LGBT-RAN's 6th Anniversary Dinner
on May 31 in Philadelphia

Rabbi Jacob Staub will be the featured speaker at the 6th Anniversary Dinner of the LGBT Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) in Philadelphia on Saturday, May 31st, at 6:30 p.m. LGBT-RAN is a unique venture that utilizes digital technology to preserve the history of LGBT religious movements around the world. LGBT-RAN is, in essence, a "virtual" archive and can be perused at: www.lgbtran.org.

Dr. Staub will offer reflections on: "The Embrace of LGBT Jews in Reconstructionist Judaism: Sketches from the 1980s." LGBT-RAN will also honor Dr. Heather R. White with the 2007-08 Religious History Award for her paper, "Homosexuality, Gay Communities, and American Churches: A History of a Changing Religious Ethic, 1947-1977." In addition, LGBT-RAN Coordinator Mark Bowman will demonstrate latest developments in LGBT-RAN’s historical preservation work, and Dr. Bernard Schlager will report on progress in collecting archives at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion & Ministry in Berkeley.

This anniversary celebration is being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the LGBT-RAN Advisory Committee, which includes prominent LGBT religious historians, archivists, and activists from around the world.

The dinner and program is open to all persons interested in the history of LGBT religious movements. It will be held in the Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street, on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia. Enter the main entrance on Broad Street and proceed to the Fox & Gittis Room. Secured parking (paid) is available in a lot on 15th Street behind the Liacouras Center. The Liacouras Center is also accessible via the Broad Street Subway Line at the Cecil B. Moore/Temple University station.

Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. RSVP to mbowman@lgbtran.org or 773-728-8274 by May 23, 2008. Payment can be made via the LGBT-RAN web site donation page.