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Series II. Archived Website


1 websites in 1 archived website.

Scope and Contents

AdRespect was founed by Michael Wilke in 1996, initially known as the Commercial Closet Association. The website is a database of thousands of print and video advertising related to the gender identity and sexual orientation, dating back to 1917 from all over the world. AdRespect rates the majority of advertisement with a score based on the inclusiveness and respectfulness of the advertisement toward the LGBTQIA+ community. Advertisements directed toward LGBTQIA+ audiences are intentionally not rated. The website also includes best practices for ad creators. The website underwent a major redesign in 2023.


New site crawls are accrued quarterly.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to technical or privacy issues, archived websites may not be exact copies of the original website at the time of the web crawl. Certain file types will not be captured dependent on how they are embedded in the site. Other parts of websites that the crawler has difficulty capturing includes Javascript, streaming content, database-driven content, and highly interactive content. Full-Text searches of archived websites are available at

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