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Articles in the Qualia Encyclopedia of Gay People:

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Accessorizing
Activism
ACT UP
Emperor Ai
AIDS
Aikāne
Robert Aitken
Allies
A-mei
Angel Action
Gloria Anzaldúa
Aravani Festival
Architecture
Ardhanari
Aswat
Azis

B

Bahuchara Mata
Ballad
Ballroom Scene
Bar, Nightclub
Bear
Bear Music
Alison Bechdel
Gladys Bentley
Bisexual
Bitch
Black and Blue
Body
Body Fascism
Boston Marriage
Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell

C

Camp
Camp Records
Carlos Las Vegas
Cartoons and Comics
Castro Theatre
Stacyann Chin
Meg Christian and Cris Williamson
Circuit
Closet
Code
Coming Out
Corrective Rape

D

Dance
Daughters of Bilitis
Gerald Davis
FolkWitness: Davis AFS Speech
Day of Silence
Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan
Michael Dillon
Dinah Shore Weekend
Disabled and Differently Abled
Disco
DJ
Documentary
Drag
Drag Ball
Drag King
Drag Queen
Dykes On Bikes

E

Bulent Ersoy
Erzulie Dantor
Ethics
FolkWitness: Ethics and Assisted Suicide
Ex-Gay
FolkWitness: Ex-Gay Therapy and Torture

F

Fa’afafine
Fag Bomb and Gay Bomb
Fairy
Family
Feminine
Festival
Fire Island
Flag
Flagging
Flame
Folklore and Folklife

G

FolkWitness: Natalia Gaitán
Gay
Gay American Heroes
Gay Games
Gender
Henry Gerber
Steve Greenberg
Sakia Gunn

H

Halloween
Mabel Hampton
Hanh Thi Pham
Hanky Code
Harm Reduction
Hatshepsut
Healthways
Hercules and Love Affair
Hi’iaka
Hijra
Hinaleimoana
FolkWitness: Hinaleimoana’s Chant Celebrating Marriage Equality
HIS Kings
Homokaasu
Homophobia
Homosexual
Blessed Bernardo de Hoyos (work in progress)
FolkArt: Hu Ming
Hu Tianbao
Humor

I

I Was Born This Way
Icon
Power Infiniti
Institute of Sexology
International Court System
Intersex
Invasion of the Pines
Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees

J

Grace Jantzen
Jazz and Blues
Joke
Juana Inés de la Cruz

K

Ka’ahumanu
Kamehameha III
Kathoey
Frankie Knuckles
Kvisa Shchora

L

Labrys
The Ladder
Ladies of Llangollen
Ladyfest (author needed)
Leather
Lesbian
Lesbian Avengers
Lesbian Herstory Archives
Lesbos
Larry Levan
LGBTQ
Li Yu
Lozen and Dahteste
Luster Lustivious
Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin

M

Machismo
Māhū
Mallinath
Irshad Manji
Man-Love Thursday
Marriage
Masculine
Mati Work (author needed)
Mattachine Society
Metropolitan Community Church
Dawn McKinley and Cathy Reynolds
Metrosexual
Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival
Military
Milk
Mishima Yukio
Mixing and Remixing
Mohini
Maryam Molkara
Molly
Mona’s
Susan Morabito
Murder Music
Music
Muxe and Nguiu
Myth and Legend

N

National Women’s Music Festival
Holly Near
Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep
Melka Nilsa and Wetka Polang
Willi Ninja
Nzinga

O

Olivia
Kevin Omni
Orixá
Outing
Out of the Shadow, Into the Sun

P

Paradise Garage
Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton (author needed)
Pat Parker
Gretchen Phillips
Pilgrimage
Pink Triangle
FolkWitness: Pink Triangle and Problems With Verification
Place and Geography
Poetry
Polari
Pride
Project Lazarus
Pussy Palace Raid
Pussy Riot

Q

Qualia
Queer
Queering
Queers On Wheels
The Quilt

R

Rabbit God Temple
Rainbow
Ramakrishna
Kaleo Ramos
Sultan Raziyya (author needed)
Toshi Reagon
Red Party
Red Ribbon
Religion
Revelations
Sylvia Rivera
Rodeo
Rosabel
Christina Rossetti (work in progress)
Bayard Rustin

