Profiles Gallery

Identifying leaders in religious movements for justice for LGBT persons.

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Hal Call

Harold L. Call was born in Trenton, Missouri, on September 20, 1917, and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.  Upon graduation he took a job with the Kansas City ...   Read More

John Calvi

John Calvi was born in 1952 and raised on his grandmother’s farm in Connecticut.  Both sides of this family were Italian immigrants and both John’s parents learned English as a second...   Read More

Peggy Campolo

Peggy Campolo has advocated publicly for justice for her gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers since 1994.  A graduate of Eastern University, she has spoken at churches, universities and...   Read More

Justin Cannon

Rev. Justin R. Cannon, born July 9, 1984, in Detroit, Michigan, is the founder of, an affirming outreach ministry to gay and lesbian Christians...   Read More

Brother Richard Jonathan Cardarelli

Brother Richard Jonathan Cardarelli, SSF, was born in Connecticut. At an early age he knew two things about himself: that he was attracted to members of his own sex and that he was called to be a priest. While...   Read More

Rev. William H. Carey

Rev. William H. Carey was born in New York City in May of 1958. His family was Catholic, and he was taught to attend Mass regularly. He remembers being aware of his orientation as early as 1962. Of course, he knew...   Read More

Royal Carleton

Royal D. Bush was born and raised in Bellevue, Nebraska where his mother attended the First Baptist Church of Bellevue. A few years after graduating high school, Royal began volunteer within the GLBT community...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Robert Carter, SJ

Robert Carter, a Jesuit and early leader of Dignity and the National Gay Task Force, was born in Chicago on July 27, 1927, the son of Earl and Ila Grace Smith Carter. His father managed several music stores. The...   Read More

Rev. Mari Castellanos

Maria Elena Castellanos was born on December 13, 1947, to Jorge P. Castellanos and Maria Antonia Varona in Havana. Mari‘s family was professional middle-class with predecessors who played prominent roles in...   Read More

Jack Castiglione

Jack Castiglione was born in San Pedro, California (near Los Angeles), as were his parents. He studied politics but enjoyed starting several small businesses. The most notable business was the Long Beach Music...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas

The Rev. Dr. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas is currently the Senior Pastor of Cathedral of Hope of Dallas, called and elected by the 4,500-member congregation on April 12, 2015, following a year-long search. He began his...   Read More

Mary Louise Cervone

Mary Louise Cervone was born on January 20, 1959, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, into a large Catholic family parented by Mario and Rita Cervone.  Mary Louise was an accomplished musician and music teacher...   Read More

Right Rev. Otis Charles, DD, STD

Originally from New Jersey, the Right Reverend Otis Charles was ordained in 1951. In the course of his ministry Charles served variously as a parish priest; executive secretary of Associated Parishes, a national...   Read More

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

The Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge, the last of five children born to a Southern Baptist minister and his wife, felt God's call on her life from as early as she can remember. The Greensboro, North Carolina, native...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng

The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng is a theologian, seminary professor, attorney, and ordained minister.  He is the Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at the Episcopal Divinity School in...   Read More

Kittredge Cherry

Rev. Kittredge Cherry is a lesbian Christian author, minister and art historian who offers gay-friendly spiritual resources at  She blogs at the Jesus in...   Read More

Rev. Richard W. Clark

The Rev. Richard W. Clark was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. In 1979, he received the M. Div. degree from...   Read More

Rev. Robert Mary Clement

The Most Reverend Robert Mary Clement, Archbishop of North America of the original American Catholic Church and the original Eucharistic Catholic Church; founder of The Church of the Beloved Disciple in Manhattan...   Read More

Rev. Michael Cole

The Rev. Michael Cole, founder of Christ Chapel in Long Beach, California, was raised in Roseburg and Medford, Oregon, in the religious traditions of Foursquare Gospel and Assemblies of God. He recalled that when...   Read More

Michael L. Collins

Michael Collins was born in October, 1947. He graduated from David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon, in 1965 and enrolled at Portland State University. He graduated with a B.S. in sociology in 1969. During...   Read More

Rev. Clay Colwell

Clarence Albert Colwell (1923-1999) was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on October 13th. As a teenager he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands as CB (construction battalion). He received a...   Read More

Ann Thompson Cook

Ann Thompson Cook has provided visionary leadership in movements promoting social justice. for nearly five decades. Through her advocacy in religious communities, she has continually found ways to expand thinking,...   Read More

Very Rev. Ian D. Corbett

Ian Deighton Corbett was born in Birmingham, England, in 1942, and graduated from the University of Cambridge, where he returned to complete ordination training. He worked in the Diocese of Manchester for 18...   Read More

Rev. Florentino Cordova

Florentino “Tino” Cordova is the pastor of Iglesia del Cáliz-Church of The Chalice. Iglesia del Cáliz-Church of The Chalice is a bi-lingual Hispanic congregation and a joint project of...   Read More

Dr. Roger Corless

Dr. Roger J. Corless was born in Merseyside, England, in 1938. He exhibited interest in both religion and science at any early age. His family attended church infrequently during his childhood, partly because Brits...   Read More

Jim Cotter

Jim Cotter was a founder member of the Gay (later the Lesbian and Gay) Christian Movement in the UK in April, 1976. He served as Honorary Secretary for the first two years and was the co-ordinator of...   Read More

T. Thorn Coyle

T. Thorn Coyle is an internationally respected visionary and teacher of the magical and esoteric arts. The author of Kissing the Limitless: Deep Magic and the Great Work of Transforming Yourself and the World...   Read More

Barb Crabtree

Barb Crabtree was born in 1960 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Barb’s parents met while living in West Virginia and married there.  Even though the U.S. was coming out of the Great Depression when...   Read More

Jimmy Creech

Jimmy Creech, a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, was an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church from 1970 to 1999.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from the University of North...   Read More

Dr. Louie Crew Clay

Dr. Louie Crew was born in the deep South in 1936. He received his B.A. degree from Baylor University, his M.A. degree in 1959 from Auburn and his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in 1971. His dissertation was...   Read More

Rev. Robert Cromey

The Rev. Robert Warren Cromey, retired Episcopal priest, was born in 1931, raised in New York City and lived in San Francisco since 1962. Cromey is married and has three daughters and six grandchildren. Even...   Read More

Rev. Carol Cureton

Rev. Carol Cureton, a native of Missouri, became founder of the St. Louis MCC by a roundabout route. After graduating  from Southeast Missouri State Teachers College with a B.S. Degree in Biology and...   Read More