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Queering Our Roots Launch Party

On Sunday October 3, 2021, LGBTQ-RAN hosted the Launch Party for our 20th anniversary campaign. The online gathering kicked off our Queering Our Roots campaign in which we honored five elders of LGBTQ religious movements in intergenerational dialogues as well as highlighted the rich history LGBTQ-RAN has collected over the past twenty years.

The Launch party featured:

  • Brief reflections from long-time LGBTQ-RAN team members Mark Bowman, Carl Foote and Doris Malkmus—as well as some other early advisors—about how LGBTQ-RAN got started.
  • Review of the Queering Our Roots campaign and ways you can be involved in this five-week celebration.
  • Initiation of challenge to raise $20,000 to plant seeds for LGBTQ-RAN's future (which will be matched by an anonymous donor). 
  • Peer Interest Groups in which persons met up with colleagues and friends from different streams of LGBTQ religious movements.

Peer Interest Groups included;
Catholics hosted by Marianne Duddy-Burke & Bernie Schlager
GENDERational Musings hosted by Barbara Satin
Historians hosted by Monique Moultrie & Joanne Carlson Brown
HIV/AIDS Activists with Ted Karpf
Jewish Activists hosted by Lisa Edwards
Lesbian Clergy hosted by Nancy Wilson
Unitarian Universalists hosted by Hal Reed
Writers hosted by A. Elias Ramer & Lynne Reynolds

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