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<h2 align="center"><em>'''DID YOU KNOW?'''</em></h2>
 
<h2 align="center"><em>'''DID YOU KNOW?'''</em></h2>
<h3 align="center">'''LGBTQ Members of the Order of Orange-Nassau'''</h3>
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<h3 align="center">'''LGBTQ Travel Writers'''</h3>
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<p>The Order of Orange-Nassau (Orde van Oranje-Nassau) is a civilian and military national honour administered by the government of The Netherlands and was first awarded in 1892Recipients are those individuals who are deemed to have provided exemplary service in their profession to society as a whole.  There are several levels of recognition (in order of seniority):  Member, Knight, Officer, Commander, Grand Officer, and Knight Grand Cross.</p>
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<p>It has been observed that travel and writing go hand-in-handThe desire to travel and see the unknown or experience a different life is coupled with an equal desire to share the experience and encourage others to do the same.</p>
  
<p>The origins of the award arise from the House of Orange, the ruling royal family of The Netherlands.</p>
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<p>Throughout history, there have been many prominent fiction and non-fiction writers of a travelling life.  In the 1800s and early 1900s, the readers of these books on travel looked for information about far-off lands in an effort to let their minds wander to somewhere they would never have a chance of visiting.  The authors were put in the same category as explorers and adventurers of the unknown world.  Their books were often biographical in detailing their personal adventures.  Many early works of literature can be viewed as travel narratives.</p>
  
<p>As with any national civilian or military awards system, having LGBTQ (or any minority) recipients in the group confers the contributions and participation of the community in national life and prosperityFor the recipient, receipt of the award represents a validation of the individual's contribution to the diversity and advancement of the whole.</p>   
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<p>Any notion of same-sex adventures in these early works tended to occur through subtle wording because such relationships were illegal.  Those who were more upfront about LGBTQ characters in their books were considered radical and often forced into exile.  Nevertheless, their books were popular and their legacy continues to this dayAuthors such as Britain's [[Norman Douglas]] and [[Sir Wilfred Thesiger]], or American [[Richard Halliburton]], stirred their reader's imagination to great heights.</p>   
  
<p>A good example of this occurred when the Order of Orange-Nassau was awarded to the team members of The Netherlands National Football (Soccer) Team when they won the 2017 European women's championshipIncluded among the recipients were lesbian players [[Vivianne Miedema]], [[Sherida Spitse]], and [[Danielle van de Donk]].</p>
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<p>Today, in addition to both fiction and non-fiction books, travel writing includes destination guides, hotel and restaurant reviews, tour suggestions, and travel blogs or other social media products.  The latter group of writers appear mostly in glossy magazines and onlineThere can be a distinct category of writing on LGBTQ travelers and their interests, with a mind on safety of the traveler.</p>  
  
<p>We have identified a number of LGBTQ individuals who have been appointed members of the Order of Orange-Nassau.  To read more and see the complete list, click '''[[LGBTQ Members of the Order of Orange-Nassau|HERE]]'''</p>
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<p>Several of the contemporary travel writers presented here have won awards for their work, including the Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the Grand Prize in Travel Journalism Award Winner for the North American Travel Journalists Association.</p>
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<p>We have identified prominent LGBTQ travel writers from Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Romani, and The United States.  To read more and see the complete list, click '''[[LGBTQ Travel Writers|HERE]]'''</p>
  
 
'''Directory of past 'Did You Know?' Articles''' [[Past 'Did You Know?' Articles|See Here]]
 
'''Directory of past 'Did You Know?' Articles''' [[Past 'Did You Know?' Articles|See 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 16,000 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.
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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 17,000 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.
 
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]]''
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'''Managing Editor:''' ''[[Mark S. Bonham]]''
  
 
== Search for a Biography ==
 
== Search for a Biography ==
  
To search for an individual from the database of over 16,000 biographies, simply type the name in the Search Box located in the top right hand corner of this Home Page and click on GO.  Similarly, you can search for a common characteristic such as Country, City, Nobel Prize winners, writers, and so on.
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To search for an individual from the database of over 17,000 biographies, simply type the name in the Search Box located in the top right hand corner of this Home Page and click on GO.  Similarly, you can search for a common characteristic such as Country, City, Nobel Prize winners, writers, and so on.
  
 
Alternatively, you can view and scroll through the entire list of biographies by viewing the [[Special:AllPages|All Biographies]] section.
 
Alternatively, you can view and scroll through the entire list of biographies by viewing the [[Special:AllPages|All Biographies]] section.
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== Books Available From QueerBio.Com ==
 
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'''It's A Fabulous Morning! My Interviews With Fascinating People in the LGBTQ World''' (Pearse Murray and [[Mark S. Bonham]], 2019) presents fascinating interviews with individuals from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit and Ally (LGBTQ) community.  Icons such as [[Lily Tomlin]], [[Chaz Bono]], [[Melissa Etheridge]], [[Mark Tewksbury]], [[John Cameron Mitchell]], [[Kathleen Wynne]], [[Wanda Sykes]], [[Tony Kushner]], [[David Hockney]], [[Edmund White]] and more provide their personal stories of the community and their lives within it.  Compelling insight into events of the community, such as Toronto’s Bath House Raids, is also provided.  262 pages.
  
 
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DID YOU KNOW?

LGBTQ Travel Writers

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It has been observed that travel and writing go hand-in-hand. The desire to travel and see the unknown or experience a different life is coupled with an equal desire to share the experience and encourage others to do the same.

Throughout history, there have been many prominent fiction and non-fiction writers of a travelling life. In the 1800s and early 1900s, the readers of these books on travel looked for information about far-off lands in an effort to let their minds wander to somewhere they would never have a chance of visiting. The authors were put in the same category as explorers and adventurers of the unknown world. Their books were often biographical in detailing their personal adventures. Many early works of literature can be viewed as travel narratives.

Any notion of same-sex adventures in these early works tended to occur through subtle wording because such relationships were illegal. Those who were more upfront about LGBTQ characters in their books were considered radical and often forced into exile. Nevertheless, their books were popular and their legacy continues to this day. Authors such as Britain's Norman Douglas and Sir Wilfred Thesiger, or American Richard Halliburton, stirred their reader's imagination to great heights.

Today, in addition to both fiction and non-fiction books, travel writing includes destination guides, hotel and restaurant reviews, tour suggestions, and travel blogs or other social media products. The latter group of writers appear mostly in glossy magazines and online. There can be a distinct category of writing on LGBTQ travelers and their interests, with a mind on safety of the traveler.

Several of the contemporary travel writers presented here have won awards for their work, including the Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the Grand Prize in Travel Journalism Award Winner for the North American Travel Journalists Association.

We have identified prominent LGBTQ travel writers from Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Romani, and The United States.  To read more and see the complete list, click HERE

Directory of past 'Did You Know?' Articles See Here


The goal of QueerBio.com is to be the definitive online biographical reference source for the international LGBTQ community. Its database lists over 17,000 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 Editor: Mark S. Bonham

Search for a Biography

To search for an individual from the database of over 17,000 biographies, simply type the name in the Search Box located in the top right hand corner of this Home Page and click on GO. Similarly, you can search for a common characteristic such as Country, City, Nobel Prize winners, writers, and so on.

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

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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.

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