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Summer 1991


The lack of attention afforded the gay, lesbian, and alternative press in mainstream periodical indexes has a serious, detrimental impact on the nature of AIDS information available to students of the epidemic. Indexers and database search services must end their policy of excluding the gay/lesbian and other community-based periodicals in order to provide adequate coverage of AIDS information.


Originally published in Reference Services Review, Summer 1991, pp. 35-38.

Biographical statement at 1st publication: Polly Thistlethwaite is a reference librarian at Hunter College in New York City. She is a member of the ALA's Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a member of the Lesbian Herstory Archives coordinating committee. Polly is part of ACTUP's Women and AIDS Book Group that just published Women, AIDS, & Activism (South End Press, 1990).



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