LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #77: September 9, 2010

This month's news:

  1. Added to Profiles Gallery
  2. Twice Blessed Collection at ONE Archives
  3. December 1 Deadline for History Award
  4. Other News

1.  Added to Profiles Gallery

Biographical statements for these persons have been posted to the Profiles Gallery this past month:

The Profiles Gallery now includes biographical sketches of 280 leaders of LGBT religious movements. Half of the visits to the LGBT-RAN web site are to the Profiles Gallery. You can help LGBT-RAN expand this valuable collection of biographical profiles from our history by submitting profiles or suggesting persons to be included. Guidelines for identifying persons and creating profiles can be found here.

2.  Twice Blessed Collection at ONE Archives

The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles recently announced that the Twice Blessed Collection is open for research use.  Twice Blessed,  the largest LGBT Jewish collection in the world, was collected by Johnny Abush of Toronto, Canada, founder of the International Jewish LGBT Archives. When Abush died in 2000, the collection was donated to the ONE Archives.

According to ONE reports, the collection boasts over 950 name files of members of the Jewish LGBT tribe. It contains boxes of online and print materials of Jewish LGBT topics as diverse as marriage, the military, sex, film, AIDS, and Israel. It contains hundreds of gay synagogue newsletters and prayer books with gender-neutral language, published in Israel, Canada, the United States, Britain, the Netherlands, and South Africa. It contains videos, posters, photographs, comics, clothes, buttons, magnets and other memorabilia, each with their own story to tell about the Jewish LGBT experience. ONE archivist Kyle Morgan has indicated that a complete finding aid will be posted on their web site soon.

3.  December 1 Deadline for History Award

The deadline for submissions for the 2010-11 LGBT Religious History Award is coming up on December 1. This will be the sixth year for this award, the only award given annually for scholarship work on LGBT religious history. Each year's award honoree is recognized at LGBT-RAN's annual dinner and receives $500. Information on past honorees can be found here.

Pass on information about this award to scholars and researchers working in the field of LGBT religious history.  Guidelines for submissions can be found here.

4.  Other News

The GLBT Roundtable of the American Library Association has a  Religion & Spirituality Bibliography posted on its web site.  This comprehensive listing of books, organizations, publications and journals was first created in 1992 and has been updated periodically since that time.  A new update was recently announced.

October is LGBT History Month in the U.S.  The last LGBT-RAN e-newsletter included suggestions for how your group could celebrate LGBT history.  LGBT History Month in the U.K. is February.

Loretta Cody, who published A Mighty Social Force Reverend Phebe Hanaford 1829-1921 with details of her romantic friendship with Ellen Miles in the late 1800s and early 1900s, is looking for reading material regarding female romantic friendships during that period.  Contact Loretta at

A job posting for the Director of the Gender & Sexuality Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago can be found here.

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