LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #96: September 13, 2012

This month's news:

  1. Profiles Added to Web Site
  2. Add Your Remembrance to a Profile
  3. LGBT Religious History Award Deadline December 1
  4. Hosting Web Site Sustains LGBT-RAN
  5. Harry Hay Conference September 27-30

1.  Profiles Added to Web Site

Biographical profiles of these leaders of LGBT religious movements have been added to the Profiles Gallery in recent weeks:

More than half of the user visits to the LGBT-RAN web site are to the Profiles Gallery, i.e., persons seeking biographical info on the 340 leaders of LGBT religious movements posted there. LGBT-RAN depends upon the assistance of volunteers--like you--to continue adding new profiles.  If you can help by providing a profile of yourself or someone else, contact Continue reading on how you help expand the biographical information already there...

2.  Add Your Remembrance to a Profile

Thank you to the many LGBT-RAN friends who have submitted a "remembrance" of one of the leaders of LGBT religious movements in the Profiles Gallery.  LGBT-RAN added this new feature earlier this year as a valuable means of expanding the biographical data that we preserve.  Each of us can help preserve our history by taking time to write and submit a recollection of a LGBT religious leader with whom we have had a significant experience.  Click on the following links to view examples of two remembrances submitted the past month:  Malcolm Boyd and Bishop Otis Charles.

You will find some tips here on how to create and submit a remembrance. Keep in mind that the  intent is to preserve significant historical data.  Some persons have submitted brief statements  saying "I met this person once and s/he was wonderful." While such accolades are fine, they do not add data to the historical record. So we ask that you take time to write in some detail about a significant experience that provides information about this person.  Your remembrances are an important part of our work to preserve LGBT religious history.

3.  LGBT Religious History Award Deadline December 1

LGBT-RAN offers the only academic honor for research and scholarship in LGBT religious history.  This is the eighth year that LGBT-RAN is inviting submissions for its LGBT Religious History Award.  The deadline for submissions for the 2012-13 award is December 1, 2012. You can find guidelines here.  Please pass this word around to scholars and researchers who may want to submit their writing.  You can also find info about past awardees here.  

Also note that the Committee on LGBT History will award the John Boswell and Joan Nestle Prizes in 2013. The John Boswell Prize is for an outstanding book on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history published in English in 2011 or 2012. The Joan Nestle Undergraduate Prize is for an outstanding paper on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history completed in English by an undergraduate student in 2011 or 2012.  Deadline for these submissions is October 31, 2012. 

4.  Hosting Web Site Sustains LGBT-RAN

Every day 100 persons visit the LGBT-RAN web site looking for information on some aspect of LGBT religious history. LGBT-RAN provides valuable information to all these users for FREE.  However, the cost for LGBT-RAN to expand and maintain all this historical data on its web site averages out to about $50 per day.

In order to ensure LGBT-RAN's long-term viability, in July LGBT-RAN started to invite individuals and groups to "host" the web site one day for each $50 in giving.  As you can see on the web site , the name of the host/donor for the day is now posted prominently on the home page and other pages, along with  the name of a person being honored (if provided).  As a result of a generous outpouring of gifts since July, there are now sponsors of the web site covering about one-third of the days of the year.  

Will you make a gift and become a host of the web site so that LGBT-RAN can continue to provide free access to the world's largest compendium of information on LGBT religious history every day of the year? Direct any questions to Mark Bowman at  Together we can preserve our voices and stories and make them accessible to future generations.

5.  Harry Hay Conference September 27-30

A conference marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of gay rights pioneer and spiritual guru Harry Hay is coming up September 27-30, 2012, at the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in New York City. Radically Gay: The Life and Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay will include presentations, workshops and performance in venues around the city. The four major themes are: the arts, political activism, spirituality, and sexual identities. 

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