LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #74: April 7, 2010

This month's news:

  1. Solberg Interview Posted
  2. New Profiles and Collections
  3. Melton to Speak at May 8 Dinner
  4. Celebrating Life of Brenda Harrison
  5. Other News

1.  Solberg Interview Posted

The latest addition to LGBT-RAN's Oral History Project is an interview with Randi Solberg, Norwegian activist and leader in the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups. In this provocative interview, Solberg portrays her life journey from a rural Norwegian Lutheran upbringing to rising corporation exec to global lesbian Christian activist. Her journey has included collecting and editing an anthology of testimonies by European lesbian Christians, advocating LGBT rights in the World Council of Churches, lobbying in the United Nations and the European Parliament, as well as spearheading efforts to support and organize LGBT Christians in Eastern Europe.

LGBT-RAN's growing Oral History Project, now with 16 interviews, is unique in that it makes these dramatic accounts of lived history easily accessible either to read or to listen to on its web site.

2.  New Profiles and Collections

These persons have been added to the Profiles Gallery this month:

A new addition to the Collections Catalog is the Metropolitan Community Church Historical Collection. This collection of materials from the origins and early years of the MCC has now been processed by the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles and a finding aid is available.

3.  Melton to Speak at May 8 Dinner

Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara, California, will be the featured speaker at the LGBT Religious Archives Network's 8th anniversary dinner on Saturday, May 8, 2010. Dr. Melton will speak on "GLBT Religious Leadership Before Stonewall."Also this evening Shaun Jacob Halper will receive the 2009-10 LGBT Religious History Award for his paper, "Fashioning Gay Jewish Identity in Interwar Prague: The Case of Jirí Langer (1894-1944)."

LGBT-RAN friends and supporters are encouraged to attend this dinner and program which will be at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Click here for complete information about this gathering. RSVP or direct questions to Mark Bowman.

4.  Celebrating Life of Brenda Harrison

LGBT-RAN celebrates the life and gifts of LGBT-RAN Advisory Committee member Brenda Harrison who died on February 24, 2010 after a long struggle with cancer. Brenda was an indefatigable campaigner on behalf of LGBT Christians. Her years of activism and leadership include being the co-convenor of the Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian and Gay Christians, secretary of Changing Attitude and co-president of the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups. She enabled LGBT-RAN Coordinator Mark Bowman to attend the 2008 conference of the European Forum. Since that time she served on the LGBT-RAN Advisory Committee and stimulated work on historical preservation among European groups. Long-time friend and colleague Arie Borgdorff has provided this tribute to Brenda.

5.  Other News

The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History now has a new URL for its web site:

Congrats to Shaun Jacob Halper, 2009-10 LGBT Religious History Award honoree, for also receiving the 2010 Gregory Sprague Prize from the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History.

The Journal of British Studies is calling for papers on all aspects of British queer history for a special issue to be published in late 2011 or early 2012. Submission deadline is November 1, 2010. For more information contact the editors at or Brian Lewis at

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