Integrity is a nonprofit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] Episcopalians and our straight friends. Since its founding in Ft.Valley, Georgia in 1974, Integrity has been the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church and our equal access to its rites. However, advocacy is only one facet of Integrity’s ministry. At the national and local levels throughout the country, Integrity’s primary activities are:
5) outreach, and
6) service to the church
Through Integrity's evangelism, thousands of LGBT people, estranged from the Episcopal Church and other denominations, have returned to parish life. Although the Episcopal Church has made tremendous strides toward inclusiveness, it still has a long way to go. Unfortunately, in too many parishes and dioceses, prejudice and oppression are still the norm. Whatever your sexual orientation, Integrity needs your support and membership.
What Is Integrity-
1) a presence at the annual diocesan convention;
2) an educational activity for local parishes;
3) an outreach activity to the local GLBT community (e.g., presence at pride festivals); and
4) a social event.
How can I establish communication with Integrity and Integrity-
Integrity has an extensive web page, located at http://www.integrityusa.org. Its
To contact Integrity-
Thanks be to God.
Mr. Clayton E. Gagne-
Dr. Fred Richter, Co-
Fred retired in 2001 from a 32 year career as a teacher and administrator at Georgia
Southern University. During those years he instigated the founding of the gay student
alliance and the faculty-
Mr. James Israel, Treasurer
Mrs. Sarah Riggle, Secretary
Sarah Riggle has been a life long musician, completing her Bachelors of Music Degree from Valdosta State University in 1972, and her Master’s of Music Degree from Winthrop University in 1976. Mrs. Riggle also retired as a First Sergeant and Army Veteran, having served in various Army Post in the US and Europe as an Army Musician. After struggling for many years with her gender identity, around 2003 Sarah began her transition from male to female. She now lives happily as the woman she knows herself to be.
Mrs. Riggle is currently married to Kay Riggle and has three children from a previous marriage and three grandchildren. Sarah and her wife are currently active guest speakers to various college classes for Sociology and Marriage Therapy as a way to introduce the students to the ‘Trans’ community. Having come to the Episcopal Church in 1994, Mrs. Riggle has served as a Vestry Member and as a delegate to the Georgia’s Episcopal Diocesan Convention. She has been an active member of Integrity Georgia for ten years.
John Clemens, Webmaster