Encyclopedia of Homosexuality

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The Encyclopedia of Homosexuality (1990) was edited by Wayne R. Dynes, with the assistance of associate editors William A. Percy, Warren Johansson, and Stephen Donaldson. It was published in two volumes by Garland Press in 1990. The Encyclopedia contains 770 articles. It was reviewed positively in Reference & User Services Quarterly[1] and, at length, in the Journal of Homosexuality.[citation needed] It was listed on several "best books of the year" lists.[2]

In 1995 the Encyclopedia was withdrawn by Garland, following accusations in the Chronicle of Higher Education that the editor, Dynes, had published articles under the pseudonym Evelyn Gettone.[3] Dynes admitted that he had done so and apologized.[4] Dynes subsequently said that this was due to "a pressure group of leftist and feminist activists who viewed the Encyclopedia as lacking in political correctness".[5]

Shortly after its publication, work on an abbreviated edition of the Encyclopedia began, coordinated by Stephen Donaldson, and including new and revised articles. Because of Garland's withdrawal of the Encyclopedia, this concise version was never published.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Gough, Cal (1 January 1990). "Review of Encyclopedia of Homosexuality". RQ. 30 (1): 116–118. JSTOR 25828704.
  2. ^ According to P. Nation in Publishers Weekly, January 1992, the American Library Association's Award for one of 1990's Outstanding Reference Sources; Library Journals and Booklists Best Reference Books of the Year; Publishing Triangle's Editor's Choice Lambda Literary Award http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/9202100561/scaled-down
  3. ^ McMillan, Liz (May 26, 1995). "Pseudonym or Hoax?". The Chronicle of Higher Education."Follow-up Letter". June 16, 1995. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)Fialkoff, Francine (June 15, 1995). "In reference we trust?". Library Journal. 120 (11): 58.
  4. ^ "Editor of Encyclopedia of Homosexuality apologizes". Chronicle of Higher Education. June 16, 1995.
  5. ^ Dynes, Wayne R. (April 2006). "Why the Encyclopedia of Homosexuality Went Out of Print". William A. Percy.

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