Professor Emeritus at Rutgers; Writer; LGBTQ Activist
Louie Clay (né Louie Crew) has inspired the movement for LGBT acceptance since 1974 when he founded Integrity, a national organization focused on The Episcopal Church, and began to write prolifically and controversially about justice and religion. He is professor emeritus of English at Rutgers University, holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Alabama,and has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Episcopal Divinity School, General Theological Seminary, and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In 2015 he was awarded the House of Deputies Medal for distinguished, creative, courageous, persistent, and prophet service and witness to The Episcopal Church. He is the author of five volumes of poetry and hundreds of essays, and recently published a collection entitled Letters from Samaria (Morehouse Publishing) which gathers together much of his best and most influential poetry and prose. A native of Anniston, Alabama, he lives in East Orange, New Jersey with Ernest Clay, his husband for 43 years.