2013 – two significant anniversaries for LGBT Quakers

Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1963In 2013 it will be the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Towards a Quaker View of Sex” and the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Friends Homosexual Fellowship, our predecessor organisation. QLGF’s committee, meeting yesterday, plans to mark this historic year.

First, we will encourage the membership to revisit and remember what FHF and QLGF were set up to do. Then we will go on to review together what we are doing now, and, most importantly, to think about what we should do next.

The context has changed so much since 1973 – do we still need QLGF, and, if we do, what should be the focus? We will begin by consulting our membership, by email, snail mail, through our Newsletter, and at our next Gathering (October 20, Lancaster).

But we hope to widen the consultation after that, and then in 2013… well, what we do will depend on the responses we get!

Let us know your views, and help us to celebrate in 2013!

4 thoughts on “2013 – two significant anniversaries for LGBT Quakers

  1. Mitchell Santine Gould

    Friends, I bring you greetings from American Quakers and their allies at LGBT-Religious Archives Network. Last year, I contributed some funding for historians, archivists, and people of faith to begin to assess the long, mysterious historical intersections between Quakers and same-sex love. We found consensus to begin our mission with an analysis of the impact of Towards a Quaker View of Sex, and in order to expedite things in anticipation of its 50th anniversary, I have digitized the entire document for the web, at the address given above. A 2-hour interview with Keith Wedmore was also scheduled for the weekend of June 16-17th. Though you are far away, the magic of the Internet would make it possible for us to work together. We cordially invite you to join us–or to let us join you! Ciao

    1. rcmitchell

      Wonderful, Mitchell!

      Would you have a problem if we adapted this document, with suitable acknowledgements of course, and made it directly available from our site?

      1. Mitchell Santine Gould

        If you want to copy the content to your site, this would be fine with me; but note that it will probably ultimately reside at LGBT-RAN as well. More to point, we might ask whether Web visitors really care who is literally hosting the content. Should you decide that you want to host a copy, I can provide you with a ZIP to make the acquisition vastly easier; please contact me via e-mail. And there is an easy way for you to make an early contribution to the project–you could proof-read the OCR text. The character recognition is generally quite good, but much of the italic/bold formatting was lost on the way to HTML, etc. Cheerio

  2. Gill Post author

    We seem to have lost the link from Mitchell’s post to the digitised copy of Towards a Quaker View of Sex – here it is: http://leavesofgrass.org/vos/frontcover.html.
    Thanks, Mitchell, we hope to keep in touch – we are just starting to plan how to mark the anniversary. Gill Coffin, Clerk to QLGF.

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