Profiles Gallery

Identifying leaders in religious movements for justice for LGBT persons.

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Richard LaFortune

Richard LaFortune (also known as "Anguksuar," or "Little Man"), Native Two Spirit and GLBT organizer, was born into the Yupik (Eskimo) tribe in 1960 in a small fishing village in southwest Alaska. His mother’s...   Read More

Archbishop Alfred Lankenau

 Archbishop Alfred Louis Lankenau, retired Primate of the Orthodox-Catholic Church of America, died on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He had suffered a lengthy struggle with cancer. ...   Read More

Rev. Charles William Larsen

The Rev. Charles William Larsen (Chuck) was born in 1943 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Ruth Evelyn Larsen (Maas) and Charles Albert Larsen. Chuck also had a younger brother Ronald James Larsen that predeceased him,...   Read More

Gene Leggett

Franklin Gene Leggett, an early openly gay Methodist clergy, was born in 1935 in Edinburg, Texas. He graduated from Pan American College in 1956. Raised in the church, he was destined for ministry and enrolled in...   Read More

Elinor Grace Kirby Lewallen

Elinor Grace Kirby Lewallen was born on May 17, 1919, in Star Township in Cloud County, Kansas. Elinor was the third of four children born to Osbourn and Grace Kirby.  She attended elementary school for the...   Read More

Rev. Chuck Lewis

The Rev. Charles Lewis was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1931. He studied chemical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, leaving to spend two years in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He graduated from...   Read More

Winston Leyland

Winston Leyland, prominent gay writer, editor and publisher, was born in 1940 in Lancashire in northern England. His father served in the British army in India during World War II.  One of Winston’s...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, the first out Black lesbian elder in The United Methodist Church, was raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, in the 1960s. Her father was a day laborer and her mother a domestic worker...   Read More

Renato Lings

Kjeld Renato Lings, Ph.D., was born in a rural part of West Jutland, Denmark, near the town of Herning. His father was a schoolteacher and his mother was an organist and housewife. They were both committed...   Read More

John M. Linscheid

Although John Linscheid works as an office manager at the University of Pennsylvania’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, his biography is here because he is a writer, speaker, and an activist in...   Read More

Lyle Loder

Lyle Loder was a key leader in development of an LGBT witness among United Methodists in southern California during the early 1980s.  Along with several other young gay laymen and a few clergy, they formed a...   Read More

Pastor Jim Lokken

Jim Lokken was born into a Norwegian Lutheran family from Minnesota, in the old Evangelical Lutheran Church. His parents moved to Pasadena, California, where they raised Jim and his brother Stan.   Jim...   Read More

Samuel E. Loliger

Samuel E.Loliger was born into a Swiss family in Canton, Ohio, in September 1937. Two sisters came into the family after him. His father was a mill worker who had an eighth-grade European education. His mother was...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

Rev. Dr. Cynthia "Cindi" Love is an ordained minister and human rights activist and advocate, author and award-winning entrepreneur. She has also served as Executive Dean in one of the largest community...   Read More

Rev. Elder Louis Loynes

Rev. Louis Loynes was born in 1928 and raised in San Jose, California where he lived with his family until entering college at Vallejo, California. After his graduation from college, he entered the U.S. Navy where...   Read More

Donald Stewart Lucas

Donald Stewart Lucas was born in rural Colorado in 1926, but moved to San Francisco in 1949, performing in local theater until the middle 1950s. There he was introduced to the Mattachine Society and the idea of...   Read More

Fr. Bernard Lynch

Bernard Lynch was born in Ireland in 1947. His father worked for the local railway making deliveries by horse and cart of goods from the train station around the market town of Ennis capital of County Clare. Clare...   Read More

Rev. Roger Lynn

The Rev. Roger Lynn, who officiated at one of the earliest gay weddings in the U.S., was raised in a liberal Methodist family in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The Lynn family was active at Hamline Methodist Church...   Read More

Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon

Phyllis Lyon was born on November 10, 1924, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised primarily in northern California. She graduated from Sacramento High School in 1943 and went on to the University of...   Read More