Scope and Contents
Records of the Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns, 1973-2009. Includes minutes, clerks' correspondence, publication files, financial records, miscellaneous resource files, and conference records. Topics of particular interest include same-sex marriage and the gay rights movement within the Society of Friends.
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Biographical / Historical
Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC) is a North American Quaker faith community. A national Quaker-affiliated group of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and sympathetic others was initially organized as the Committee of Concern in 1971. In 1974 the name was changed to Friends Committee on Gay Concerns. In 1978 the name became Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns. The name was changed to Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns at the Mid-Winter Gathering held February 2003.
FLGBTQC holds twice yearly conferences. The Midwinter Gathering is held over the long weekend surrounding U.S. President's Day in February, and the Summer Gathering is held with the larger Friends General Conference Gathering the first week in July.
The group was started by Ron Mattson, ministering secretary at Minneapolis Meeting, who gathered with other Friends including Larry S. Butler, Gerald Turnbull, Geoffrey Kaiser, D.W. Kaiser, and D.W. Beedle to create a "Committee of Concern." Ron Mattson published the newsletter from 1973-1975. Arthur Gross took over as editor in 1975, and the group was renamed the Friends Committee for Gay Concerns. Bruce Grimes assumed the editorship after 1976. In 1978, the name of the group was broadened to include lesbians, Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (FLGC). In 2003, it formally acknowledged broader inclusion with the name change to Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC). In 1989, the group published Each of Us Inevitable, a compilation of keynote addresses given at FLGC Gatherings, 1977-1989, edited by Robert Leuze. In 2003, an expanded version was published in a book form.