Get a free story and 20% off your first order when you sign up for our newsletter. You'll receive updates about new titles, events, special offers, and other Cleis news. 

Join now

We (heart) FetLife: BDSM & Fetish Community for Kinksters, by kinksters

How Did You Hear About Us?
Social Media (Facebook, twitter, etc.)
Search engine
Radio / TV


Trade paper
ISBN 978-1-57344-209-1
8.5 x 11, 336 pages
B&W Photographs

LGBTQ Studies

Buy The eBook
Apple iBook

Share |

Queer Encyclopediae Series

The Queer Encyclopedia of Film & Television

A glbtq Encyclopedia

Film and TV aficionados will relish this volume celebrating the actors, directors, screenwriters, and producers whose queer sensibilities infuse our popular culture with brilliance, drama, and wit.

How did Liberace's costumes almost kill him?* Which lesbian comedian spent her high school years as "the best white cheerleader in Detroit"?** For these answers and more, dip into The Queer Encyclopedia of Film & Television. Drawn from dubbed the "Encyclopedia Britanniqueer" by The Advocate this is the only reference book in which Tallulah Bankhead, Jean Cocteau, Judy Garland, Gus Van Sant, and Christine Vachon jostle for space. From Dorothy Arzner to John Waters, from Alla Nazimova to Divine, and from Paul Lynde to Ellen DeGeneres, it's a queer, queer world. The Queer Encyclopedia of Film & Television is your indispensable guide: entertaining, authoritative, and concise. And perfect to read by candelabra.

*From inhaling the dry cleaning fumes
**Lily Tomlin

"Bottom Line: For its broad sweep, no other work competes with this one. Recommended." —Library Journal

"For those seeking to broaden their understanding and deepen their appreciation of queer film and television, this book is indispensable." —Bay Area Reporter

"A treat for casual fans and hardcore enthusiasts." —The Washington Blade

"Indispensable for aficionados." —Out magazine

"This timely, extensive and utterly exhaustive volume will captivate both media buffs and TV-ophiles alike, spilling fact after fact from its easily navigable pages." —Pink Magazine

CLAUDE J. SUMMERS, Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at the University of Michigan Dearborn, is the editor of The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts, The Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance & Musical Theater, and The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage. The general editor of, he lives in New Orleans.

Also by Claude J. Summers

Home | About | Spotlight | Cleis News | Cleis Awards | For The Media | How To Order | For Booksellers | Contact | Resources | Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2015 Cleis Press, All Rights Reserved.