S

San Domino Island (review pending)
Sahq (review pending)
Sappho
José Sarria
Bert Savoy
Scarlet Oh!
Sex Garage
Sexology
Sex Wars
Shrine
Oliver Sipple
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Smash
Sodom
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Spirituality
Sports
Sports Icon
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
Polly Stewart
FolkWitness: Polly Stewart’s “What Parson Weems Didn’t Tell You”
Stonewall
Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park
Sworn Virgin
Sylvester
Symbol

T

Takarazuka Revue
Tango
Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Text
Theater
The Theater Offensive
Billy Tipton
Toronto Bathhouse Raids
Trans
Trembling Before G-d
Turkish Oil Wrestling
Two-Spirit

U

Urania

V

San Vicente
Village
Le Village
Village People

W

Louisa Wall
Mae West
We’wha and Nancy
Wigstock Riots
Oscar Wilde
Saint Wilgefortis (review pending)
Woman Chief
Women’s Land Movement
Women’s Music
Women’s Music Festival

X

Xena

Y

Yagli Gures
‘Yan Daudu
Yaoi and Yuri

Z

al-Zarqa’ (review pending)

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Accessorizing

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This gallery contains 20 photos.

Accessorizing refers to the use of something in such a way that it accents one’s appearance. In the LGBTQ community, accessorizing is a highly valued folk art, a means for sending coded messages to attract likeminded people and romantic partners, a strategy for calling attention to oneself and one’s cause, and the overall fabulous presentation of self in carnivalesque settings. Continue reading

Activism

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This gallery contains 23 photos.

Activism is public performance for the rights of a specific group of people. It encompasses activities such educational seminars, distribution of information (paper and online), fundraising, protests, and rioting. LGBTQ activists have played an important role in Gay folklife, and activism is an important Gay folkway that intersects with many other folkways in the community. Among the many strategies developed by Gay folk activists since the late 1800s, rarely has violence been used. Continue reading

ACT UP

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This gallery contains 7 photos.

Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP or ACT-UP) is an LGBTQ activist group that promotes direct action (dramatic performance of public confrontation) as a folkway for getting its message spread through news media outlets on behalf of people with AIDS. Continue reading

Emperor Ai

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Emperor Ai was not interested in women. Ai noticed the tall, handsome official, Dong Xian, in the court and requested him to stay in the palace for company. The Emperor’s affections to Dong became legendary because of the story of an incident that occurred when he was sleeping with Dong one afternoon. Ai was called to the court, but he did not want to wake up Dong, who was sleeping on the Emperor’s sleeve. The Emperor cut off the sleeve and got up. The style of the abbreviated sleeve became fashionable among the courtiers, and “cut sleeve” was recognized as a common term for same-sex love. Continue reading

AIDS

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This gallery contains 12 photos.

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or AIDS is a medical condition that is characterized by a severe suppression of the immune system, often resulting in numerous opportunistic infections.
AIDS awareness and activism are important aspects of Gay identity and community. Many of the LGBTQ AIDS activist folkways that began in the USA have inspired similar organizations and movements across the globe, with an ethic of inclusion that extends across ethnic, gender, racial, religious, and orientation lines. Continue reading

Aikāne

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This gallery contains 6 photos.

Aikane is a term used in classical Hawaiian culture for an intimate male friend of lower rank involved with a man of ali’i (noble) rank. In contemporary Hawaiian folklife, it now refers to a close masculine male confidante to another masculine man, and with whom the masculine man might or might not have a sexual relationship. It may also refer to a dear friend of any sex or gender. Continue reading

Robert Aitken

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This gallery contains 9 photos.

Robert Aitken, a retired lay Zen Buddhist priest in Honolulu, Hawaii, was a Straight ally and an icon to socially-engaged Buddhists and Gay Buddhists worldwide. In 1995, Aitken gave written testimony supporting same-sex marriage to a commission authorized by the Hawaii State Legislature, and has instituted same-sex marriage within his own congregation. Aitken is also attributed having said the following: “You can’t find enlightenment in the closet.” He died in Honolulu on August 5, 2010. Continue reading

Allies

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This gallery contains 11 photos.

Allies are people who do not identify as LGBTQ, and who offer support to LGBTQ causes and communities. Although there is some dispute as to whether allies are members of the Gay community, some classifications give them honorary membership within the umbrella category of “Queer.” Continue reading

A-mei

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This gallery contains 7 photos.

Zhang Hui-Mei (also known as A-mei) is a Taiwanese pop music singer, Straight ally, and icon for the Gay community. She has achieved superstar status all over East Asia and portions of Southeast Asia. She is also known by her Taiwanese Aboriginal name: Gulilai Amit. Continue reading