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Identifying leaders in religious movements for justice for LGBT persons.

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Clyde Hall

Clyde Hall is an internationally recognized and acknowledged authority of Native American culture, dance ritual and folkways. Clyde was born and raised in Fort Hall, Idaho and is a Native American of...   Read More

Rev. Howard Hall

Howard Hall was born on March 10, 1936 to Earl and Alethia B. Hall. Raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he first served the Church as a devout altar boy in his home parish. In the 10th grade, he entered the minor...   Read More

Nicole Hamel

Nicole Hamel estnée à Cap-rouge près de Québec. En 1968, après avoir obtenu  un Baccalauréat en Catéchèse à l’Université Laval,...   Read More

Phebe Ann Coffin Hanaford

Phebe Ann Coffin Hanaford may be America's earliest certifiable lesbian minister. According to Lisa M. Tetrault (see below), Phebe Ann (Coffin) Hanaford was born in Siasconset on Nantucket Island on May 6,...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Tom Hanks

The Rev. Dr. Tom Hanks has served as a missionary in Latin America since 1963, first with the Latin American Mission as professor of Hebrew Bible at the Latin America Biblical Seminary in San Jose, Costa Rica...   Read More

Rev. Ed Hansen

Ed Hansen was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1940 to Robert and Edith Hansen.  Ed was the middle son in the family; Bob was four years older and Bill five years younger. Ed’s father worked as a fireman...   Read More

Rev. Esther Hargis

The Rev. Esther Hargis was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1947, the daughter of two teachers and the oldest of four children. She grew up attending Lyndon Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist church in Louisville,...   Read More

Rev. Cedric Harmon

Cedric Harmon is a native Midwesterner with Southern and New England influences—a surprise last child to older parents who shared with him the gift of experience and wisdom. He was a precocious youth...   Read More

Rev. Allen Harris

Allen V. Harris is guided by prayerful discernment, passionate play, and prophetic witness.  He finds much of his spiritual wisdom in scripture (particularly Isaiah 56:1-8, Luke 4:14-21, and Romans 12),...   Read More

Rev. Linda Harris

The Rev. Linda Harris was born May 10, 1944. She did not attend church in her early years. Her mother and sisters were Catholic but she and her father did not go anywhere. Linda remembers her father’s mother...   Read More

Most Rev. Stanley J. Harris DD

The Most Rev. Stan Harris, D.D. was born in in Glenelg/Adelaide, South Australia on April 8, 1944. Born of Presbyterian parents, he converted to Catholicism in 1956, realizing he was gay about six months later!...   Read More

Dr. Beverly Wildung Harrison

Dr. Beverly Jean Wildung Harrision, internationally renowned scholar and teacher of Christian social ethics and feminist theory, was born on August 4, 1932, in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was the fourth child of...   Read More

Brenda Harrison

Brenda Harrison was an active member of the Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian and Gay Christians ( beginning in 1987, serving as co-convenor for...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Rodger D. Harrison

The Rev. Dr. Rodger DeLong Harrison was born in the Mary Imogene Bassett hospital, Cooperstown, New York, on June 16, 1928. His mother, Marion DeLong Rose Harrison, was a stay-at-home-mother in their Mount Vision,...   Read More

Rev. Elder Jeri Ann Harvey

Rev. Elder Jeri Ann Harvey was born January 3, 1934, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA) into a Cherokee nation family.  This heritage was an important aspecet of Jeri Ann's identity. She graduated from high school...   Read More

Rev. Vin Harwell

The Rev. Vin Harwell (1947 - 2000) was born in York, Alabama. He graduated from Eckerd College in St. Peterburg, Florida, and later from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Before becoming a...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes C.M.

The Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes C.M. LLD is a native of Bath, in rural New Brunswick. He grew up in a strict fundamentalist Baptist family. He recalls knowing at a very early age that he was...   Read More

Harry Hay

Harry Hay (1912-2002) is best known as the founder of the U.S. gay movement but is increasingly known as a pioneer of gay spirituality. He started the Mattachine Society in 1950 and launched the Radical Faerie...   Read More

Wilhelmina Hein

Wilhelmina Hein was born Willem Hein in the Netherlands in 1947 and emigrated to Australia in 1958 with his family. Discovering a difference about his sexuality and identity at an early age, he grew up in a strict...   Read More

Lee Frances Heller

Leo F. Heller, Jr. was born on April 5, 1919, in Youngstown, Ohio, in humble circumstances. He led a singularly undistinguished life finally becoming a resident at the Good Shepherd Mission in Paterson, New...   Read More

Mitzi Henderson

Mitzi Henderson was raised in the Presbyterian Church, the child of parents who were devout religious leaders and activists for social justice. Married immediately after college, she was the mother of four young...   Read More

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Ph.D.

