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Economics is the study of the functioning of society and its economy by way of its financial and business dealings. These dealings include employment, production, the determination of prices, impacts on social interactions, transportation, purchases, and much more. Since much of economics involves the analysis of the financial transactions between members of society, it is not surprising that issues such as bias, preferences and subjective behaviour are important to the analysis, much as they are to the LGBTQ community.

Though LGBTQ issues do not directly enter into the study of economics, there are many relevant issues for the community. Some examples include: looking into the effects of discriminatory behaviour to economic output and firm profitablity; the study of the wage gap which exists between heterosexual and homosexual employees; the revenues, location, and types of business within the LGBTQ economy; the health and welfare costs of AIDS; and more. It is generally agreed within the profession that there are positive economic benefits to be had from promoting non-discrimination economic behaviour, whether that be towards the LGBTQ community or other minorities.

One of most prominent and influential economists of all time, John Maynard Keynes, was gay. A branch of economics which studies the relationship between the supply and demand for goods and services, known as Keynesian Theory, emanated from his research work. Another prominent contemporary economist who has gained great respect for her work in the study of capitalism is transgender Deirdre McCloskey, a distinguished professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Many banks and other financial institutions around the world employ economists to strategize their business activities, and several of these identify as LGBTQ.

We have identified a number of economists who identify as LGBTQ from Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Peru, The Netherlands, and the United States. To read more, see the list and access their fascinating biographies CLICK HERE

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The goal of QueerBio.com is to be the definitive online biographical reference source for the international LGBTQ community. Its database lists over 13,000 contemporary and historical figures who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, two-spirit, or gender fluid (LGBTQ) and includes artists, sports figures, politicians, entertainers, business leaders, academics, activists, and more. The database is widely international in scope and is an ideal source for research and analysis with full search and sort functionality.

The mission is to inspire, educate, and motivate all generations of LGBTQ individuals and others through a collective knowledge of this international community.

Managing Editors: Mark S. Bonham, Connie Bonello, Gordon Dunbar

Search for a Biography

To search for an individual from the database of over 13,000 biographies, simply type the name in the Search Box located in the top right hand corner of this Home Page and click on GO.

Alternatively, you can view and scroll through the entire list of biographies by viewing the All Biographies section.

To search for LGBTQ individuals with a common characteristic (examples: all Nobel Prize winners, all Writers, all Politicians, all Tony Award winners, all Olympic Gold medal winners, all individuals of a specific nationality) simply type the characteristic in the Search Box located in the top right hand corner of this Home Page and click on GO. Results of your search will be displayed alphabetically by Last Name. A second Search Box will be displayed for you to search within the database of individuals with that common characteristic.

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Annual Awards established in 2007 to recognize individuals or groups that have made a significant contribution to the advancement and education of human rights issues surrounding sexual education. Click here to find out more about the Bonham Centre Awards, past recipients, and present nominees.

Our goal is to make QueerBio.com the go-to website for global biographical information on LGBTQ identified individuals. To do this requires a serious commitment of people and resources, so we need your help to fund and help this project grow. Click here for more information.

Books Available From QueerBio.Com

New books available

A Path to Diversity: LGBTQ Participation in the Working World (Mark S. Bonham, 2017) investigates the current state of employment markets around the world for the LGBTQ community. Included is a discussion of equality in the workplace and why it is important to both the employer and employee, the wage gap, which professions are attractive to LGBTQ individuals and why, and the role of unions and government legislation. A survey of seventy five professions provides a status report for each, and seventy two biographies of influential LGBTQ professionals from around the world is included. 242 pages

Notables: 101 Global LBGTQ People Who Changed the World (Mark S. Bonham, 2015) reveals a group of select global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals whose accomplishments in their profession changed the world in some relevant way. Included are founders of various social movements, innovators in sports, leaders in business and politics, explorers and discoverers, instigators in religious movements, thinkers in philosophy, infamous villains, creators of new academic fields of study, and risk takers in the arts, culture, and entertainment worlds. 212 pages.

Champions: Biographies of Global LGBTQ Pioneers (Mark S. Bonham, 2014) reveals a group of select artists, writers, politicians, lawyers, sports figures, activists, and religious figures from around the world who have helped shape the history of the LGBTQ community. Presented in a convenient notebook format. 114 pages.

Order for yourself, and the books also make an ideal gift for friends and family while supporting the development of QueerBio.Com