work, see the Sontag entry at glbtq encyclopedia and the provocative article "A Case of Curious Silence" from the Los Angeles Times. Sontag will long continue to provoke discussion about and illuminate the vast range of her interests, from history and politics to literature and film to the meanings of our common humanity.
The Larry Kramer Initiative (LKI) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at Yale, founded in 2002, is the nation's largest and most ambitious program of its kind, as well as an international locus for LGBT Studies. It is dedicated to integrating the insights of LGBT Studies within both academic and public discourse. The LKI also supports the thriving LGBT community at Yale University through community building activities, special events (such as art exhibits), lectures and conferences, some of which are also open to the public (check their Web site for details). And the LKI serves as a model for similar programs springing up at universities and colleges both in the U.S. and abroad.
As noted at the LKI Web site, "In the over three hundred years since its founding, Yale has educated and been home to some of the most prominent queer scholars, activists, and artists in the nation's history." Just a few of those LGBT alumni/ae are the great songwriter Cole Porter (B.A. 1913, his musicals include Anything Goes and Kiss Me Kate), author Thornton Wilder (B.A. 1920, who wrote the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and the play Our Town), historian Martin Duberman (1952, author of Stonewall), tennis champion Renee Richards (B.A. 1955 when she was Richard Raskind), the multi-talented Larry Kramer (B.A. 1957, screenwriter and producer of the extraordinary film Women in Love, author of the novel Faggots and the play The Normal Heart, and founder of both GMHC and ACT-UP), critic Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (M.A. 1974, Ph.D. 1975 her Between Men and Epistemology of the Closet are foundational texts in LGBT Studies), filmmaker Jennie Livingston (B.A. 1983 she made the acclaimed documentary Paris is Burning), critic Judith Butler (B.A. 1984, author of Gender Trouble and The Psychic Life of Power, and a founder of Queer Theory), historian George Chauncey (B.A. 1977, M.A. 1981, Ph.D. 1989, one of the country's premiere historians and author of Gay New York which the Reading Group discussed in June 1997), playwright/screenwriter Paul Rudnick (B.A. 1977, author of Jeffrey), dramatist Richard Greenberg ('85 M.F.A. Drama, author of the Broadway hit Take Me Out), and many others.
You can learn more about Yale's other notable LGBT connections, including organizations which were founded there, by clicking on "Community," then going to "Queer Life at Yale." And be sure to check the LKI site periodically for news about upcoming special events.
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