Intern's Research Project Inspires LGBTQ+ History Event at Grace Cathedral

Posted on June 13, 2017

On Thursday, June 15, the Episcopal Diocese of California will host a special Pride Evensong at Grace Cathedral, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Just following this choral service, sung by the Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys, a panel of clergy and lay people will talk about the early struggles for equality and dignity in the Diocese of California, the response to the AIDS epidemic, and the diocese's role as a national leader on LGBTQ+ religious issues, including ordinations and same-sex marriage.

One of the panelists is Sara Yoe, an intern at the Diocese of California who has spent the last several months digging through the diocesan archives and conducting interviews for an online LGBTQ+ history project. Sara's work pieces together the important, yet largely untold, history of ministry for the LGBTQ+ community that the Diocese of California has been doing for nearly forty years.

Initially given this task as another to-do list item, this project (made up of 18 installments) quickly grew to consume the majority of Sara’s internship. The project has received many accolades and messages of thanks from clergy and parishioners around the Bay Area and beyond. Now, the diocese is celebrating the history contained in Sara's work with a Pride Evensong, a panel discussion in the cathedral nave, and a festive post-panel reception in the cathedral dining room. Adjacent to the dining room, memorabilia, photos, and other documents will be on display in the library. 

About the event, Sara says "I am very excited to share in conversation with other leaders from around the Diocese of California about the important ministry that’s been done, is currently being done, and what should be done next. Doing this research has educated and inspired me in ways I never dreamed of, and I hope that this Thursday evening’s events can do the same for others!"


Schedule for Thursday, June 15: 

5:15 p.m. Evensong (Grace Cathedral nave)
6:00 p.m. LGBTQ+ History Panel (Grace Cathedral nave)
7:00 p.m. Reception (Grace Cathedral dining room and library)

Find more event details on the Facebook event page.