Since 2008, CLGS has served as fiscal sponsor for the LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBTQ-RAN), which will affiliate with a new 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor in July of 2020. In time, the Network’s Board of Advisors seeks to establish LGBTQ-RAN as an independent non-profit organization.
Founded in 2001 as a program of Chicago Theological Seminary, LGBTQ-RAN is an innovative venture in preserving history and encouraging scholarly study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) religious movements around the world with a two-fold purpose:
- It assists LGBTQ religious leaders and groups in determining how best to preserve their records and papers in appropriate repositories.
- LGBTQ-RAN provides an electronic information clearinghouse for these archival collections and other historical data about LGBT religious history for the use of historians, researchers and other interested persons.
LGBTQ-RAN is a “virtual” archive since it is not a physical repository that collects and preserves papers and records. Instead, the organization serves as a resource center that enables the preservation of history and makes historical information easily accessible through its web site.
Recognizing that history is written from the perspective of those who preserve their records, LGBTQ-RAN’s overarching purpose is to ensure the preservation and accessibility of the voices and experiences of a great diversity of LGBTQ religious leaders and groups.
For more information on LGBTQ-RAN, please visit the organization’s website here.