Profiles Gallery

Identifying leaders in religious movements for justice for LGBT persons.

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Ray Bagnuolo

Ray Bagnuolo was born in November of 1951 and grew up in the Bronx, New York, within an Italian-Irish family and not surprisingly, as a Roman Catholic. He attended Roman Catholic schools until his junior year in...   Read More

Rev, Mary Elyn Bahlert

Mary Elyn Bahlert was born in 1949 and grew up in an unchurched family in Wisconsin. Her family was politically active; her father was in the labor union movement. She was taught from a young age that she...   Read More

Jim Bailey

Jim Bailey is founder of Second Stone, a pioneering national newspaper for LGBT Christians which began publication in 1988. He served as editor and publisher until 1998.    Bailey was born in 1954...   Read More

Rev. BobbieJean Baker

BobbieJean Baker was born on March 20, 1964 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was raised in a Baptist environment, but faced many challenges in her early years.  She moved to San Francisco in 1992 where she indulged...   Read More

Jeanne Barnett

Velma Jeanne Barnett was born on May 28, 1930, into a longtime Methodist family in Waynoka, Oklahoma. She was vice-president of her high school Methodist Youth Fellowship and led the Sunday evening worship and...   Read More

Rev. Ellen Barrett

The Rev. Ellen M. Barrett, an Episcopal priest and monastic, was the first openly gay person and one of the earliest women to be ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. She was born on February 10, 1946 in Lawrence,...   Read More

Ruth Barrett

Ruth Barrett was born in 1954 in Los Angeles to a devout Jewish family deeply involved in the founding of the Reconstructionist movement in Judaism. This creative religious environment launched Ruth in her...   Read More

Bob Barzan

Robert Barzan, writer, publisher, activist, and founder of White Crane Press and White Crane Newsletter, the first journal devoted exclusively to exploring gay men's spirituality, was born in 1952 in...   Read More

Tom Baynham

The Rev. Tom Baynham is a native of Richmond, Virginia and has served as the Director of Worship Arts and Event Planning at the Grace United Methodist Church in Saint Louis since July 2017.  He holds the...   Read More

Archbishop Carl Bean

Carl Bean was born in May 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland to Arleen Hunter and Calvin Bean.  They were young teenagers who were not married when Carl was born, so young Carl lived with his mom and her extended...   Read More

Kathy Bean

Kathy Bean is a candidate for ordination as deacon, and future priest with the Roman Catholic Women Priests, U.S.A. Prior to this, Kathy worked as a nurse in various cities serving Indian and Native American...   Read More

Dr. Evelyn Torton Beck

Evelyn Torton Beck, Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland, holds Ph.D.s in both Comparative Literature (University of Wisconsin, 1969) and Clinical Psychology (The...   Read More

Peg Beissert

Peg Beissert was born as Marguerite R. Beissert on August 1, 1914 in New Jersey. She was an only child. Her mother and father taught her to be a strong, independently-minded woman, which was a rarity in those...   Read More

Jay Bell

Jay Bell was born on September 4, 1948, in the small town of Trona, California, in the Mojave Desert, to a Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) family. After graduating from high school, Jay served an LDS mission that...   Read More

Avery Belyeu

Avery Belyeu, a lover of beloved community and brave spaces, is a trans-femme and queer educator, activist, and student pastor and theologian. A native of St. Augustine, Florida she was born and raised as one of...   Read More

Rabbi Allen Bennett

Rabbi Allen Bennett was born Allen Blumenstein in 1946 in Akron, Ohio. Shortly thereafter his father legally changed the family name to Bennett. From a young age, Allen was identified by his peers as a prospective...   Read More

Rabbi Leila Gal Berner

Rabbi Leila Gal Berner was born in San Francisco in 1950. Raised in a Labor Zionist household, Berner understood the need to support the people and the State of Israel and immigrated to Israel in 1967, on the eve...   Read More

Rev. Larry Bernier

Laurence Gerald Bernier was born October 7, 1947 in Danielson Connecticut, and raised in a poor family with two siblings. He was a member of St. James Parish (Roman Catholic). He was slightly mischievous in his...   Read More

Rev. Delores Berry

The Rev. Delores Berry answered her call to ministry at the age of 19. She is a former Christian Methodist Episcopal Minister (CME). She began her ministry at the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community...   Read More

Selisse Berry

Selisse Berry was born in 1956 and grew up in a progressive Presbyterian church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Her father taught high school and later became a director for statewide vocational education, giving...   Read More

Roy Birchard

Roy Birchard was born in July, 1943, in Middlebury, Vermont, to Adrian Birchard and Winifred Killoran.  He graduated from Berea College in Kentucky in 1965 with an English major and earned a B.D. (M.Div.)...   Read More

