LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #76: July 14, 2010

This month's news:

  1. New Postings to Web Site
  2. LGBT History Month in October
  3. Collections in CLGS Archives
  4. Connect with LGBT-RAN on Facebook

1.  New Postings to Web Site

(portrait)These biographical statements have been added to the Profiles Gallery this past month:

These collections have been posted to the Collections Catalog:

LGBT-RAN continues to compile extensive data on LGBT religious or spiritual history with the assistance of friends from around the world. Email LGBT-RAN with your suggestions for additional profiles or collections listings.

2.  LGBT History Month in October

(flag)Your group or institution can begin planning now for LGBT History Month coming up in October. This is an ideal time to highlight the importance LGBT religious/spiritual history and to take steps to preserve your history. Here are possible projects to choose from:

  • Form an archives or historical team and start the process of getting your group's records into a repository;
  • Develop biographical statements of some founders and/or leaders of your group and submit these to the Profiles Gallery;
  • Record oral history interviews with one or two of your early leaders;
  • Organize some artifacts (newsletters, photos, flyers, correspondence, media articles) from your early history into a display or exhibition; OR
  • Arrange for a presentation about LGBT-RAN at one of your meetings.

Contact LGBT-RAN for questions or for assistance with these or other historical ventures. Let us know what you do so we can share this information with others. Remember that together we can ensure that our voices and stories are preserved for future generations.

3.  Collections in CLGS Archives

(CLGS logo)New archival collections have been added to the Center for Lesbian & Gay Concerns in Religion & Ministry (CLGS) Archives over the past two years, making it one of the largest repositories of records from LGBT religious/spiritual history.

These collections are processed with finding aids available:

These collections have been received and are being processed:

  • The Rev. Chris Glaser Collection
  • The Rev. Janie Spahr Collection
  • The Lazarus Project Collection
  • The That All May Freely Serve Collection

These records are being received at the repository:

  • The Mark Thompson Gay Spirit Collection
  • Portions of Mel White's records

The CLGS Archives are housed with the Special Collections at the Graduate Theological School Library in Berkeley, California. Contact us for more information about donating collections to the CLGS Archives.

4.  Connect with LGBT-RAN on Facebook

(facebook logo)LGBT-RAN is now posting a weekly DID YOU KNOW? statement on its Facebook page, highlighting a significant historical fact from LGBT religious/spiritual history. Sign up as a fan or friend on LGBT-RAN's Facebook page to receive this interesting weekly posting. And, of course--in true social networking fashion--share this info with others!

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