A blog about the ongoing research work by librarian Ryan Schultz of Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) on Rainbow Lives, a list of 3,500+ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer lives (many with a brief profile, photo and quote).
Thursday, April 22
I'm sure that many of you have been following, or at least have heard of, the bizarre Mike Danton murder-for-hire story. It appears more and more likely that the unusual relationship between Danton and his agent David Frost was more master-disciple than sexually oriented.
Well, I have started adding a few new names, but I'm way behind (*sigh*). I've also been thinking seriously about a major redesign of the site. And I also have about four months' worth of email to respond to...
Me and my crazy hobbies :-)
Effective March 1st, 2004, the focus of the Rainbow Lives project will be narrowed considerably. While it has been great fun, over the past five years, to throw in the names from as many queer people from as many places around the world as possible, it's also tiring, and what started out as fun is turning out to be not-so-fun.
So as of March, I will only be including the names of queer Canadians (selectively) and queer Manitoban (as exhaustively as possible). I want this list to be a resource about (and for) Canada's queer community, with a Manitoba emphasis.
I will endeavour to add all the great suggestions people leave with me, as long as they meet the qualification above.
Well, it's time for me to kick that magnificent time-waster Friendster to the curb and update the Rainbow Lives list a little bit. One of the things I love about being a librarian is that often we are asked to evaulate various online databases for potential purchase; one of these that we're looking at until the end of the month is the ProQuest Historical Newspapers database. Here's one little historical gem from their archive: the writer rants about how coddling the handicapped can turn them gay (source: Los Angeles Times, June 6th, 1917, p. 14)
Anyway, there was a 25%-off booksale at the University bookstore today :-) and I bought myself an early Christmas present: Homosexuality & Civilization, by Louis Crompton. I plan to settle in over the next couple of months, especially during my Christmas holidays, and do some reading, and add some more links to Rainbow Lives.
After reading this post on Plain Layne, I realize that I'd better yank her from Rainbow Lives. She doesn't want people to know her full name, and she especially doesn't want her employer to know she blogs. So, out she goes. (Sorry Layne.)