Robyn is a lifelong Baptist who has been involved in LGBTQ justice work since college. Having been the only queer and gender nonconforming person in their college classroom, Robyn has always spoken from margin to...   Read More

Haven Herrin

Haven Herrin is a queer, trans* white Southerner from Texas. They are in love with the organizing of Soulforce because it deeply connects the spiritual, the personal, and the political in the work of...   Read More

Gordon Herzog

Gordon Herzog was born to Jesse T. Herzog and Ethel B. (Dillingham) Herzog in St. Louis, Missouri on September 13, 1934. His family resided first in Normandy and later in Hazelwood, Missouri. Gordon was raised...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward

The Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward is an Episcopal priest, professor, theologian, activist, and writer. A pioneer in the areas of feminist liberation theology and the theology of sexuality. Carter was born on August 22,...   Read More

Fr. Giles Hibbert OP

Giles Hibbert OP was born in 1923 into a distinguished military family. He was brought up in a country house in Wiltshire where his father, Major General Hugh Hibbert DSO was the local squire and leader in the...   Read More

Rev. Anita Hill

Anita Carol Hill was ordained to the Lutheran Ministry of Word and Sacrament in an extra ordinem service on April 28, 2001. One currently seated bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)...   Read More

Bruce & Virginia Hilton

   Bruce and Virginia (Ginny) Hilton were pastors, advocates, and loving parents of four sons, Steve, Philip, Thomas and Paul.  At the time of Virginia’s death in October 2007, they had been...   Read More

Malcolm Himschoot

Malcolm Himschoot was born in 1977 in Denver, Colorado, and raised in Idaho Springs, Colorado in a white conservative Christian context.  Malcolm’s father was a builder and mother worked as a nurse. He...   Read More

Candy Holmes

Candy (Lorilyn) Holmes was born in 1956 in Washington D.C. into a family from Southern roots. Her grandparents had migrated to D.C. in the 1930s for economic opportunities.  This was a second marriage for her...   Read More

Rabbi Linda Holtzman

Linda Holtzman is Rabbinic Formation Specialist at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is is the organizer of Tikkun Olam Chavurah, a group...   Read More

Rev. Daniel Hooper

The Rev. Daniel M. Hooper was born in Bakersfield, California, in 1947. Hooper was educated at California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California, and studied for his M. Div. at Pacific...   Read More

Rev. Glenda Hope

Glenda Hope was born in 1936 in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up there in a Southern Baptist family. They were regular church participants and active in a...   Read More

Rev. James Hopkins

James Hopkins was born into a fundamentalist Southern Baptist family in a Chevron company town in Colorado. His parents left the Southern Baptist tradition because it was becoming too liberal. James felt that his...   Read More

Rev. Elder John Hose

The Rev. Elder John H. Hose was a native Ohioan who held an A.B. degree from Elmhurst College, a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary, and a Master of Science in Education from the University...   Read More

Andrew Hudson

Andrew Hudson was born in 1935 in Birmingham, England. He was the great-great-grandson of the early 19th century miniature painter William Hudson. Both his grandfathers were Anglican clergy. His father was a...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Laud Humphreys

Laud Humphreys was born Robert Allan Humphreys on October 16, 1930, in Chickasha, Oklahoma. His parents were Ira Denver and Stella Bernice Humphreys. His brother Howard was twenty years older and brother William...   Read More

Dr. Mary E. Hunt

Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D., is a feminist theologian who is co-founder and co-director of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. A Catholic active in the...   Read More

Raymond Hunthausen

Raymond Gerhardt Hunthausen (born August 21, 1921) is a retired American prelate of the Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Helena from 1962 to 1975 and as Archbishop of Seattle from 1975 to 1991.    ...   Read More

Dr. Rick Huskey

Dr. Rick Huskey, M.D., D.Min., M.Div., a co-founder of Affirmation: United Methodists for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns, was born May 19, 1950 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rick grew up in southeast...   Read More

Loraine Hutchins

Loraine Hutchins, Ph.D., is a founder and leader of the U.S. bisexual rights and liberation movement who has increasingly integrated issues of spirituality into her sexuality education work. She co-edited Bi...   Read More

Rev. George Augustine Hyde

George Augustine Hyde (1923), who led the first known church to openly minister to and with homosexuals in the U.S., attended a Roman Catholic seminary, though he left before achieving priestly ordination. He...   Read More