LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #92: March 29, 2012

This month's news:

  1. New Data on the Web Site
  2. Annual Dinner on June 16th
  3. Remembering the Life of Victor Jordan
  4. Opportunities for LGBT Scholars
  5. Why I Support LGBT-RAN

1.  New Data on the Web Site

These biographical statements of leaders of LGBT religious movements have been added to the Profiles Gallery this past month:

In addition, these collections have been posted to the Collections Catalog:

Thanks to Pacific School of Religion student Joel Layton who has been conducting interviews and developing bio statements for the Profiles Gallery.

2.  Annual Dinner on June 16th

LGBT-RAN invites friends and supporters to its annual dinner and program on Saturday, June 16th, at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.  Guest speakers at the dinner will be the 2011-12 LGBT Religious History Award honorees: Dr. Rebecca L. Davis ("'My Homosexuality is Getting Worse Every Day': Norman Vincent Peale, Psychiatry, and the Liberal Protestant Response to Same-Sex Desires in Mid-Twentieth Century America") and Dr. Anthony Michael Petro ("Protest Religion! ACT UP, Religious Freedom and the Ethics of Sex.")

The LGBT-RAN dinner is part of a larger weekend program of Bay Area activities remembering the 40th anniversary of the ordination of William R. Johnson and early breakthroughs in LGBT movements in the United Church of Christ and beyond.  The weekend is a collaboration of the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion & Ministry, the Golden Gate Association of the UCC, LGBT-RAN, New Spirit Community Church and Pacific School of Religion.  More details to come.

The LGBT-RAN dinner also coincides with the annual meeting of the LGBT-RAN Advisory Committee.

3.  Remembering the Life of Victor Jordan

LGBT-RAN mourns the recent death of Victor L. Jordan who served as one of its dedicated volunteer leaders for the past ten years. Victor was a long-time member of Riverside Church in New York City who participated in the founding of the Maranatha LGBT group there in the 1970s.  Following a successful corporate career, Victor retired and enrolled in school to earn an archivist degree so he could be of service to the communities he loved. He gave countless hours as a volunteer archivist at Riverside Church and at the National History Archive at the LGBT Community Center in New York. He served on LGBT-RAN's Advisory Committee since its inception and provided invaluable assistance to LGBT-RAN's development over these years.

4.  Opportunities for LGBT Scholars

The Human Rights Campaign is receiving applications for its Summer Institute Program--a fully-funded, intensive 5-day seminar for up to 12 participants pursuing LGBTQ theological topics at the master’s and doctoral level. Students will explore how their scholarship can fuel a new dialogue around LGBTQ equality and religion in their schools, seminaries, congregations and communities.  Held at Vanderbilt Divinity School from August 5-10, 2012. Application deadline is April 15, 2012. For details go to:

Call for Papers for the Australian Lesbian & Gay Archives annual conference, Australia's Homosexual Histories, in Brisbane on June 8-9, 2012.  Click here for details. Deadline for receipt of abstracts is March 30, 2012.

Research grants that provide select scholars financial assistance for expenses incurred when they conduct research on sexuality with sources in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at the Cornell University Library.   Click here for details on the Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grants.  Application deadline in March 31, 2012.

5.  Why I Support LGBT-RAN

Long-time LGBT-RAN supporter and donor  Dr. John D'Emilio  tells why LGBT-RAN is so valuable to him:
LGBT-RAN is a gem, a precious resource.  Not only is it a model of an attractive, well-organized, easy-to-navigate, and user-friendly site; it also puts front and center a topic that is too often marginalized both by communities of faith and the LGBT world.  LGBT-RAN is making it possible to preserve and reconstruct a history that needs to be remembered.  I love it!

LGBT-RAN depends upon the gifts of John D'Emilio and other Friends like you in order to continue its unique preservation work. It takes only a couple minutes to make a gift online or send a gift by mail. Your gift today will ensure that our voices and stories are preserved for future generations.  Thank you!

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