LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #67: June 3, 2009

This month's news:

  1. Vassar Class Project Creates Online Exhibition
  2. LGBT-RAN Invites New Profile Listings
  3. LGBT-RAN on the Road this Summer
  4. Since Stonewall Contest at Outhistory.org
  5. 40th Anniversary of Stonewall

1.  Vassar Class Project Creates Online Exhibition

Dr. Heather R. White used LGBT-RAN's unique software for developing online exhibitions to organize a group project for her spring 2009 religious studies class at Vassar College. "Media Images in Religion and Sexuality," was the theme determined by the students. The exhibition they created can be viewed here: http://archiveexhibits.com/vassar.    

Dr. White notes that this exhibition software works particularly well for class projects.  The class was divided into four groups, each of which chose a topic within the overall theme and was assigned a "room" in the exhibition. The students then did the research to compile images and explanatory narratives for their room and loaded those into the database.  The nominal costs for setting up the database was covered by a technology grant for which White applied from the school.

This project is a breakthrough in utilizing digital technology in the educational enterprise. For more details on Dr. White's project, email her.  To learn more about using the online exhibition software, email LGBT-RAN's Carl Foote.

2.  LGBT-RAN Invites New Profile Listings

The Profiles Gallery, providing biographical sketches of leaders in LGBT religious movements around the world, is the most used part of the LGBT-RAN web site. More than one-half of all visits to the web site are to the Profiles listings. The 214 postings currently in the Gallery include a wide diversity of LGBT religious activists and allies.  Yet there are hundreds more persons who could be included here.

LGBT-RAN Advisory Committee members, at their recent meeting, suggested that questions about whom to post to the Gallery as well as how to write a profile may limit submissions. So LGBT-RAN has added new explanatory information to the Profiles Gallery. You are encouraged to look this over and assist LGBT-RAN efforts to expand this unique repository of biographical infomation on leaders of LGBT religious movements. You can email information or direct your questions to Mark Bowman.

3.  LGBT-RAN on the Road this Summer

LGBT-RAN will be present at several LGBT religious gatherings this summer. LGBT-RAN coordinator Mark Bowman will lead a workshop on LGBT-RAN and preserving our history at the Growing Bold Conference of the UCC Coalition on June 23-24, and at the Justice & Joy Conference of the Reconciling Ministries Network on September 5-6.  CLGS staff Bernie Schlager will lead an LGBT-RAN workshop at Dignity's 40th Anniversary Conference on July 4-5.

If you attend one of these conferences, do make the connection with LGBT-RAN there. If you'd like to arrange for a presentation about LGBT-RAN and preserving LGBT religious history to your conference or group, email Mark Bowman.

4.  Since Stonewall Contest at Outhistory.org

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, OutHistory.org, will award five substantial prizes for the best online exhibits about the local LGBTQ histories of particular villages, towns, cities, and counties in the U.S. since June 1969. The top five exhibits will receive awards from $5,000 to $1,000. The contest is supported by a grant from the Arcus Foundation to The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), an institute of the City University of New York Graduate Center.  Complete details on the contest are available here.

LGBT-RAN is willing to collaborate with any group interested in creating an online exhibition utilizing LGBT-RAN's unique database software.  For information on how to establish this collaboration contact Mark Bowman.

5.  40th Anniversary of Stonewall

This month (June 2009) does mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City, a pivotal set of events in the development of the modern LGBT rights movement in the U.S.  Historian David Carter wrote one of the foremost studies of this historical moment, Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution (2004).  Carter has now developed a web site with information about the 40th anniversary: http://www.davidcarterauthor.com.

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