CLGS is pleased to announce that, effective 1 July 2020, LGBTQ-RAN (The LGBTQ Religious Archives Network) has become an independent 501(c)3 organization.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, LGBTQ-RAN is an online organization that assists LGBTQ religious leaders and groups in determining how best to preserve their records and papers in appropriate repositories; in addition, the organization provides an electronic information clearinghouse for these archival collections and other historical data about LGBTQ religious history for the use of historians, researchers, and other interested persons.

Originally sponsored by Chicago Theological Seminary, LGBTQ-RAN requested fiscal sponsorship by CLGS in 2008.  “After 12 years of fiscal sponsorship by CLGS, LGBTQ-RAN is ready to move into the next phase of its growth,” remarked Bernie Schlager, Executive Director of CLGS.  “We wish Mark Bowman, RAN’s Executive Director since its founding, and the organization’s newly-formed board the very best!”