Thank you for visiting this special exhibit on the early
years of the Council on Religion and Homosexuality (CRH). We
expect this to be the first of many online exhibits on different
aspects of LGBT religious history. Your comments on the design
of the exhibit as well as the CRH artifacts and history are
welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A significant number of persons and organizations were
instrumental in the development of this Council on Religion and
the Homosexual exhibit. The LGBT Religious Archives Network
gratefully acknowledges the contributions and assistance of the
following persons and groups.
- The plan for this exhibit was developed by a task force of
LGBT-RAN Advisory Committee and staff members: Gabriel Blau,
Mark Bowman, Victor Jordan, Kenneth Rowe, and James Waller.
- James Waller provided the initial historical sketch of the
Council on Religion and the Homosexual from his research for
his unpublished manuscript on the history of LGBT Protestant
movements in the U.S. Waller also provided some CRH
artifacts and audiotapes of interviews with CRH leaders.
- LGBT-RAN Coordinator Mark Bowman served as curator for
this exhibit-collecting and organizing the artifacts and
drafting the commentary accompanying the exhibit.
- Gabriel Blau and Carl Foote designed and developed the
software for this electronic exhibit.
- The GLBT Historical Society and its
executive director Terence Kissack were generous in
providing access to most of the artifacts in this exhibit.
These artifacts are primarily found in the Phyllis Lyon
& Del Martin Papers and the Donald S. Lucas Papers
- San Francisco historian Paul Gabriel provided invaluable
information from his research into the history of CRH and
other homophile groups in San Francisco in the 1960s.
Gabriel also provided a copy of the video, Shedding a
StraightJacket: Homophile Civil Rights/Homosexual Liberation
1961-1966, that he produced about this history as well as a
videotape of the GLBT Historical Society's annual dinner in
1998 that honored CRH.
- CRH leaders Robert Cromey, Chuck Lewis, Phyllis Lyon, Del
Martin and Ted McIlvenna were most helpful in answering
questions and requests for assistance in finding and
identifying CRH artifacts.