LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #104: September 26, 2013

This month's news:

  1. Upstairs Lounge Exhibit Released
  2. New Profiles Added
  3. Other Resources
  4. October Is LGBT History Month
  5. December 1 Deadline for LGBT Religious History Award

1.  Upstairs Lounge Exhibit Released

Earlier this week LGBT-RAN published a ground-breaking online exhibition on the tragic fire that swept through a gay bar in New Orleans 40 years ago, killing 32 persons including many members of the MCC congregation. The Upstairs Lounge Fire exhibit includes over 120 artifacts that weave together stories about early gay activism and beginnings of MCC in New Orleans, the Upstairs Lounge bar, the fire on June 24, 1973 and responses in local and national communities. Original artifacts you can peruse include newspaper and journal articles, photographs, correspondence, government reports and recordings from the time. With the release of this exhibit, LGBT-RAN continues its cutting-edge work in using digital technology to create special exhibitions on LGBT religious history.

After you peruse the Upstairs Lounge exhibit, please send us your feedback or reflections on the Your Comments link. Doing this will help initiate dialogue with other visitors about this important event in LGBT history as well as this exhibit.

And if you are impressed by this exhibit, also consider making a special gift to help LGBT-RAN cover the costs of developing it. We still need several hundred dollars to cover expenses. Indicate that your gift is for the "Upstairs Lounge exhibit" and you will be publicly acknowledged as one of the contributors to this exhibit.

2.  New Profiles Added

Three new biographies have been added to the Profiles Gallery since the last newsletter:

You can help preserve our history by submitting a profile of yourself or another leader of LGBT religious movements or by suggesting persons to add to the Profiles Gallery. You can also help expand our historical record by submitting a Remembrance for persons already in the Profiles Gallery.

3.  Other Resources

The autobiography of Anglican priest Malcolm Johnson was published late this summer. In Diary of a Gay Priest: Tightrope Walker Johnson relates stories and anecdotes about the struggles of being an openly gay priest in the Church of England over recent several decades., a valuable digital resource that tells stories about the queer past, about people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, recently announced it has redesigned its web site. The new site is more user-friendly, making it easier to retrieve and peruse the many exhibits and presentations on LGBT history that have been posted there.

4.  October Is LGBT History Month

October is LGBT 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.

5.  December 1 Deadline for LGBT Religious History Award

December 1 is the deadline for submitting papers to be considered for the 2013-14 LGBT Religious History Award. Initiated by LGBT-RAN eight years ago, this is the only academic award for research and writing in LGBT religious history. Pass this information on to other scholars, students and researchers who are working in this field. Guidelines for submissions can be found here.

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