LGBT Religious Archives Network News

Newsletter #51: March 30, 2007

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. News on the Web Site
  2. LGBT-RAN Listed in OCLC
  3. LGBT-RAN & CTS Event on May 3
  4. New Giving Link on Web Site
  5. Ways You Can Support LGBT-RAN

1.  News on the Web Site

These profiles have been added to the LGBT-RAN web site over the past month:

Joseph Doucé, Baptist pastor & gay activist in Paris who died mysteriously in 1990;
Harry Hay, one of founders of Radical Faeries as well as Mattachine Society; and
Ken Martin, long-time Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) pastor in the U.S.
The bio of Robert Clement, pastor of Church of the Beloved Disciple in New York City in the 1970s, was substantially revised.
The Collections Catalog entry for Affirmation (United Methodists) was updated and a finding aid added.
Last month we announced a totally new look for the LGBT-RAN web site. If you have not checked that out yet, take time to do so.  It's much more attractive and easier to navigate.

2.  LGBT-RAN Listed in OCLC

LGBT-RAN is now a catalog record in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)'s WorldCat. WorldCat is the world's largest and most ubiquitous, English-speaking, bibliographic catalog used by libraries throughout the world. Anyone doing a search on any of the following index terms will find LGBT-RAN as a resource:

Sexual minorities -- Religious life -- History.
Sexual minority religious leaders -- Biography.
Sexual minorities -- Religious life -- Archival resources.
Sexual minority religious leaders -- Archives.
Homosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Archival resources.
Bisexuality -- Religious aspects -- Archival resources.
Transsexualism -- Religious aspects -- Archival resources.

LGBT-RAN's OCLC record number is 85460085.  Thanks to the University of Washington Library for creating the LGBT-RAN entry.

3.  LGBT-RAN & CTS Event on May 3

LGBT-RAN friends are invited to gather on Thursday, May 3rd, at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) to honor  LGBT-RAN's recent accomplishments as well as to present the 2006-07 LGBT Religious History Award to Dr.Kathryn Lofton.  This event will be part of the annual Castaneda Lecture Series at CTS that recognizes LGBT religious scholarship. A reception begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Cloisters at 5757 S. University Avenue in Chicago, followed by presentations in Graham Taylor Hall at 6:00 p.m.  Direct any questions about this event to:

4.  New Giving Link on Web Site

The donation link on the LGBT-RAN web site--which was down for repair for a few weeks--is available again. You can make a one-time gift or set up an automatic monthly gift there through your Paypal account or by using a credit card.  Your gift enables the continued preservation of LGBT religious history.

5.  Ways 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

B. Contact us at 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: 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 at: Click on the "Make A Gift" box in upper left corner of the page. You can send information on individuals, foundations and organizations that might be interested in funding this ground-breaking work to

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