LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #80: December 17, 2010

This month's news:

  1. Historical Data Added to Web Site
  2. Growth in CLGS Archives
  3. Deaths of LGBT Religious Leaders
  4. Award Honors Scholarship
  5. Gifts Support LGBT-RAN

1.  Historical Data Added to Web Site

LGBT-RAN continued to make great strides this past year in its mission to preserve LGBT religious history and make historical data widely accessible. New information posted to the web site this past year include 43 new profiles in the Profiles Gallery. This Profiles Gallery now includes over 280 biographical profiles of leaders of LGBT religious/spiritual movements. In addition 3 new postings were added to the Collections Catalog that now includes over 190 listings of existent archival collections related to LGBT religious/spiritual history.

Two oral history interviews were added to the web site this year: Bishop Melvin Wheatley and Randi Solbeg. Using oral histories as a valuable tool to preserve voices and stories of more marginalized communities, LGBT-RAN is recording interviews with Black LGBT religious leaders. Two interviews are completed and will be posted shortly and others are forthcoming.

LGBT-RAN depends upon the participation of many volunteers around the world to identify and collect this data on LGBT religious/spiritual history. Contact Mark Bowman with your suggestions for persons and groups whose histories should be preserved.

2.  Growth in CLGS Archives

The Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion & Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion, of which LGBT-RAN is a program, continued to add to its archival collections in 2010. Two of its collections are processed with finding aids available:

The Rev. Chris Glaser Collection is being processed currently. Records from these other individuals and groups have been or are being received and awaiting processing: Malcolm Boyd, Janie Spahr, Mark Thompson, Mel White, Lazarus Project and That All May Freely Serve. Additional collections are still being negotiated for donation. The CLGS Archives is now one of the largest repositories of records from LGBT religious/spiritual history. Contact us to explore donating your papers/records to the CLGS Archives.

3.  Deaths of LGBT Religious Leaders

We honor the lives and historical contributions of these LGBT religious leaders who died in 2010:

The passing of these lives reinforces the critical importance of acting now to preserve our voices and stories for future generations. LGBT-RAN invites your assistance in these endeavors in the new year.

4.  Award Honors Scholarship

LGBT-RAN not only works to preserve LGBT religious/spiritual history but also supports and recognizes outstanding research and scholarship in this emerging field. Shaun Jacob Halper was honored with the 2009-10 LGBT Religious History Award for his paper, “Fashioning Gay Jewish Identity in Interwar Prague: The Case of Jií Langer (1894-1944)." Halper, a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of California Berkeley, talked about his research when he received this award at the LGBT Advisory Committee meeting and dinner on May 8, 2010.

A number of papers were submitted for consideration for the 2010-11 LGBT Religious History Award. These papers are currently being reviewed by the jury and an honoree will be announced later this winter.

5.  Gifts Support LGBT-RAN

LGBT-RAN's ground-breaking work preserving LGBT religious/spiritual history only happens because of the support of many Friends and Partners from around the world. So far in 2010, forty persons and groups have graciously contributed over $7,000 to support LGBT-RAN's unique mission. LGBT-RAN is deeply grateful to these faithful supporters. Your generous contribution by the end of the year will help LGBT-RAN reach it annual giving goal of $12,000 and continue this work in the coming year. Click here for information on how you can send a check or give online with your credit card.

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