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Finding Aid for the Lesbian Catholics Together records, 1986-1992
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lesbian Catholics Together records
    Date (inclusive): 1986-1992
    Collection number: 1951
    Creator: Lesbian Catholics Together
    Extent: 1 document box (1 linear ft.)
    Abstract: The group Lesbian Catholics Together was concerned with carving out space for discussion and community specifically geared towards Lesbian Catholics. This collection contains liturgical materials, bulletins and brochures as well as retreat information that reflect their mission.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Provenance unknown. This collection is part of an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) and the UCLA Library.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Stacy Wood, 2011.


    The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive  at UCLA is an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives , the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW)  and the UCLA Library . These collections expand the pool of primary source materials available to researchers and to the community at large. This partnership was initiated by CSW and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to inventory, organize, preserve, and digitize more than eighty Mazer collections pertaining to lesbian and feminist activism and writings.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lesbian Catholics Together records (Collection 1951). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6956723 


    Lesbian Catholics Together is a group that was formed out of Dignity USA. Dignity USA began in 1969 as an extension of Father Patrick Nidorf's work. It began as a word of mouth, in home, membership based ministry organization that has grown into a national educational, religious, social and political organization striving to work from within the church to change official policy and opinion. Lesbian Catholics Together began informally in the summer of 1986 when a small number of longtime Dignity members started to hold women-only liturgies and services, attempting to ameliorate the low attendance of women at Dignity functions. In the beginning, the goal remained to expand the community of Dignity, introducing women to its services. In 1987, direct association with Dignity ended and Lesbian Catholics Together (LCT) became its own organization. Informally organized, it relied on individual member contributions and volunteer support. With the purpose of "providing a safe and accepting atmosphere in which to socialize, worship and share spiritual journies [sic]", LCT provided monthly liturgies and paraliturgies as well as retreats, monthly support groups, collaborations with other Catholic organizations and gay and lesbian organizations. In their fourth year, LCT became affiliated with the Conference of Catholic Lesbians.
    The idea for a national meeting of Catholic Lesbians was first discussed at a retreat for lesbians sponsored by New Ways Ministry in May 1981. Six months later, members from New York City drew up a proposal for a national conference for Catholic Lesbians, held in November 1982 at Kirkridge Center in Bangor, Pennyslvania. Over 100 women participated in that historic gathering, coming from throughout the United States, Canada and Argentina. The catalyst for the conference came from the fact that none of the groups participants belonged to women's, Catholic, or gay–encouraged activities or environments, either social or spiritual, that affirmed this unique identity. Shortly after the Kirkridge conference the organizers met to form the Conference for Catholic Lesbians. The original goal of the organization was to act as a clearinghouse of information and resources for Catholic Lesbians. Over time, this expanded to the formation of local groups, bi-annual national conferences, a quarterly newsletter, regional events and retreats, and participation in a number of Catholic coalitions.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains promotional and outreach materials for Lesbian Catholics Together (LCT) as well as liturgical and service documentation. Also included are newsletters from the Catholic Conference for Lesbians as well as some materials from Dignity, the organization from which LCT formed.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arrangement follows original order of materials.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Lesbian Catholics Together --Archives.
    Conference of Catholic Lesbians.
    Catholic gays --Religious life --Archival resources.
    Lesbians --Pastoral counseling of--Archival resources.

    Related Material

    The Religious Archives Network houses a virtual archive containing predominantly published articles from their newsletter Images from 1986 - 1996. They are in the process of donating their organizational papers to Marquette University. The collection can be accessed through the website of the Religious Archives or through the website of Conference for Catholic Lesbians.