The Rev. Richard Lee Nash (August 5, 1935 - August 30, 1997) was a founder of
the Unitarian Universalist Gay Caucus (now called Interweave) at the General
Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association held in Washington, D.C., in
June of 1971. He became its first coordinator and edited the first several
newsletters of the organization. The Assembly had passed a resolution in support
of gay and bisexual rights in June of 1970. He and others developed the idea of
an office within the structure of the denomination to work on turning around
homophobia within and without the UUA and drafted a resolution to establish it.
Others led the drive to establish it in 1973 and to fund it in 1974. Its first
director was Arlie Scott, a high level leader in the National Organization for
Women during the 1970s.
Dick Nash received his ministerial training at Meadville/Lombard Theological
School in Chicago and was graduated in 1961. He served churches in the Chicago
and Denver areas and was Director of Community Services for the Unitarian
Universalist Service Committee in 1969 and 1970. In the mid-'70s be began
serving the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community in various secular
positions in the Los Angeles area until retirement.
(This biographical statement was provided by Frank
Biography Date: December, 2002
Unitarian Universalist | Interweave | Clergy Activist
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