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Recording LGBTQ Stories for Generations to Come

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Recording LGBTQ Stories for Generations to Come

Recording LGBTQ Stories for Generations to Come

Recording LGBTQ Stories for Generations to Come

Recording LGBTQ Stories for Generations to Come

Recording LGBTQ Stories for Generations to Come

Recording LGBTQ Stories for Generations to Come

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ABOUT RAINBOPEDIA

RAINBOPEDIA is a nonprofit, user-generated, interactive, multi-media, online reference website and accompanying mobile app for documenting and archiving LGBTQ history and information. It’s a dynamic and easy-to-use tool that gives users all over the world an opportunity to share content pertaining to queer history in the form of encyclopedic articles and personal stories with options to combine text, video, audio, still images, timeline, and geolocation mapping. RAINBOPEDIA’s multi-lingual translation feature and accompanying mobile app will enable users across the globe to create and strengthen community, document history, share personal stories, and preserve the rich and vital legacy of LGBTQ people everywhere.

FEATURES

  • Web app and accompanying mobile app for use on tablets and smart phones.
  • User-friendly interface for creating, editing, uploading and indexing text and multi-media content.
  • Editorial, administrative, and structural measures will be taken to curate content, protect user privacy, and control trolling and other forms of abuse.
  • Extensive, indexed database connected to a powerful search engine.
  • Search results include:
    • Text based articles
    • Timeline for viewing chronological relationships
    • Geolocation maps for viewing site oriented relationships.
    • Media galleries accommodating video, audio, and still images.
    • Multi-lingual translation component that will accommodate a global user base and encourage people around the world to connect to each other.
  • Publishing functionality for curating collections and anthologies.
  • Shopping cart and merchandise.
RAINBOPEDIA is a game changer. As LGBTQ culture gets absorbed into the mainstream, users will be empowered to build on each other’s efforts in presenting a part of history currently unknown to most people, even many of the world’s LGBTQ population. This archival resource will be available to scholars and hobbyists, seniors and teenagers, anyone with a story to share or the desire to know more.

TEAM RAINBOPEDIA

Eric Handel, Founder/CEO

Eric is an award-winning designer working with clients in hi-tech, publishing, entertainment, and the arts. His work focuses on branding and product packaging as well as art direction and design of websites and mobile apps. Eric has devoted his adult life to LGBTQ and AIDS activism. He campaigned against California’s Briggs Initiative in 1978, was a founding member of an artists’ collective working with ACT UP LA in the 1980s and 90s, and produced activist art for Queer Nation and LGBTQ organizations. Eric created Rainbopedia as a global platform to transform what it means to be LGBTQ in the world today, and to preserve this epic history for generations to come.

Robert Berg,Treasurer

Robert works for David Hockney Inc. as personal assistant to the artist’s business manager. He has provided professional bookkeeping services to individuals and small businesses in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. Robert was the Treasurer for a non-profit theater company from 1997 to 2005 and since 2008, has served in various officer positions, including Treasurer, to a non-profit organization that supports members in their goal to achieve and maintain financial solvency. In the 1990s, Robert was an active member of an artist’s collective associated with ACT UP LA.

Joanne Euler, Secretary

Joanne has lived and traveled around the world, sparking her interest in and passion for world cultures and languages. She currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches English to non-native speakers. Joanne began her LGBTQ activism during the early 1990s by volunteering at Aids Project LA Food Pantry, and recently served on the steering committee of Gay Healers Circle, where she organized free public events focusing on physical, psychological, and spiritual health. Other nonprofit work includes serving on the Board of American Service to India. Joanne holds a BA in Philosophy from Pomona College and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Jeffrey Langham, Consulting Editorial Advisor

Jeffrey oversees the management and strategic development of the USC Shoah Foundation website. He worked at a Los Angeles-area design firm for seven years as a web designer, programmer, and copywriter. Jeffrey has expertise in nonprofit messaging and branding strategies as well as an academic background in queer theory and culture. He received his doctorate in English literature from the University of Southern California.

Martha Oestreich, Consulting Development Advisor

Martha is the Campaign Director for Global Fund for Women based in San Francisco. She was the founding Director of Development at several state and national organizations, served as the Chair of the Board of Equality Texas and Equality Texas Foundation, and enjoyed a sales career with IBM working with corporations, universities, and government agencies. Martha holds a BA in Sociology, an MA in Communication Studies and an Executive-MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Ellen Roebuck, Consulting Design & Brand Advisor

Ellen is an award-winning art director and designer. She has guided brands in the arts, entertainment, retail and corporate worlds for more than 25 years. Ellen was creative director at Belkin International, managing global branding and packaging; Art Director at Columbia Pictures; and Art Director at Tajima Creative, where she directed multiple projects for Washington Mutual Bank’s store branches and corporate headquarters. She also designed posters and catalogs for national museums, including the Smithsonian. Ellen received her BFA in design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Mike Reese, Consulting Technology Advisor

Mike is a technology professional with 30 years of experience in the field of Software Quality Assurance. He has worked in a variety of environments, from large-scale corporations to small start-ups, including Xerox and Entertainment Partners. Mike provides software testing on a wide variety of platforms and web applications. Mike has two BS degrees, one in Electrical Engineering and one in Computer Science, from UC Irvine.

Ara Babaian, Consulting Legal Advisor

Ara is a partner with Encore Law Group LLP in Los Angeles. He specializes in corporate and securities law and represents companies in a broad range of industries, including technology, media and entertainment, manufacturing and distribution, real estate, health care, and retail. Ara also supports nonprofit organizations, working with clients focused on refugee relief, children’s healthcare, and LGBT matters.

