First encyclopedia of gay men published

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23 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — The first encyclopedia of gay men in the Netherlands is published on Thursday.

23 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — The first encyclopedia of gay men in the Netherlands is published on Thursday.

Publisher Ambo/Anthos say the Dutch-language encyclopedia may also be the first of its kind in the world.

The book features 25 authors — almost all of whom are gay — discussing the history and culture of gay men in the Netherlands. The encyclopedia contains 1,300 entries spread across 24 chapters.

The chapters deal with gay history in the Netherlands, politics, the law and rights, philosophies, as well radio and television.

Ambo/Anthos said on Tuesday that the book is aimed at a wide audience and is written in a accessible way. "There are things in here that outsiders would not know about," a spokeswoman for the publisher said.

The idea of the encyclopedia has been around for years but the book could only be published after Ambo/Anthos got subsidies from the Hartenfonds and VSB Fonds foundations.

The first edition will comprise of 3,000 copies and Mayor Geert Dales will be presented with the first copy on Thursday.

The Liberal Party (VVD) politician was chosen in recognition of his "conspicuous efforts" to protect gay people, Ambo/Anthos said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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