LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #102: April 11, 2013

This month's news:

  1. Farajajé Interview Now on Web Site
  2. New Profiles Posted
  3. Web Site Use Growing
  4. Other Resources

1.  Farajajé Interview Now on Web Site

The latest addition to LGBT-RAN's Oral History Project is an interview with Dr. Ibrahim Farajajé, mystic activist and scholar who was an early publicly-identified bisexual spokesperson. The interview is a fascinating exploration of Farajajé's lifelong journey in spirituality and sexual identity that has broken through perceived boundaries. Dedication to providing spiritual foundations that enable communities to move toward fuller expressions of wholeness is manifest throughout Farajajé's life and work. The interview was conducted by Dr. Monique Moultrie as part of LGBT-RAN's series with Black LGBT leaders. You can read or listen to the interview here.

2.  New Profiles Posted

These biographical statements were added to the Profiles Gallery over the past month:

  • Ian Buist, early openly gay diplomat and religious activist in the U.K.; and
  • Marvin Ellison, prominent ethicist and marriage advocate.

In addition, LGBT-RAN friends submitted Remembrances of Fr. Bernard Lynch and Dr. Beverly Wildung Harrison.

LGBT-RAN depends upon the assistance of persons like you in order to preserve these voices and stories of a diversity of leaders of LGBT religious movements. Contact Mark Bowman to offer your help in developing Profiles or Remembrances.

3.  Web Site Use Growing

Visits to the LGBT-RAN web site increased by 10% over the past year.  An average of 110 persons now visit the web site every day; 85% of those are first-time visitors. Two-thirds of all visitors go to the Profiles Gallery; 9% to an Oral History interview; 8% to the Council on Religion and the Homosexual exhibition; the rest visit the many other LGBT-RAN pages. 7% of visitors are from the U.K; 4% from Canada.

LGBT-RAN has extensive Internet links with over 200 other web sites that refer visitors to the LGBT-RAN web site. Still just over half of all visits come through Google searches, indicative of the prominent position LGBT-RAN holds with Google.

This data affirms the critical role that LGBT-RAN plays as a source of valuable information on LGBT religious history to many persons around the world. Your support enables LGBT-RAN to continue expanding this unique resource center.

4.  Other Resources

LGBT-RAN's sponsor, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, now offers podcasts that provide easy listening access to ground-breaking scholarly presentations on LGBT issues in religion.

Early gay religious activist Adrian Ravarour is featured in a video, Coming Out in the 1960s, produced by the Pye Harris Project in which LGBT young adults interview seniors about their early lives.

Whose Beloved Community?: Black Civil and LGBT Rights Movements, an international conference at Emory University, March 27-29, 2014, has issued a Call for Proposals.  Deadline for submissions is June 17, 2013.

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