Profiles Gallery

Identifying leaders in religious movements for justice for LGBT persons.

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Hilde Raastad

Hilde Raastad became the first openly lesbian/gay theologian ordained to ministry in the Norwegian Lutheran Church on June 11, 1995. It was a historical moment; one of many steps towards equality and full...   Read More

Andrew Ramer

Andrew Elias Ramer is a Maggid (Jewish sacred storyteller) living in San Francisco, California. Born in Queens, New York in 1951, he believes that the prophetic tradition and storytelling are one and the same. The...   Read More

John Rash

John P. Rash was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in May 1942. He was an only child in an academic family--his father, with a Ph.D. in petroleum geology from Yale, was VP of research at Esso Corporation (now...   Read More

Rev. Adrian Ravarour, Ph.D.

Adrian Ravarour, Ph.D., is a priest, spiritual artist, and social activist who started Vanguard in San Francisco with Joel Williams and Billy Garrison in the fall of 1965. Ravarour was the adult founder of...   Read More

Right Rev. Derek Rawcliffe

Derek Alec Rawcliffe, the son of a tobacconist, was born in Manchester, England, on July 8 1921. When the family moved to Gloucester he attended Sir Thomas Rich's School and also the cathedral to which he was...   Read More

Ernie Reaugh

Earnest O. Reaugh was born January 12, 1923, in Iowa. He was a bomber pilot in World War II. He graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and worked in the retail clothing business. He moved to...   Read More

Mark Rees

Mark (nee Brenda) Rees, the sole survivor of premature twins, was born in December 1942 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. A sister was born in 1946. Although their parents were not active church members, the children were...   Read More

Dr. Sylvia Rhue

Sylvia Rhue is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and producer. She is a native of southern California where she was raised as a 4th generation Seventh Day Adventist. She was reared in a middle-class environment with...   Read More

Edgar Richards

Edgar G. Richards was born January 25, 1962, in Kingston, Jamaica, to Estelle Richards and Edgar Richards, Sr. At the age of five, after the death of his father, his mother moved Edgar and his brother...   Read More

William P. Richardson

The Rev. William P. Richardson, Jr. was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on February 2, 1909. He was the eldest child born to a newlywed, older couple—a 40-year-old mother and a 58-year-old father. His...   Read More

Walter C. Righter

Walter C. Righter was an Episcopal bishop who in 1996 was brought to trial and acquitted of a charge of heresy for ordaining an openly gay man to the priesthood. Righter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on...   Read More

Meg Riley

Meg Riley was born in 1955 into a Unitarian family in Charleston, West Virginia, where that religious tradition was not the norm. Her father, Charlie Wilson, was a scientist at Union Carbide and her mother, Marty,...   Read More

Falcon River

Falcon River was born in 1952, and lived in Columbus, Ohio, until the early 1960s, when her family moved back to the rural mountain country of West Virginia. During this interview, she described her family...   Read More

Jade River

Samantha Jade River was born in 1950 in Bellefountaine, Ohio. Her family moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1952 where they owned and managed businesses and were devoted Presbyterians. Until she graduated...   Read More

Rev. Frank Edson Robertson

The Rev. Frank Edson Robertson may be the first religious educator to be hired as an openly gay person to a position in a church as Minister of Religious Education. He was open about his sexual orientation to...   Read More

Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson

Vicki Gene Robinson was born in Fayette County, Kentucky, on May 29, 1947. His name honors his parents Victor and Imogene, and he has refused to make it more elegantly masculine by changing it. His parents worked as...   Read More

Larry Rodriguez

Larry Rodriguez is a native of Los Angeles, California.  After an early childhood in Boyle Heights, his family moved to what was then considered the distant suburbs of Los Angeles, Monterey Park.  ...   Read More

Craig Rodwell

Craig Rodwell was born in Chicago on October 31, 1940. His father left the family early on, so his mother struggled to support Craig and his older brother. From ages 6 to 14 Craig lived at a small Christian...   Read More

Bob Roehm

Bob Roehm grew up during the 1950s and 1960s in Columbus, Ohio at Plymouth Congregational Church, which no longer exists, and at First Congregational Church, which is now an “Open and Affirming”...   Read More

Rev. Megan Rohrer

Rev. Megan M. Rohrer is a transgender and gay pastor, activist, and passionate leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  Megan was born April 3, 1980 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota....   Read More

Rev. Elder Nori Rost

The Rev. Elder Nori Rost was elected to serve on Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Church’s Board of Elders at the 1999 General Conference in Los Angeles. She became a licensed clergyperson in UFMCC in...   Read More