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Queering Our Roots Gala Celebration

LGBTQ-RAN wrapped up its month-long Queering Our Roots 20th anniversary celebration with a closing Gala gathering on Sunday, November 7th.

At this Gala gathering we: 

  • Honored five elders of LGBTQ+ religious movements--Rev. Dr. Janie Spahr, Rev. Jonathon Thunderword, Evelyn Torton Beck, Ph.D., Archbishop Carl Bean (posthumously) and Rev. Troy Perry--for their courageous leadership over several decades.  Participants had a chance to meet/greet these elders in a social time following the Gala.
  • Watched a dramatic account of how LGBTQ-RAN got started 20 years ago with stories from Mark Bowman, Carl Foote, Doris Malkmus, Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D. and Rebecca Alpert Ph.D.
  • Learned more about the important role that LGBTQ archives play in preserving our history.
  • Heard the Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer, transgender bishop in the ELCA, envision future possibilities for LGBTQ-RAN.
  • Engaged in small-group conversation with other LGBTQ-RAN friends. 
  • Celebrated our generosity in giving $20,000 to plant seeds for LGBTQ-RAN's future.   

Enjoy this video of this November 7th Gala gathering to celebrate all that LGBTQ-RAN has accomplished over the past 20 years and to look toward the future.

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