Unitarian Universalist Association. Office of Lesbian and Gay Concerns. Records, 1972-1999
Biographical / Historical
In 1977 the UUA Board of Directors voted to create a new Office of Social Responsibility, which was to bring together all issues of social concern, and which would include the Office of Gay Concerns. Robert P. Wheatly was the associate director of the Office of Social Responsibility, and the new director of the Office of Gay Concerns. Wheatly divided his time between gay concerns and issues of aging.
The OGC later became known as the Office of Lesbian and Gay Concerns (OLGC). In 1985 a Task Force on Social Responsibility was formed which implicitly recommended that the OLGC be eliminated and that the UU Gay Caucus (which at this point was called the Unitarian Universalists for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (UUGLC) staff its own office and that a member of the Department for Social Justice (previously the Department of Social Responsibility) hold a portfolio for lesbian and gay concerns. In response to this, a program called Common Vision was initiated to decide how lesbian and gay issues should be addressed within the denomination. This involved the dissemination of a questionnaire to UUA districts which resulted in a general report which included a number of recommendations. As a result of this process, the OLGC remained intact, and Jay Deacon became director of the office in 1986. Programs like the AIDS Action Working Group were implemented, and in 1989 the Welcoming Congregation program, designed to combat homophobia, was initiated in many UU congregations throughout the country.
In 1996 the Office became known as the UUA Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Concerns (OBGLTC). In 2010 the Office became known as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Ministries, and in 2012 the name was changed to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Ministries.
Series I. Administrative Records, 1972-1999: The records of the Gay Caucus (UUGLC), the records of the Office of Gay Concerns, and regional records from both of these organizations. It also includes the correspondence of OGC directors Arlie Scott, Robert Wheatly, and some of the correspondence of subsequent directors. General UUA records and General Assembly records, especially those pertaining to gay concerns, comprise the rest of this first series.
Series II. Legislation, 1975-1995: These records document the efforts of gay organizations, including UU district organizations, to legislate for the rights of gay minorities.
Series III. Events, Conferences, Workshops, etc., 1975-1994: The records of many conferences and events related to the gay movement, many of which were sponsored by the UUA, such as GALA (Gay and Lesbians Affirmed) which was founded by Robert Wheatly and cosponsored by the OGC and the Ferry Beach Park Association.
Series IV. Denominations, 1987-1996: Records which document the efforts made by various religious denominations to support their gay members.
Series V. Organizations, 1976-1997: The records of various gay and lesbian organizations throughout the country, including UU organizations such as Boston UU Gays and Lesbians (BUUGL) started by Rev. Robert Wheatly.
Series VI. Subject files, 1973-1995: Files on a number of pertinent subjects related to gay concerns, such as education, homophobia, violence against gays, etc. These files consist of newspaper and magazine clippings, reports, and some correspondence.
Series VII. Publications, 1958-1996: This series consists largely of the newsletters of gay organizations from all parts of the United States.
Series VIII. Resources, 1976-1995: Bibliographies, educational materials, worship services, information about audiovisual materials, and other resources for the gay community. Also includes film strip entitled "The Invisible Minority."
- Unitarian Universalist Association. Office of Lesbian and Gay Concerns. Records, 1972-1999: A Finding Aid.
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