What is White Crane & White Crane Institute?

White Crane Institute promotes the development of healthy Gay men and healthy Gay community.

White Crane Institute's goal is to foster the gathering and dissemination of information about the critical role sexuality and gender variation has played and continues to play in the development of cultural, spiritual and religious traditions and to provide a nurturing environment for the continuation and expansion of those explorations for the greater good of all society.

White Crane Institute projects include: the quarterly publication White Crane, White Crane Books: Books of Gay Wisdom and Culture, the Gay Men's Leadership Academy, the online GayWisdom.com Daily D igest, sponsorship of documentary film projects that explore Gay culture and wisdom, the biennial James White Poetry Prize, the OutWrite Authors Series and the Split This Rock poetry series in Washington D.C., the Queer Spirit Project in Salt Lake City, Utah and sponsorship of cultural content for LGBT community centers around the country. White Crane Journal is distributed in 23 countries.

Evolutionary theory demonstrates that nothing endures in Nature that doesn't provide some form of adaptive behavior for the good of Nature as a whole. There is ample historical, scientific and anthropological evidence to demonstrate that same-sex oriented people have been and are, critical components in the development of healthy, integrated societies concerned with deeper values and spiritual community.

To demonstrate the essential, unique gifts that the often marginalized GLBT community plays in the spiritual development of humankind, White Crane Institute seeks to reclaim, through self reflection, scholarly study, and research, the traditional and natural role of GLBT people in the evolution of contemporary society.

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White Crane Institute Advisory Board

Larry Auld
Development consultant; former Executive Director, Life Bridge Foundation
New York, New York

Bob Barzan
Founder of White Crane Newsletter and White Crane Press; Founder, Modesto Art Museum
Modesto, California

Bill Blackburn
Community building specialist, HIV prevention consultant, and student of evolutionary consciousness.
Sonoma County, California

The Rev. Canon Malcolm Boyd
Minister, activist, spoken-word artist, and author of over 30 books including Are You Running With Me Jesus: The Prayers of Malcolm Boyd; In Times Like These: How We Pray; Amazing Grace: Stories of Lesbian and Gay Faith, and Look Back in Joy: A Celebration of Gay Lovers.
Los Angeles, California

Dr. Bill Bradley
Halifax, Nova Scotia

John Burnside
Author; inventor; facilitator; Life partner of Harry Hay; originator of Radical Faerie Movement
San Francisco, California

David Carter
Historian; Author, Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution, Editor, Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews with Allen Ginsberg, 1958-1996
Brooklyn, New York

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng
MCC Minister; theologian; attorney; Founder, Queer Asian Spirit
New York, New York

Robert Croonquist
Founder, Youth Arts New York; Educator
New York, New York

Kip Dollar
Founder, Liberty Books; artist; activist
San Antonio, Texas

Sandy Dubowski
Documentary cinematographer, Trembling Before G-d
New York, New York

Murray Edelman Ph.D
Statistician; psychologist; originator of Radical Faerie Movement
New York, New York

Donald Engstrom
Founder, RFD Magazine; Reclaiming Elder
Minneapolis, Minnesota

David Frechter
Founder, Gay Spirit Journeys
Asheville, North Carolina

Clyde M. Hall
Shoshone two spirit and medicine elder; Tribal Magistrate; Founder Naraya Preservation Foundation
Fort Hall, Idaho

Daniel Helminiak Ph.D
Professor; theologian; author, What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality, Spiritual Development: An Interdisciplinary Study, and The Human Core Of Spirituality: Mind As Psyche And Spirit.
Atlanta, Georgia

Mark Horn
Advertising and public relations consultant
New York, New York

Fenton Johnson
Journalist; Professor; Lambda Literary Winner; Award winning author, Keeping Faith: A Skepticís Journey, Geography of the Mind.
Tucson, Arizona

Toby Johnson Ph.D
Former publisher White Crane Journal; Lambda Literary Winner, Award winning author, Gay Perspective: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us About the Nature of God and the Universe, Gay Spirituality: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness; Getting Life in Perspective.
San Antonio, Texas

Don Kilhefner
Gay rights pioneer, therapist, and psychologist. Founder of Gay Menís Medicine Circle, co-founder of the Los Angeles Gay Community Services Center (1971) and Radical Faeries (1979)
Los Angeles, California

Joe Kort MA, MSW
Psychotherapist, author, Ten Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives
Royal Oak, Michigan

Joseph Kramer Ph.D
Educator; Founder: Body Electric; Founder, EroSpirit Institute - The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.
Oakland, California

Charles Lawrence
Therapist; Consultant
New York; New York

Peter Montgomery
Vice President of Communications, People for the American Way
Washington, District of Columbia

Bernard Morin
Peterborough, Ontario

Beverley OíDonnell
New York, New York

Ken Page
Therapist; Retreat leader, Rowe Camp LGBT Gathering
New York, New York

Michael Picucci
Psychologist; Founder, Institute for Authentic Healing Process
New York, New York

Peter Savastano, Ph.D
Anthropologist, Seton Hall University
South Orange, New Jersey

Ken Smith Ph.D
Economist, Population Dynamics
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John Stasio
Teacher; Facilitator; Founder, Easton Mountain Retreat
Greenwich, New York

Mark Thompson
Author, editor and activist. Former senior editor of The Advocate. Author of Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning (White Crane/Lethe Press), Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature (Harper San Francisco), Gay Body: A Journey Through Shadow To Self (St. Martin's), Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay & Lesbian Movement and Leatherfolk: Leatherfolk: Radical Sex, People, Politics, and Practice.
Los Angeles, California

Phil Willkie
Founder and Publisher of The James White Review 1983-1998.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Paul Wirhun
Artist; Reiki Master
Brooklyn, New York

Dan Vera
Poet and Writer. Managing Editor, White Crane; Founder, White Crane Institute; former Field Director, Reconciling Ministries Network (United Methodist Church); former Founder and Director, United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church (UMC)
Washington, District of Columbia

Bo Young
Publisher & Editorial Director, White Crane; Founder, White Crane Institute; public relations/development consultant; author, First Touch.
Brooklyn, New York

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