Launched in 2001 by the Chicago Theological Seminary, the LGBT Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) is dedicated to "preserving history and encouraging scholarly study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) religious movements around the world." To meet this goal, LGBT-RAN, which is currently part of the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry in Berkeley, California, has two initiatives. First, the group assists LGBT individuals and groups in identifying how to preserve relevant archival information. Second, the group seeks to provide "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." On this website, visitors can explore short biographies of LGBT religious leaders in the Profiles Gallery and listen to oral history interviews with 45 of these individuals in the Oral History collection. Another highlight of this collection is the Online Exhibitions section, which features digitized archival material that may be of interest to religious studies scholars as well as members of the general public.
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