LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #97: October 19, 2012

This month's news:

  1. Phil Porter and Marnie Warner Oral Histories
  2. Adding Profiles to Web Site
  3. GLBT History Month
  4. Religious History Award
  5. Other News

1.  Phil Porter and Marnie Warner Oral Histories

These new oral history interviews have been added to the LGBT-RAN web site:

  • Phil Porter; long-time UCC Coalition leader; and
  • Marnie Warner; UCC activist who led adoption of Open and Affirming resolution.

Both interviews were recorded at the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concern's National Gathering in June which marked the organization's 40th anniversary.  LGBT-RAN will collaborate with other LGBT religious and spiritual organizations to record oral histories of early leaders in order to preserve our history. LGBT-RAN's oral histories are easily accessible for anyone to read or listen to on the website.


2.  Adding Profiles to Web Site

Two biographical statements were added to the Profiles Gallery this past month:

  • Z Budapest, founder of Dianic Wiccan traditions in U.S.; and
  • John Schott, leader of Dignity USA & Philadelphia.

The Profiles Gallery--with its 340 postings--is the most comprehensive source of information about leaders of LGBT religious and spiritual movements around the world.  However, there are hundreds more persons who should be posted there.  LGBT-RAN has generated a list of 100+ other leaders of LGBT religious movements to be added to the Profiles Gallery. You can help by researching and writing a profile for one of these prospects OR by suggesting additional names to add to this prospect list. Contact LGBT-RAN with your assistance.

3.  GLBT History Month

October is GLBT History Month in the U.S., an opportunity to act to help preserve the history of LGBT religious movements. Here are possible preservation activities from which you can choose:

Contact LGBT-RAN for assistance on any of these or other preservation projects. It is through the efforts of each one of us that our voices and stories will be preserved for future generations.

4.  Religious History Award

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 on the award page. 

5.  Other News

INTERNS--The Lesbian Herstory Archives (located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NYC) is looking for graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in library and/or archives with a demonstrated interest in Lesbian Studies, History and Activism.  There are a number of exciting projects for the upcoming academic year including the digitization of  the newsprint collection, ongoing digitization of the audio collection, processing the video oral histories of the Daughter's of Bilitis, a retrospective of Dyke Action Machine, planning for an annual Valentines Day fundraiser and so much more. For more info, email

CLASS PROJECTS--OutHistory is in the midst of a major overhaul and redesign (coming soon) that will make it more inviting, more exciting, and more frequently used as a place to learn about LGBT history.  University classes on LGBT history are invited to collaborate with Outhistory to provide content aimed at a general audience through research projects that undergraduates complete for a course. If you are teaching an upcoming class on LGBT history, contact John D'Emilio to explore ways to collaborate with Outhistory.

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