National LGBT Task Force, National Religious Leadership Roundtable Collection

Span Dates: 1973-2017
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 280.5 cubic feet


This large collection includes a small but interesting subset of organizational records, videos, and subject files on religion and LGBTQ issues from 1971 to 2005. It includes organizational records for the Shower of Stoles project (1997-2008) and Witness our Welcome 2000 and 2003 (including video recordings of preaching and plenary session speakers. Records of the NGLTF Policy Institute, and the National Religious Leadership Roundtable, 1999-2001. The Policy Institute records includes their analysis of the role of organized religion on gay and lesbian Americans (1998). The files of NLGTF Director Urivashi Vaid include struggles in the mainline denominations in the 1990s. Files on NGLTF anti-violence efforts include many mainline denominations. Subject files are extensive and include a wide range of topics. The finding aid can be searched by keywords "religion," "religious," "faith."

Hist/Bio Note

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) was founded in New York City in 1973 as the National Gay Task Force (NGTF) and quickly became a central force in lesbian and gay movement politics. From its beginnings, the Task Force defined as its primary goal the creation of a society in which lesbians and gay men could live openly and free from violence, bigotry, and discrimination. NGLTF lobbied, organized, educated, and demonstrated. The areas in which the NGLTF concentrated its wide-ranging efforts included employment, military service, psychiatry, feminism, civil rights, anti gay and lesbian violence, media, AIDS, and politics. The National Religious Leadership Roundtable (NRLR), convened by the National LGBTQ Task Force, is an interfaith network of leaders from pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) faith, spiritual and religious organizations. We work in partnership with other groups to promote understanding of and respect for LGBT people within society at large and in communities of faith. We promote understanding and respect within LGBT communities for a variety of faith paths and for religious liberty, and to achieve commonly held goals that promote equality, spirituality and justice. Website found at http://www.welcomingresources.org/nrlr.htm

Finding Aid

An online finding aid is available.


This collection is part of the Human Sexuality Collection in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University Library.


Shower of Stoles Project | AIDS | Witness Our Welcome | National Religious Leadership Roundtable | National Gay & Lesbian Task Force