Ernest (l) & Louie (r) at civil marriage, 8/22/13
December 9, 1936|
|Alma mater||Baylor University, Auburn University, University of Alabama|
|Occupation||Writer; emeritus professor; church politician|
|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.
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). 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.
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.
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. 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"
Louie Crew married Ernest Clay on February 2, 1974, 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. 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.
Queer Poet and Writer
Editors have published more than 2,638 of Crew's manuscripts, including his most recent book Letters from Samaria: The Prose & Poetry of Louie Crew Clay edited by Max Niedzwiecki (Morehouse, New York, 2015) plus 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)  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.
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 received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Episcopal Divinity School in 1999 and from General Theological Seminary in 2003, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2004.
- He has been a Fellow for the National Endowment for the Humanities three times: University of California, Berkeley 1974, University of Texas at Austin 1977, and University of Chicago, 1981.
- He has been a poet in residence at Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico (1963) and at Ragdale (1988)
- Episcopal Divinity School established scholarship under his name.
- He was the recipient of the Bishop's Cross from the Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, Diocese of Newark, in 2000.
- "LGBT Religious Archives Network". Lgbtran.org. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "Southern Exposure 11.3 (May/June 1983): 57". Andromeda.rutgers.edu. 1996-02-14. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "IntegrityUSA.org". IntegrityUSA.org. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "Los Angeles Times, October 8, 2003". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 2003-10-08. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Louie Clay. "The Anglican Pages of Louie Crew". Newark.rutgers.edu. Archived from the original on 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "Meg Anderson Wagner's video "Dr. Louie Crew: The Episcopal Church"". Youtube.com. 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "Two Grooms". Andromeda.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "Not That Kind of Christian". Ntkoc.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "A complete list of Crew's publications". Rci.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- "Crew reading his own poems on Youtube". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05.