Wallace D. Best, Ph.D. Receives 2022-23 Virginia Ramey Mollenkott Award for his paper "Everybody Knew He Was 'That Way:' Chicago's Clarence H. Cobbs, American Religion and Sexuality During the Post World War II Period."

Jan. 23, 2023

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott Award

To encourage and support original research and study of LGBTQ religious history, LGBTQ-RAN offers an annual award for papers, the Virginia Ramey Mollenkott Award. Initiated in 2005, this award honors outstanding scholarship in LGBTQ religious history from among an array of academic papers submitted. The Virginia Ramey Mollenkott Award is the only award offered in this academic arena.

This award was named for Virginia Ramey Mollenkott in 2022 in collaboration with Virginia’s friends and colleagues who generously established a memorial fund to underwrite this award. Dr. Mollenkott had a profound impact upon the lives of countless LGBTQ persons and their families and friends during her four decades of courageous witness and advocacy. It is fitting that Virginia’s legacy will support the endeavors of young queer scholars in religion for years to come.

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