Collection Info

Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns

Span Dates: 1973-1999

Volume: 4.5 linear ft.


The Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns Records consist of minutes, clerk's correspondence, publication files, and conference records. Of note are materials on same-sex marriage in the Society of Friends. These records were donated by long-time members Bruce Grimes and Arthur Gross in 1999. (See the related papers of co-founder Jeff Keith.)

Hist/Bio Note

The Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (FLGC) is a national Quaker-affiliated group of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and sympathetic others which was founded in 1971. Originally named the Committee on Concern, it began with five Friends, L.S. Butler, G. Turnbull, G.D. Kaiser, D.W. Kaiser, D.W. Beedle, and R.E. Mattson. Ron Mattson published its newsletter from 1973-1975. Arthur Gross took over as Editor in 1975, and the group was renamed the Friends Committee for Gay Concerns. Bruce Grimes assumed the Editorship after 1976. In 1978 the name was changed to Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns. In 2003, the name was changed to Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns. See their website for more information.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available from the Friends Historical Library or online at the above address.


The collection is located in the Friends Historical Library (FHL) at Swarthmore College.

Index Terms

Friends for Lesbian and Gay ConcernsKeith, JeffFriends/QuakersUnited StatesGay liberation movement -- Religious aspectsGays -- Religious LifeGays -- United States -- History -- 20th Century -- SourcesMattson, RonGross, Arthur