Lesbian Catholics Together Records
Span Dates: 1986-1992
Volume: .4 lf
Collection consists of promotional and outreach materials for Lesbian Catholics Together (LCT) as well as liturgical and service documentation. Also included are newsletters from the Catholic Conference for Lesbians as well as some materials from Dignity, the organization from which LCT formed.
Lesbian Catholics Together is a group that was formed out of Dignity USA. Dignity USA began in 1969 as an extension of Father Patrick Nidorf's work. It began as a word of mouth, in home, membership based ministry organization that has grown into a national educational, religious, social and political organization striving to work from within the church to change official policy and opinion. Lesbian Catholics Together began informally in the summer of 1986 when a small number of longtime Dignity members started to hold women-only liturgies and services, attempting to ameliorate the low attendance of women at Dignity functions. In the beginning, the goal remained to expand the community of Dignity, introducing women to its services. In 1987, direct association with Dignity ended and Lesbian Catholics Together (LCT) became its own organization. Informally organized, it relied on individual member contributions and volunteer support. With the purpose of " ... providing a safe and accepting atmosphere in which to socialize, worship and share spiritual journies [sic]", LCT provided monthly liturgies and paraliturgies as well as retreats, monthly support groups, collaborations with other Catholic organizations and gay and lesbian organizations. In their fourth year, LCT became affiliated with the Conference of Catholic Lesbians.
A finding aid is hosted at the Online Archives of California (OAC).
The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive at UCLA is an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW), and the UCLA Library . The collection is stored off-site; call in advance to view the records.
University of California, Los Angeles - Charles E. Young Research Library
California | Dignity | Catholic (Roman) | Conference of Catholic Lesbians