These exhibitions present artifacts from LGBTQ religious collections in digital format and organized as you might see in a museum or library. Each exhibition includes diverse artifacts, such as photos, articles, correspondence, documents and audio or video clips, that have been found in archives. In its ongoing efforts to make original source materials on LGBTQ religious history widely accessible to students, researchers and other interested persons, LGBTQ-RAN invites collaboration with other groups to create additional exhibitions.
The quarterly magazine Open Hands (originally Manna for the Journey) was published by the Reconciling Congregation Program and other Welcoming Church Programs from 1985 to 2002. Explore its discussion of LGBT religious themes.
In 1963, eleven British Quakers published the first report by a religious body that espoused a positive view of homosexuality. Explore their bold six-year journey and the widespread impact of their study.
The tragic arson fire at the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans killed 32 persons, including many members of the MCC congregation that worshiped that space. Explore the fire and its impact upon the local and national LGBT communities. Recipient of the 2014 Allen Bérubé Prize.
Portrays the formative years (1964-68) of this ground-breaking coalition of clergy and lesbian & gay activists in San Francisco. Created in collaboration with the LGBT Historical Society.
Presents the first ordination of an openly gay person in mainline Protestant Christianity in the U.S.: William R. Johnson ordained by the Golden Gate Association of the United Church of Christ on June 25, 1972.
Explores the early history of the world's largest LGBT synagogue located in New York City. Created in collaboration with Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. (This is exhibition is partially completed.)
Explores the history and life of one of the first LGBT ministries within a church in the United States. (This is exhibition is partially completed.)
Presents pictures and stories of over 1,000 stoles and other liturgical items that comprise the Shower of Stoles Project and that depict the ministries of LGBT persons. Created in collaboration with the Institute of Welcoming Resources.
Shows a dozen early (1964-81) newsletters or articles that document the formation of a diversity of LGBT religious groups or movements.