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Louie Crew

Louie Clay (né Louie Crew)
Ernest (l) & Louie (r) at civil marriage, 8/22/13
Born December 9, 1936
Anniston, Alabama

East Orange, NJ

Alma mater Baylor University, Auburn University, University of Alabama
Occupation writer; emeritus professor; church politician
Years active 1959-present
Known for LGBT activism, publications

Erman Louie Clay (né Erman Louie Crew, Jr.) is an American professor emeritus of English at Rutgers University. He is best known for his long and increasingly successful campaign for the acceptance of gay and lesbian people by Christians in general, and the Episcopal Church in particular.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Activism 2
  • Marriage 3
  • Queer Poet and Writer 4
  • Recognition 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Louie Crew was born December 9, 1936, in Anniston, Alabama. He has written about "Growing Up Gay in Dixie"[2]

Crew was graduated from The McCallie School (1954), and received a B.A. from Baylor University (1958) an M.A. from Auburn University (1959) and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama (1971).

Crew has taught at Auburn University, Darlington School, St. Andrew's School (Delaware), Penge Secondary Modern School, London, University of Alabama, Experiment in International Living, Claflin University, Fort Valley State University, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, Beijing International Studies University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Rutgers University.


While teaching at Fort Valley State University, Crew founded IntegrityUSA, a gay-acceptance group within the Episcopal church (1974).[3] With Julia Penelope Crew co-founded the LGBT caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (1975). He served on the board of directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 1976 to 1978. After he moved to Wisconsin, he served on the Wisconsin Governor's Council on Lesbian and Gay Issues in 1983.[1]

When Crew first began working for the inclusion of LGBT people in the Episcopal church, he was widely denounced and dismissed, but today the Episcopal Church has come to agree with many of his views, while some churches and dioceses are strongly opposed.[4]

Crew sat on the Episcopal Church's executive council (2000–2006). He was elected by the Episcopal Diocese of Newark to serve as a deputy to six triennial national General Conventions (1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009)

Crew maintains a comprehensive Web site with information about the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.[5] Professor Ed Rodman at the Episcopal Divinity School says that Crew's first and foremost contribution was that "he brought internet literacy to the church"[6]


Louie Crew married Ernest Clay on February 2, 1974,[7] although at the time their marriage had no legal standing. They married legally on August 22, 2013 and Crew took on his husband's last name.[1] The two are featured together in "Not That Kind of Christian" an 80-minute documentary film by Andrew Grossman, which premiered at the Breckenridge Film Festival in 2007.[8]

Queer Poet and Writer

Editors have published more than 2,300 of Crew's essays and poems, as well as four poetry volumes: Sunspots (Lotus Press, Detroit, 1976) Midnight Lessons (Samisdat, 1987), Lutibelle's Pew (Dragon Disks, 1990), and Queers! for Christ's Sake! (Dragon Disks, 2003) [9] Crew sometimes uses the noms de plume Li Min Hua, Quean Lutibelle, and Dr. Ddungo. YouTube has numerous videos of Crew reading his own poems.[10]

Crew maintains a website popular with other poets, a list over 1,000 publications that welcome electronic submissions of manuscripts.[11]

Crew wrote the first openly lgbt materials ever published by Christianity & Crisis, Change Magazine Chronicle of Higher Education, FOR (Fellowship of Reconciliation), The Living Church and Southern Exposure. With Rictor Norton, Crew co-edited a special issue of College English on "The Homosexual Imagination" (November 1974). He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Homosexuality (1978–83; 1989-2012). He edited the 1978 book The Gay Academic, the book Telling Our Stories and the book 101 Reasons to Be Episcopalian.

Crew's papers are deposited in The Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan



  1. ^ a b c "LGBT Religious Archives Network". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Southern Exposure 11.3 (May/June 1983): 57". 1996-02-14. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Los Angeles Times, October 8, 2003". 2003-10-08. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  5. ^ Louie Clay. "The Anglican Pages of Louie Crew". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  6. ^ """Meg Anderson Wagner's video "Dr. Louie Crew: The Episcopal Church. 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  7. ^ "Two Grooms". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  8. ^ "Not That Kind of Christian". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  9. ^ "A complete list of Crew's publications". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  10. ^ "Crew reading his own poems on Youtube". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  11. ^ Louie Clay. "Publications that welcome electronic submission of poetry". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 

External links

  • Louie Crew's website
  • Louie Crew on Facebook
  • Louie Crew's curriculum vitae
  • Secondary Material about Louie Crew
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