LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #68: August 18, 2009

This month's news:

  1. Interview with First Openly Gay Rabbi
  2. New Profiles and Catalog Listed Posted
  3. Documents Added to CRH Exhibit
  4. Documents Added to CRH Exhibit
  5. December 1 Deadline for LGBT Religious History Award

1.  Interview with First Openly Gay Rabbi

You will now find an oral history interview with Rabbi Allen Bennett on the LGBT-RAN web site. Rabbi Bennett was the first openly gay rabbi in the U.S. In this interview with LGBT-RAN Coordinator Mark Bowman, Bennett recounts his developing years in northeast Ohio and rabbinical education at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He relocated to northern California to begin a doctoral program at the Graduate Theological Union. After agreeing to be identified as a gay rabbi in a San Francisco newspaper article he received nationwide media attention in 1978-79.

As is the case with all interviews in LGBT-RAN's Oral History Project, you can both read and listen to this interview.

2.  New Profiles and Catalog Listed Posted

LGBT-RAN has added these new biographical sketches to the Profiles Gallery since the last newsletter:

Rev. Ellen Barrett, first ordained openly gay/lesbian Episcopal priest; 
Rev. Jack Isbell, early MCC pastor; and
Mark Rees, transgender activist in the Church of England.
In addition, the Ellen M. Barrett Papers housed at Brown University have been added to the Collections Catalog.

3.  Documents Added to CRH Exhibit

LGBT-RAN has now created a page in Facebook.  Facebook users can check us out there and sign up as a fan: 

We will post more frequent updates there for persons who want to stay connected with LGBT-RAN on Facebook.

4.  Documents Added to CRH Exhibit

Several artifacts have been added to LGBT-RAN's ground-breaking exhibition on the Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH).  These new artifacts are documents from CRH in New York City and Washington D.C.  They include a lengthy report on the development of CRH written by gay activist Foster Gunnison (1969); a proposed policy statement for the NY CRH; a press release announcing the formation of CRH in Washington, D.C.; and the constitution of that group (1965).  You will find these new artifacts in the "CRH Thrives" room of the exhibition.  This the direct link to the new artifacts.

LGBT-RAN extends appreciation to the National History Archive at the LGBT Community Center in New York City for locating and sending these artifacts. 

5.  December 1 Deadline for LGBT Religious History Award

The deadline for papers to be submitted for the 2009-10 LGBT Religious History Award is December 1, 2009.  The LGBT-RAN Advisory Committee extended this deadline a few weeks later than previous years in order to fit better into the academic calendar. The guidelines for submissions can be found here. Please share this information with other scholars, researchers and students who are studying LGBT religious history and could be interested in submitting a paper for this award.

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