White Crane Institute

What is 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, and spiritual 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 have included: the quarterly publication of the award-winning White Crane, White Crane Books: Books of Gay Wisdom and Culture, the Gay Men’s Leadership Academy, the online Gay Wisdom Daily Digest, 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 was distributed in twenty-three 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.

White Crane Institute Board of Directors

Bo Young       William J. Foote     Beverley O’Donnell

White Crane Institute Advisory Board

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

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

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

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

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

Beverley O’Donnell
New York, New York

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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