LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #46: September 29, 2006

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) at Chicago Theological Seminary is a grass roots, activist venture to promote and conserve the history of LGBT religious movements. LGBT-RAN is a resource center and information clearinghouse for preserving records of LGBT religious movements while also encouraging historical study. Pass on news of this ground-breaking work to friends and colleagues.

This month's news:

  1. Deadline for History Award in Two Weeks
  2. New Profiles on Web Site
  3. Shower of Stoles Online Exhibit
  4. Help Us Fix Broken Links
  5.  How You Can Support LGBT-RAN

1.  Deadline for History Award in Two Weeks

Papers being submitted for this year's LGBT Religious History Award must be postmarked by Friday, October 13, 2006. Please pass this word on to scholars and students who might be interested in submitting a paper. Complete submission guidelines can be found at: www.lgbtran.org/historyaward.htm. Note that papers can be submitted electronically this year as well as shipped in hard copy.

Papers submitted will be reviewed by the jury this fall and the honoree announced in January, 2007. The honoree receives a $500 award and a trip to LGBT-RAN's annual dinner in spring 2007 to be recognized

2.  New Profiles on Web Site

New biographical sketches added to our Profiles Gallery this past month are:

Rabbi Linda Holtzman, lesbian rabbi, teacher and author;
Robert I. McQueen, prominent gay Mormon and long-time editor of The Advocate; and
Emery Prickett, early leader of Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons.

You can help LGBT-RAN record basic biographical data about the many, diverse leaders of LGBT religious movements--by submitting biographical sketches or inviting others to submit them for the Profiles Gallery. Note that this is not a special invitation or honor bestowed upon anyone. LGBT-RAN is trying to collect biographical info on a wide array of LGBT religious leaders; future scholars will determine the historical significance of these persons. Do not fret over whether someone is "important enough" to submit....just send it in.

3.  Shower of Stoles Online Exhibit

In August LGBT-RAN unveiled the new Shower of Stoles Online Exhibit that is under construction: www.lgbtran.org/Stoles/index.asp

You can see that many more stoles and pictures have been added in recent weeks. The final design of the exhibit--a much different and polished look--is being tested and will be posted soon.You can go back to the site and look for this in a couple of weeks.

LGBT-RAN is proud to be able to assist in making this dramatic collection of stories and symbols of LGBT religious leaders more widely accessible in digital form. A special thanks to the donors who have made gifts to underwrite the cost of this venture to place all 1,000+ stoles into this enlightening online exhibit.

4.  Help Us Fix Broken Links

We all know that one of the challenges of communications on the Internet is that URL addresses change or disappear, leaving many broken "links." LGBT-RAN, like many other groups, faces the challenge of trying to make sure all of the links provided to other web pages are functioning and current.

While LGBT-RAN staff tries to keep on top of this situation, the growing magnitude of info on the web site makes this increasingly difficult. You can help by reporting any broken or missing links--or any other needed corrections--that you discover on the LGBT-RAN web site to: info@lgbtran.org. Together we can help ensure the accuracy of the information being preserved about LGBT religious history.

5.   How You Can Support LGBT-RAN

A. Invite friends and colleagues to learn about preserving the history of LGBT religious movements by forwarding them this newsletter or sending their email addresses to info@lgbtran.org.

B. Contact us at info@lgbtran.org with information about existing archival collections from LGBT religious movements, about records that need to be archived, or about leaders of LGBT religious movements to include in our Pioneers Gallery.

C. Volunteer to assist our work in preserving and researching LGBT religious history at volunteer@lgtbtran.org. The LGBT-RAN staff will help you get involved in whatever way is most appropriate for you.

D. Make a financial gift to support the work on LGBT-RAN on the web site by clicking on the "Make A Gift" box on the upper left corner of this page. You can send information on individuals, foundations and organizations that might be interested in funding this ground-breaking work to mbowman@lgbtran.org.

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