Profiles Gallery

Identifying leaders in religious movements for justice for LGBT persons.

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Joan Wakeford

Joan Wakeford was born in East London, South Africa, in 1928. Her mother had complications with her pregnancy so came to East London to be with her mother who was a midwife for Joan's birth. Joan's father...   Read More

Rt. Rev. Dr. Lynn Elizabeth Walker

Lynn Walker was born in 1952 in Orange County, New York, as an only child and first grandson in a large, extended (and not very devout) Roman Catholic family of mostly second-generation northern European...   Read More

Rev. Bernd Wangerin

The Rev. Bernd Herman Wangerin was born on August 5, 1940, in Hamburg, Germany. His parents were Fritz Wangerin and Hildegard born Ronnau. Life in Germany was difficult during the wartime and its aftermath: baby...   Read More

Marnie Warner

Marnie Warner, one of four co-authors of the Open and Affirming Resolution in the United Church of Christ, was a key strategist in the passage of Open and Affirming in the Massachusetts Conference and at the 1985...   Read More

Rev. Howard Warren

The Rev. Howard B. Warren, Jr., affectionately known as "God's Glorious Gadfly," was born September 7, 1934, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary; and he held degrees from...   Read More

Naomi Washington-Leapheart

Naomi Washington-Leapheart, a daughter of Detroit, is the Faith Work Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, the country's oldest national LGBTQ justice and equality group. She is also an adjunct faculty...   Read More

Keith Wedmore

Keith Wedmore was born on 16 April, 1932 in Orpington, Kent to Basil and Hilda. His father worked as an electrical engineer; his mother at anything going including fire watching during the War, but started out as...   Read More

Rev. David Weekley

The Rev. Dr. David Weekley was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1951. He graduated from Cleveland State University (B.A. cum laude in psychology) and completed graduate studies in the phenomenology of religion at Miami...   Read More

Rev. Howard Wells

The Rev. Howard Ray Wells was born in 1944 in Houston, Texas, to Virginia and Ray Wells. He attended Houston public schools and a Southern Baptist church. He earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the...   Read More

Dr. Mona West

The Rev. Mona West was ordained in the Southern Baptist denomination in 1987 and transferred her ordination credentials to the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Churches (MCC) in 1992.  Mona earned her...   Read More

Rev. Melvin E. Wheatley

 Bishop Melvin E. Wheatley, Jr. a champion of equal rights in the United Methodist Church, died March 1, 2009,after a prolonged illness. He was 93 years old. Recognized in 2000 with a proclamation by the City...   Read More

Rev. Robert P. Wheatly

The Rev. Robert P. Wheatly (born September 17, 1919, died October 31, 2002) was the second Director of the Office of Gay and Lesbian Concerns of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) from 1977 to 1986. He...   Read More

Carol A. White

Carol A. White was born in December 1939 in Alexandria, Louisiana. Her parents enrolled her in Methodist Sunday School the day she was born and First Methodist Church was a huge part of her life until she left home...   Read More

Rev. Elder Jean White

Rev. Elder Jean White was born in South London (England) in 1941 and grew up in a Brethren family.  She received her training as a State Registered Nurse at the London Teaching Hospital, Whitechapel, London....   Read More

Rev. Dr. Mel White

The Rev. Dr. Mel White has been a Christian minister, author, and filmmaker all his adult life. Raised as a evangelical Christian, taught that homosexuality was a sin, he fought to overcome his own homosexual...   Read More

Rev. Paul Whiting

Paul was born into the Pentecostal Assemblies in Great Britain. As a child he remembers Donald Gee, a Pentecostal pioneer, as a visitor to the family home and as a student he became friends with Pentecostal...   Read More

Kay Whitlock

Kay Whitlock is the National Representative for LGBT Issues for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization working for peace and demilitarization, human rights, social justice, economic...   Read More

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) biography written by Mitchell Santine Gould.   As Reverend Troy Perry recently pointed out, “Yes, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass is beloved by all people and speaks to all people --...   Read More

Amara Das Wilhelm

Amara Das is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in the Madhva-Gaudiya line of Vaishnava Hinduism. He joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in 1974 and received...   Read More

Laura Montgomery (Rutt) Williams

Laura Montgomery (Rutt) Williams was born in Illinois in 1960.  In 1966, her family moved to Atlanta so her father could go to graduate school at Atlanta University, a predominately African American...   Read More

Rev. Dr. D. Mark Wilson

Rev. Dr. Doniel Mark Wilson was born the youngest of six children on September 27, 1960, to the proud parentage of a single mother, from whom he learned strong faith in God to dream beyond life’s apparent...   Read More

Rev. Elder Nancy L. Wilson

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson is the former Moderator (global leader) of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). She  was elected to that position in 2005, following the retirement of the Founder of MCC, Rev....   Read More

Rev. Robert W. Wood

The Rev. Robert W. Wood, author of the first book published in the U.S. on Christianity and homosexuality, was born May 21, 1923, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Edith and Harold Wood. Robert enlisted in the army after...   Read More

Dr. Imani Woody

Dr. Imani Woody is the founding director and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc. She has a Ph.D. in Human Services, specializing in non-profit management.  Her thesis was "Lift Every Voice:...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Judith Hoch Wray

The Rev. Judith Hoch Wray, Ph.D., is a biblical scholar, teacher, homiletician, writer and editor, and carpenter. Coming out as lesbian in 1969, she has remained committed to integrating her own sexuality and...   Read More