LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #82: March 15, 2011

This month's news:

  1. New Oral History Interview
  2. 2010-11 LGBT Religious History Award
  3. Position Open for Part-time Archivist
  4. Peter Gomes in Profiles Gallery

1.  New Oral History Interview

An oral history interview with the Rev. Darlene Garner has been added to the LGBT-RAN web site. Garner was a community activist and leader in Philadelphia working in human rights and diversity when she was drawn to ministry in the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). She now has more then twenty years of ministry and international leadership in the MCC.

This interview is another in a series of oral histories with Black LGBT religious leaders being conducted by Dr. Monique Moultrie. More of these interviews will be posted in months to come.

2.  2010-11 LGBT Religious History Award

After reviewing the papers submitted for the 2010-11 LGBT Religious History Award, the jury decided not to honor one of the papers with an award this year. While the jury members noted the continued growth and development of scholarly work in LGBT religious history as evidenced by the papers submitted, they decided none were of outstanding caliber to be considered award-worthy. In the six years of the LGBT Religious History Award, this is the second time that the jury decided not to make an award. Scholars and researchers are encouraged to consider submitting a paper for the 2011-12 Award. Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2011. Here are the guidelines for submissions.

3.  Position Open for Part-time Archivist

LGBT-RAN is inviting applicants for a part-time archivist position to work 10 hours a month. The archivist will work with the Coordinator and Advisory Committee to:

  • encourage LGBT religious/spiritual groups and leaders to preserve their records in appropriate repositories;
  • provide consultation to these groups and leaders in the process of preserving their records;
  • identify collections from LGBT religious movements existent in repositories around the world; and
  • maintain an online Collections Catalog.

The archivist will provide her/his own office space and electronic communications equipment. Monthly stipend is $250. Interested persons should send resume and cover letter to:

4.  Peter Gomes in Profiles Gallery

The recent death of Harvard chaplain Peter Gomes was another significant loss to LGBT religious and spiritual movements. A passionate and colorful personality who defied preconceptions and stereotypes, Gomes was a widely respected advocate for LGBT equality over the past 20 years. A biographical sketch of Gomes, drawn from newspaper obituaries, has been added to the Profiles Gallery.

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