LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #50: February 28, 2007

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) at Chicago Theological Seminary is a grass roots, activist venture to promote and conserve the history of LGBT religious movements. LGBT-RAN is a resource center and information clearinghouse for preserving records of LGBT religious movements while also encouraging historical study. Pass on news of this ground-breaking work to friends and colleagues.

This month's news:

  1. Web Site Has New Look
  2. New Profiles on Web Site
  3. LGBT-RAN Gathering on May 3
  4. Celebrating Life of Barbara Gittings (1932-2007)
  5. Ways You Can Support LGBT-RAN

1.  Web Site Has New Look

The LGBT-RAN web site now has a totally new look.  Check it out. This major redesign has a more attractive appearance that emphasizes the universal scope of LGBT-RAN's mission. Plus the ever-growing amount of data captured on the web site has been reorganized for easier and more accurate searching. 
 
Please take some time to explore our redesigned web site. Your feedback and any problems you encounter would be welcomed at mbowman@lgbtran.org.
 
Our appreciation goes to LGBT-RAN web guru Carl Foote who has created and maintained the web site since its inception.

2.  New Profiles on Web Site

Two persons have been added to the Profiles Gallery this past month:
André Musskopf, Argentine gay theologian, and
Ronnie Pigg, gay Pentecostal pastor.
 
LGBT-RAN's Profiles Gallery is the largest collection of biographical information about leaders of LGBT religious movements. Help keep this gallery growing by submitting profiles or contact info of other leaders--including you.

3.  LGBT-RAN Gathering on May 3

LGBT-RAN friends are invited to gather on Thursday evening, May 3rd, at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) to honor what LGBT-RAN has accomplished over its first five years as well as to present the LGBT Religious History Award to Dr. Kathryn Lofton.  This event will be part of the annual Castaneda Lecture Series at CTS that recognizes LGBT religious scholarship. Mark the date on your calendar. More details will be forthcoming.

4.  Celebrating Life of Barbara Gittings (1932-2007)

Barbara Gittings, lesbian activist beginning in the 1960s, who has worked tirelessly in recent years to preserve LGBT history, died on February 18th. You can read more about her amazing life and accomplishments at:
www.365gay.com/Newscon07/02/021807gittings.htm
 
Barbara's life modeled the importance of preserving our stories. Her death reminds us of the pressing need to ensure that our many pioneering voices are kept alive for future generations.

5.  Ways You Can Support LGBT-RAN

A. Invite friends and colleagues to learn about preserving the history of LGBT religious movements by forwarding them this newsletter or sending their email addresses to info@lgbtran.org.

B. Contact us at info@lgbtran.org with information about existing archival collections from LGBT religious movements, about records that need to be archived, or about leaders of LGBT religious movements to include in our Pioneers Gallery.

C. Volunteer to assist our work in preserving and researching LGBT religious history at: volunteer@lgbtran.org. The LGBT-RAN staff will help you get involved in whatever way is most appropriate for you.

D. Make a financial gift to support the work on LGBT-RAN at: www.lgbtran.org. Click on the "Make A Gift" box in upper left corner of the page. You can send information on individuals, foundations and organizations that might be interested in funding this ground-breaking work to mbowman@lgbtran.org.

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