A living history of ministry for the LGBTQ+ community

Over the coming weeks, intern Sara Yoe will be taking readers on a journey through the archives of the Diocese of California. Specifically, they will chronicle DioCal’s unique involvement and support of the LGBTQ+ community. From the founding of The Parsonage in 1981 to a youth immersion trip to the Castro last summer, this diocese has been on the forefront of LGBTQ+ inclusion both in the church and the secular world. Throughout the series, Sara will use the terms of the time referenced to refer to the LGBTQ+ community. Where this story begins in the 1980s, "gay and lesbian" was commonly how non-heterosexual identities were referred to, with occasional mention of bisexual people. "Transsexual" or "transvestite" were common terms used to describe people who now use the word "transgender" or have other gender non-conforming identities.

The title of each article below is hyperlinked to the full article.



Part 1: Full and equal claim






Part 2: From fear to friendship




Part 3: Outreach, organizing, and becoming official




Part 4: Persistent love is Christian love




Part 5: The intersection of God’s work





Part 6: Learning and leading, near and far






Part 7: Not cured, but healed





Part 8: Allies in feminism and hope in grief







Part 9: By word and deed, marching forwards








Part 10: Reimagine, reorganize, and rebuild







Part 11: Candle-lit hope




Part 12: Winding down, taking time, and beginning anew




Part 13: Hitting the ground running, an Oasis/CA story




Part 14: Becoming an oasis in change and turmoil





Part 15: Y2K and two new letters







Part 16: DioCal as a leader in the national church










Part 17: Change, witness, and the next generation







Final thoughts and reflections from the author