The idea for the list came about after talking with a friend at the 1996 Gaylaxicon. We were having a discussion about youth, and what resources are available to them. I was talking about the availability of Internet resources, while he was talking about radio. Both of these provide excellent ways for youth to get in touch with the GLBT community in a way that is controlled and safe for them. Anyway, after that discussion, I decided to hook the two of them together, and that's where this list comes in.
The data for this list came from many sources. Where possible, I have verified the information with the host or hosts of the show. In those cases, I have included their comments and used their words to describe the format and audience of the show. No attempt was made to record whether that occurred or not.
So I asked my boyfriend Will what to do. He suggested Rainbow Media Resource List, which I liked a lot. It was short and kinda nice. But again, I was worried about people finding it when searching (though the alliteration was nice!). I thought about Lambda Media Resource Page, too, but dismissed it for the same reasons.
So I decided on Gay Media Resource List. Why? Well, it's short, and it's searchable, but it's not very inclusive. Or is it? I think it's more inclusive by itself than if combined with any of the others. And above all else, I wanted the list to be found easily by people not familiar with our community. That is, after all, who this list is ultimately aimed at. And I think that this is the name that best meets all my needs
So I hope I have not offended anyone with my choice; it was not my intention. Please feel free to drop me a note (email@example.com) to let me know if I have.
New Zealand (21)
South Africa (2)
United Kingdom (9)
United States (376)
Note: no data will actually be added to the database until it is verified by email or snail-mail.
Lambda Rising has a full online bookstore with online ordering, author conferences, message boards, etc. on America Online. The AOL keyword for that area is GAYBOOKS.
Another person who has contributed greatly to the list is Graham Underhill (firstname.lastname@example.org. Graham has single-handedly made sure that I know about every radio and TV show in Australia and New Zealand, and has made very sure that the information is correct. He has also sent several people over to the site to correct or add show data. Thanks Graham!
Initially, it took approximately 32 hours over 2 days to set up and design the database, and write the perl script to extract the data and compose the HTML (I have spent hundreds of hours since, refining the look and adding/updating data). The script at that point was about 760 lines and took about 25 seconds to run. Now it is up around 1500 lines and takes 1 minutes, 32 seconds to run! If anyone is interested in more specific details, drop me a line.