Ryan Anderson was grew up in Caribou, ME as a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church, but also knowing from a young age that he was gay. He moved to Portland to attend the University of Southern Maine and began to question his faith. Following an illness and subsequent diagnosis with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, Anderson resumed his faith journey and eventually joined the Episcopal Church. He became a member of St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, ME and later began the GLBT Fellowship group there. In this interview, Anderson describes his personal faith journey, the beginnings of that group, and discusses the role of gays and lesbians in the Christian community. The interviewer and Anderson also engage in theological discussion about the intersection of gay identity and religious belief.
University of Southern Maine
LGBT, Christianity, Roman Catholic, Episcopal, St. Luke’s Cathedral, Portland, ME, Aroostook County, University of Southern Maine
Solomon, Howard, "Anderson, Ryan" (2006). USM Lesbian and Gay Oral History Project. 18.
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