Andrew Blair

Andrew James Blair was born Anne Bennett on 20th January 1954 and is a female to male transsexual. Andrew is a Life Professed Franciscan in the Ecumenical Franciscan Order, and Deacon actively involved in a parish...   Read More

Rabbi Lionel Blue

Rabbi Lionel Blue was born in the East End of London on 6 February, 1930, the only son of a master tailor. Blue was discharged from the army after a nervous breakdown brought on by anxiety over his homosexuality....   Read More

Mary V. Borhek

Mary V. Borhek was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on April 26, 1922, the daughter of Henry Theodore and Maria Wilhelm Killough Borhek. She grew up in Bethlehem and attended Moravian Preparatory School,...   Read More

Holly Boswell

Holly Boswell (formerly Thom) was born in November, 1950 and studied English literature and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. Boswell graduated as a Senior Scholar in 1972 and...   Read More

Dr. John Boswell

John Eastburn Boswell (1947-1994) ranks as one of the most significant scholars in gay and lesbian studies. His career as an historian at Yale University spanned 20 years and he profoundly influenced a generation...   Read More

Mark Bowman

Mark Bowman, co-founder and long-time leader of the Reconciling Congregation Program (now Reconciling Ministries Network) in the United Methodist Church, was born in December 1951, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He...   Read More

Rev. Canon Malcolm Boyd

The Rev. Canon Malcolm Boyd was born in Manhattan in 1923. He worked in the motion picture industry and became a partner of film pioneer Mary Pickford in PRD, Inc., a production firm. He also served as president...   Read More

Wayne Bradley

Wayne Bradley was born on August 7, 1949 on the South Side of Chicago to Herbert and Josephine (Messerschmidt) Bradley.  An older sister, Lola, died a few hours after she was born on Pearl Harbor Day.  A...   Read More

Rev. Gerry Brague

Gerry Brague likes to say that he grew up Methodist, became a Presbyterian and as a Presbyterian attended a United Church of Christ/American Baptist seminary so that he could be ordained by the Disciples of...   Read More

Perry Brass

Born in 1947 in Savannah, Georgia, Perry Brass grew up in the 1950s and 60s in equal parts Southern, Jewish, economically impoverished, and very much gay. To escape the South’s violent homophobia, he...   Read More

Rev. Paul Breton

Joseph Eugene Paul Breton was born in December 1940 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was baptized Roman Catholic at the Parish Church of St. Jean Batiste. He was raised in Hartford, Connecticut, where he attended...   Read More

Sam Brinton

Sam Brinton received a dual Master's degree in engineering systems and nuclear science and engineering from MIT. He is the son of Southern Baptist missionaries and a survivor of a traumatic and torturous...   Read More

Rev. Elder Lillie Brock

Born in L.A.--Lower Alabama, that is--Lillie Brock took the country road to the city, studying psychology and education as an undergraduate and graduate student before devoting herself full time to corporate...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Joanne Carlson Brown

The Rev. Dr. Joanne Carlson Brown is a United Methodist minister currently serving in the Pacific Northwest Conference. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, adopted by loving parents when she was six months...   Read More

Z Budapest

Zsuzsanna Budapest (nee Zsuzsanna Emese Mokcsay) was born in Budapest, Hungary, during a big winter storm on January 30, 1940. Her mother, Masika Szilagyi, was a medium and a practicing witch who supported herself...   Read More

Ian Buist

John (Ian) Latto Farquharson Buist was born on 30 May 1930 in Dundee to Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Powrie Buist RAMC, an Army doctor, and Christian Mary Buist, the first woman president of the Students...   Read More

Pastor Charles Curtiss Burnett-Morrow

Charles Curtiss Burnett-Morrow was born and raised in the Pentecostal movement and received his call to preach the Gospel at the early age of 8.  He received the baptism of the Holy Ghost at a very early age...   Read More

John Burnside

John Burnside was born on November 2, 1916 in Seattle, an only child. He joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 16 and married Edith Sinclair soon after his discharge. He graduated from UCLA where he studied...   Read More

Jim Bussen

James A. "Jim" Bussen spent his formative years in the small towns of downstate Illinois, after which he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double major in philosophy and communication, from...   Read More

Larry Scott Butler

Larry Scott Butler was born in 1943 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, a river valley town in the hills of Western Pennsylvania.  His family had lived in the area for many  generations so Larry grew up with a...   Read More

Kim Byham

Kim Byham, long-time Integrity (Episcopal) leader, was born in 1948 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where he grew up as an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church. After college (Marietta College) and law school...   Read More