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Turid Eikvam
(1948 - living) Norway

Turid Eikvam

Activist and journalist

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Born in the town of Ski, near Oslo, Eikvam worked as foreman in a newspaper printing office. She received a degree in criminology in 1991 and has since held the position of office manager at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Oslo.

Eikvam's first involvement in gay politics was in 1978, in a small, radical organization where, during the first years she was active as a leader of the group. In recent years, she has contributed a series on historical women/lesbian, and has in this way brought to light and described a number of well-known and less well-known female figures from a lesbian angle.

Since 1987, Eikvam has been involved in work with HIV/AIDS issues in Norway. Later she became the representative of the gay organizations on the Board of the Nations Society against AIDS. Since 1992, Eikvam has been an active organizer of the "Network for Gay Research", that was created in the same year. It has established contact between scientists, exchanging research findings through monthly seminars about homosexuality.

This applies to research at undergraduate level, to theses for doctorates and to research carried out by fully qualified physicians, psychologists, sociologists and other professional groups.

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Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001

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