After completing his doctoral studies at Union Seminary in New York City, Marvin Ellison began teaching ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary in 1981. He came out as a gay man in the mid-1980s and in the early 1990s moved to Portland to work at the Seminary’s campus there. In this interview, Ellison discusses the struggles of the LGBT community in Bangor, particularly around the murder of Charlie Howard in 1984, his experience as an out gay seminarian, and his social justice work. He also discusses the contributions of LGBT people to religion.
University of Southern Maine
LGBT, Bangor Theological Seminary, Christianity, ethics, Bangor, ME, Portland, ME, United Church of Christ, Congregationalist, Charlie Howard, Beverly Harrison, Christian Civic League, Bill Johnson, social justice
Solomon, Howard, "Ellison, Marvin" (2006). USM Lesbian and Gay Oral History Project. 15.
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