LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #91: February 28, 2012

This month's news:

  1. Davis & Petro Receive LGBT Religious History Award
  2. Flunder Oral History Posted
  3. Add Your Remembrances to the Profiles Gallery
  4. Other News & Announcements
  5. Why I Support LGBT-RAN

1.  Davis & Petro Receive LGBT Religious History Award

Dr. Rebecca L. Davis, assistant professor in the History Department at the University of Delaware, and Dr. Anthony Michael Petro, assistant professor in the Religious Studies Program at New York University, are co-recipients of the 2011-12 LGBT Religious History Award. This is the first time in the seven years of the LGBT Religious History Award that the jury has chosen co-honorees.

Davis' paper was entitled "'My Homosexuality Is Getting Worse Every Day‘: Norman Vincent Peale, Psychiatry, and the Liberal Protestant Response to Same-Sex Desires in Mid-Twentieth-Century America." Petro's submission was "Protest Religion! ACT UP, Religious Freedom and the Ethics of Sex."  Click this link to read more about these two scholars and their research.

Davis and Petro will be honored and talk about their research at LGBT-RAN's annual dinner on Saturday, June 16th, 2012, at the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion & Ministry in Berkeley, California. The dinner is open to all interested persons.

2.  Flunder Oral History Posted

An interview with the Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, founder and senior pastor of  City of Refuge UCC in San Francisco and presiding bishop of The Fellowship, is the most recent addition to LGBT-RAN's Oral History Project. The interview, conducted by Dr. Monique Moultrie, explores Flunder's childhood in a devout Church of God in Christ family in San Francisco through a time a vocational searching in early adulthood to Bishop Walter Hawkin's Love Center in Oakland where Flunder found a gospel of acceptance and became a preacher and gospel singer. This interview is the 6th in a series of oral histories with Black LGBT religious leaders and is the 24th posted to LGBT-RAN's Oral History Project.

3.  Add Your Remembrances to the Profiles Gallery

The newest feature of LGBT-RAN's web site allows you--or anyone else--to add information to the historical record of someone in the Profiles Gallery. Is someone posted there who was an important mentor, colleague or friend of yours?  Do you recall significant experiences with or knowledge of that person that would amplify her/his biographical info?  If so, go to that page in the Profiles Gallery and click on the "Tell Us Your Experience" link in the Remembrances box in the upper right corner. Then type the information or experience you would like to record with this person's profile. All entries are reviewed by LGBT-RAN staff before posting.  Posting  Remembrances for persons who are deceased is particularly helpful. Direct any questions to

4.  Other News & Announcements

LGBT-RAN, the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion & Ministry, the Pacific School of Religion and the Golden Gate Association of the United Church of Christ are collaborating on a special LGBT History Weekend June 15-17, 2012. Events that weekend will mark the 40th anniversary of the ordination of William R. Johnson and other early breakthroughs in LGBT religious movements in the Bay Area of California. Mark the date on your calendar and watch for more details.

LGBT-RAN has formed a team of historians, activists and students to develop a ground-breaking LGBT Quaker History Project. For more information about this unique venture, contact LGBT-RAN Coordinator Mark Bowman.

IHLIA, the International Gay and Lesbian Archives and Information Centre, invites proposals for papers to be presented at the International Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections Conference on the Future of LGBTI Histories, to be held in Amsterdam from 1-3 August 2012. Deadline for proposals is March 31. More details here.

Each year the New York Public Library provides stipends for up to three Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars. These stipends support travel to New York City and related expenses to do research in the Library’s premier LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) history collections. Click this link for more details on this Visiting Scholars program. Deadline for applications is in April or May (verify this if interested).

5.  Why I Support LGBT-RAN

One of LGBT-RAN's long-time supporters and donors, Dr. Mary E. Hunt, relates why LGBT-RAN is important to her:
Like many activists and parents, my partner and I don't have deep pockets but we donate to LGBT-RAN. We embrace every generation's duty to pass on the fruits of its labor to those who follow. LGBT-RAN is one way to do that, helping to preserve and promote the ways in which religions and religious people bring about equality.

LGBT-RAN can only continue its ground-breaking work preserving LGBT religious history because of the gifts of Mary Hunt and dozens other LGBT-RAN Friends.  It takes just a couple minutes of your time to make a gift online or send a gift by mail. Your gift today will ensure that our voices and stories are preserved for future generations.  Thank you.

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