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  • The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.
    — Maya Angelou
    A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
    — Marcus Garvey
    History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past.
    — Grace Lee Boggs
    I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act.
    — Janet Mock
    History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
    — Maya Angelou
    The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.
    — Carl T. Rowan

     

  • About



    ABOUT RAINBOPEDIA

    RAINBOPEDIA is a nonprofit, user-generated, interactive, multi-media, online reference website and accompanying mobile app for documenting and archiving LGBTQ history and information. It’s a dynamic and easy-to-use tool that gives users all over the world an opportunity to share content pertaining to queer history in the form of encyclopedic articles and personal stories with options to combine text, video, audio, still images, timeline, and geolocation mapping.

    RAINBOPEDIA’s multi-lingual translation feature and accompanying mobile app will enable users across the globe to create and strengthen community, document history, share personal stories, and preserve the rich and vital legacy of LGBTQ people everywhere.

    FEATURES

    • Web app and accompanying mobile app for use on tablets and smart phones.
    • User-friendly interface for creating, editing, uploading and indexing text and multi-media content.
    • Editorial, administrative, and structural measures will be taken to curate content, protect user privacy, and control trolling and other forms of abuse.
    • Extensive, indexed database connected to a powerful search engine.
    • Search results include:
      • Text based articles
      • Timeline for viewing chronological relationships
      • Geolocation maps for viewing site oriented relationships.
      • Media galleries accommodating video, audio, and still images.
      • Multi-lingual translation component that will accommodate a global user base and encourage people around the world to connect to each other.
    • Publishing functionality for curating collections and anthologies.
    • Shopping cart and merchandise.

    RAINBOPEDIA is a game changer. As LGBTQ culture gets absorbed into the mainstream, users will be empowered to build on each other’s efforts in presenting a part of history currently unknown to most people, even many of the world’s LGBTQ population. This archival resource will be available to scholars and hobbyists, seniors and teenagers, anyone with a story to share or the desire to know more.

    TEAM RAINBOPEDIA

    Eric Handel, Founder/CEO

    Eric is an award-winning designer working with clients in hi-tech, publishing, entertainment, and the arts. His work focuses on branding and product packaging as well as art direction and design of websites and mobile apps. Eric has devoted his adult life to LGBTQ and AIDS activism. He campaigned against California’s Briggs Initiative in 1978, was a founding member of an artists’ collective working with ACT UP LA in the 1980s and 90s, and produced activist art for Queer Nation and LGBTQ organizations. Eric created Rainbopedia as a global platform to transform what it means to be LGBTQ in the world today, and to preserve this epic history for generations to come.

    Robert Berg,Treasurer

    Robert works for David Hockney Inc. as personal assistant to the artist’s business manager. He has provided professional bookkeeping services to individuals and small businesses in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. Robert was the Treasurer for a non-profit theater company from 1997 to 2005 and since 2008, has served in various officer positions, including Treasurer, to a non-profit organization that supports members in their goal to achieve and maintain financial solvency. In the 1990s, Robert was an active member of an artist’s collective associated with ACT UP LA.

    Joanne Euler, Secretary

    Joanne has lived and traveled around the world, sparking her interest in and passion for world cultures and languages. She currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches English to non-native speakers. Joanne began her LGBTQ activism during the early 1990s by volunteering at Aids Project LA Food Pantry, and recently served on the steering committee of Gay Healers Circle, where she organized free public events focusing on physical, psychological, and spiritual health. Other nonprofit work includes serving on the Board of American Service to India. Joanne holds a BA in Philosophy from Pomona College and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

    Jeffrey Langham, Consulting Editorial Advisor

    Jeffrey oversees the management and strategic development of the USC Shoah Foundation website. He worked at a Los Angeles-area design firm for seven years as a web designer, programmer, and copywriter. Jeffrey has expertise in nonprofit messaging and branding strategies as well as an academic background in queer theory and culture. He received his doctorate in English literature from the University of Southern California.

    Martha Oestreich, Consulting Development Advisor

    Martha is the Campaign Director for Global Fund for Women based in San Francisco. She was the founding Director of Development at several state and national organizations, served as the Chair of the Board of Equality Texas and Equality Texas Foundation, and enjoyed a sales career with IBM working with corporations, universities, and government agencies. Martha holds a BA in Sociology, an MA in Communication Studies and an Executive-MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

    Ellen Roebuck, Consulting Design & Brand Advisor

    Ellen is an award-winning art director and designer. She has guided brands in the arts, entertainment, retail and corporate worlds for more than 25 years. Ellen was creative director at Belkin International, managing global branding and packaging; Art Director at Columbia Pictures; and Art Director at Tajima Creative, where she directed multiple projects for Washington Mutual Bank’s store branches and corporate headquarters. She also designed posters and catalogs for national museums, including the Smithsonian. Ellen received her BFA in design from Carnegie Mellon University.

    Mike Reese, Consulting Technology Advisor

    Mike is a technology professional with 30 years of experience in the field of Software Quality Assurance. He has worked in a variety of environments, from large-scale corporations to small start-ups, including Xerox and Entertainment Partners. Mike provides software testing on a wide variety of platforms and web applications. Mike has two BS degrees, one in Electrical Engineering and one in Computer Science, from UC Irvine.

    Ara Babaian, Consulting Legal Advisor

    Ara is a partner with Encore Law Group LLP in Los Angeles. He specializes in corporate and securities law and represents companies in a broad range of industries, including technology, media and entertainment, manufacturing and distribution, real estate, health care, and retail. Ara also supports nonprofit organizations, working with clients focused on refugee relief, children’s healthcare, and LGBT matters.