Founded in 2001 by Dr.
Robert N. Minor, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies
University of Kansas, Lawrence, The
Fairness Project grew out of over ten years of workshops
Dr. Minor has led for religious, civic, business,
groups regionally and nationwide. It was officially
inaugurated with the publication
of Dr. Minor's first popularly written book, Scared
Straight: Why It's So Hard to
Accept Gay People and Why It's So Hard to Be Human
(St. Louis: HumanityWorks!
2001) which has been receiving laudatory reviews around
the country since and has
been a finalist for a number of literary awards.
The mission of The Fairness Project is simple and multi-faceted:
to promote fair and positive understanding of all human
beings regardless of sexual orientation, sex, gender
identity, nationality, race, ethnicity, age, or abilities,
by educating and advocating for fundamental structural
change and personal healing. We are convinced that all
issues of fairness are related, that all oppressions
are connected, and that all discrimination must end
so that every human being can live and flourish as a
full human being. Dr. Minor continues to be a popular
teacher, speaker, workshop leader, and writer on issues
of sexual orientation, gender, and active change.
As a project, not an new organization,
people from all over the country and in other parts
of the world have joined
The Fairness Project to bring the insights and tools
it offers to further inspire their own lives, leadership,
organizations, and movements.
A national resource for information on gender issues
and gay/straight relationships for organizations,
businesses, educational institutions, and media outlets
such as NBC and USA Today, Robert N. Minor,
Ph.D. has been speaking, consulting, and leading workshops
for twenty years.
He is Professor
Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University
where he taught for thirty-three years and was
the chair of the Religious Studies Department for six.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he received the Ph.D.
in Religion from the University of Iowa in 1975 and
an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity International
University in Chicago.
He is the author of eight books.
His first five were scholarly writings on his first
specialty, religious thought and practice in South
Asia and their relationships to culture. His current
research is on gender studies and the relationships
of religion, gender, and sexuality. At the University
of Kansas one of his popular courses is "Religious
Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality."
newest book, When
Religion is an Addiction was published
by HumanityWorks! in
St. Louis. Previously he wrote Gay
and Healthy in a Sick Society: The Minor Details published
by HumanityWorks! in
November, 2003, which was a Finalist for the Independent
Publisher Book Award in 2004, and was named in national
reviews as one of the best gay books of 2003. His
Scared Straight: Why It's So Hard
to Accept Gay People and Why It's So Hard to Be Human,
also published by HumanityWorks! in
2002 was named a Finalist for both a Lambda Literary
Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award. In
little more than a month from their publication, Menstuff.org,
the premier men's issues website, named each of them
"Book of the Week."
Dr. Minor also writes articles including two popular
columns — one a monthly column of analysis and
opinion entitled "Minor
Details" on issues affecting the progressive
and gay communities which is printed nationally in
on-line and print publications around the country;
the second, "Romance and Dating," a
column for Baby Boomers on dating, romance,
and relationships for the popular website, 50PlusPrime.com.
He is the parent of a grown son and
the grandparent of a three-year-old grandson. In
1994 he was a member of the Values Panel for the
Kansas City Star (the daily newspaper for
Kansas City) for its award-winning "Raising Kansas
He was a member of the Communities Against Hate Crimes
Task Force of the U.S. Attorney for the District of
Kansas and the Diversity Advisory Committee of KCPT,
the public television
station for Kansas City, MO. He has served on other
boards and task forces, such as the Advisory Board
of the nationally acclaimed Center
for Religious Experience and Study of Kansas City,
and the LGBT Task Force of the American
Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri,
and currently the
Statewide Executive Board of Missouri
Jobs with Justice, and the Workers' RIghts Board
City Jobs with Justice as its Chair.
He is past president of the boards of directors of
& Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City, and
Campus Ministries of the University of Kansas,
and is currently a member of the Board of Directors
of the American
Men's Studies Association.
"Bob" leads workshops on gender roles, homophobia,
and racism for universities, colleges, churches, businesses,
government organizations, and community and religious
groups throughout the US as well as workshops for
non-heterosexuals on personal growth beyond "coming
how to be a healthy activist. He is a regular conference
presenter for the NGLTF's "Creating Change "
Conference, and for PFLAG, locally, regionally, and
nationally. He worked closely with the Gay
and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in its
Kansas City "Communities of Faith" projects.
awarded him its Leadership Award for Education and
in 2012 the University of Kansas named him one of the