Table of Contents
Also on this website:
SPIRITUALITY: The Role of
Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature
of God and the Universe
MATTER: updated, revised & expanded edition from Lethe Press
with Afterword by Mark Jordan
LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE: A romance novel set in the 1980s and the 1890s.
THE FOURTH QUILL, a
novel about attitudinal healing and the problem of evil
TWO SPIRITS: A Story of Life with the
Navajo, a collaboration with Walter L. Williams
CHARMED LIVES: Spinning Straw into
Gold: Reclaiming Our Queer Spirituality Through Story
A NOVEL ABOUT HEALING.
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Crane Gay Spirituality Series
Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The
Dimensional Structure of
Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San
Simple Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate
Why gay people should NOT Marry
Wedding Cake Liberation
Gay Marriage in Texas
Shame on the American People
The "highest form of love"
Second March on
Bifurcation of Gay Spirituality
cause of homosexuality
origins of homophobia
about Jungian ideas in gay consciousness
What is homosexuality?
is Gay Spirituality?
What Jesus said about Gay
Common Experiences Unique to Gay
The purpose of homosexuality
The Reincarnation of Edward
The Gay Succession
Interview on the Nature of
What the Bible Says about
Mesosexual Ideal for Straight Men
of Gay Spirituality
of Gay Liberation Activity
Why Gay Spirituality: Spirituality
as Artistic Medium
Easton Mountain Retreat Center
Andrew Harvey &
Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and
the "Statement of Spirituality"
"It's Always About You"
The myth of the
Joseph Campbell's description of
Avalokiteshvara at the Baths.
Not A Wave
What is Enlightenment?
What is reincarnation?
How many lifetimes in an ego?
Emptiness & Religious Ideas
Experiencing experiencing experiencing
Going into the Light
Meditations for a Funeral
The way to get to heaven
Buddha's father was right
Advice to Travelers to India
The Danda Nata
& goddess Kalika
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
The Two Loves
Toby Johnson Believes
The Joseph Campbell Connection
Campbell & The Pre/Trans Fallacy
The Nature of Religion
What's true about
Gay is a Blessing
Drawing Long Straws
Gay Spiritual Functions
The subtle workings of the spirit in gay men's lives.
The Sinfulness of
for a study of gay nondualism
"The Evolution of Gay Identity"
"St. John of the
Dark Night of the Soul."
Let Me Tell You a Secret
Religious Articulations of the
The Collective Unconscious
Driving as Spiritual Practice
Step in Evolution
The Moulting of the Holy Ghost
is a Bodhisattva
The Hero's Journey as archetype
Immaculate Conception & Assumption
Prostitution and the Nature of Evil
Hu: "God is present here"
The Life is in the Blood
retirement and the "freelance monastery"
Seeing with Different Eyes
experience at the Servites' Castle in Riverside
Great Dance according to C.S.Lewis
The Techniques Of The World Saviors
Part 1: Brer Rabbit and the
Part 2: The
Part 3: Jesus
and the Resurrection
Part 4: A
Course in Miracles
Secret of the Clear Light
Understanding the Clear Light
Souls Get Reincarnated
In honor of Sir Arthur C Clarke
Karellen was a homosexual
About Alien Abduction
are you looking for in a gay science fiction novel?
about Gay Mental Health
Ideas for gay
Kip and Toby,
and nicknamesake Toby Marotta.
Harry Hay, Founder of the gay movement
About Hay and The New Myth
About Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, the first
man to really "come out"
Michael Talbot, gay mystic
About Fr. Bernard Lynch
About Richard Baltzell
About Guy Mannheimer
About David Weyrauch
About Dennis Paddie
About Ask the Fire
About Arthur Evans
About Christopher Larkin
About Sterling Houston
About Michael Stevens
Our friend Tom Nash
Be Done on Earth
by Howard E. Cook
Pay Me What I'm Worth by
The Way Out by Christopher
The Gay Disciple by John Henson
Art That Dares by Kittredge Cherry
Coming Out, Coming Home by Kennth
the Light by B. Alan Bourgeois
Over Coffee: A conversation For Gay
Partnership & Conservative Faith by D.a. Thompson
Dark Knowledge by
Janet Planet by Eleanor
Kairos by Paul E. Hartman
with Jesus by D.K.Maylor
Kali Rising by Rudolph
Missing Myth by Gilles Herrada
Secret of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook
The Scar Letters: A Novel
by Richard Alther
Future is Queer by Labonte & Schimel
by Charlene Spretnak
Spirituality 101 by Joe Perez
Cut Hand: A
Nineteeth Century Love Story on the American Frontier by Mark Wildyr
by Eleanor Lerman
Rizzoli by Felice Picano
to Unlocking the Closet Door by Chelsea Griffo
The Door of the
Heart by Diana Finfrock Farrar
by David Duncan
and Demion by Mel White
Gay Men and The New Way Forward by Raymond L.
Dimensional Stucture of Consciousness by Samuel Avery
Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love by Perry Brass
Let’s tell each other what a long straw we’ve drawn
in this life because we’re gay.
Specific Suggestions for gay mystic stories:
1) Gay Guardian Angel:
What if extremely macho straight men have
gay guardian angels to "balance their karma"?
What if a priest has a gay guardian angel who appears to him to tell
him to get the Church to change its teachings?
What if the Pope has a gay guardian angel?
2) Gay Uncle Archie:
A favorite aphorism of Toby Johnson's goes:
"Every gay man needs God to be his Auntie Mame."
How about a story about such a gay Auntie Mame -- maybe Uncle Archie?
3) Doors opening:
Some years ago, the positive
thinker/self-healer Louise Hay was popular among many gay men who were
dealing with the first appearance of AIDS, when medicine had nothing to
offer and spiritual wisdom was the only possible response.
One of Louise Hay's aphorisms/chants was a wonderful song that
"Doors opening, door closing. I am safe. It's only change."
There was a movie with Gwyneth Paltrow called Sliding
Doors that used the image of doors as entries to alternative
Every decision we make opens one door and closes another. The
"spiritual lesson" to learn is Hay's "I am safe. It's only change."
How about a story about a door?
The door of a gay bar?
The door of an AIDS hospice?
The door of a gay man's apartment?
The door of the train to New York City?
--all these doors change people's lives. There are stories about them.
Maybe you'd like to write such a story . . .
4) Quantum Theory and The Holographic Universe
One of the cutting edge notions of modern
physics was described by gay science & spirituality writer Michael Talbot in the
the book The Holographic Universe.
5) Gay Pet Story
Talbot proposes that what human persons really are is vorticies of
energy resonating with patterns that are experienced as "the world."
Is there a way to present that vision in a short story?
Cats are dogs are intimate parts of our
lives. How about a story told from the perspective of a gay couple's
pet--cat or dog--about what the couple's life is like? How lucky the
pet is to have gay humans of its very own!
6) Gate of Gay Heaven
7) The Cardinal Comes Out
How about a story about going through the bardo? Or getting to heaven
and meeting St. Peter at the gate? What sort of "test" might there be
for a gay man--or a gay couple who died together in an auto accident,
say--to get through the gate?
How about a gay "Beetlejuice"?
8) The Joys of Having a Gay Son or Daughter
How about a story about the Pope or one of the Cardinals at the Vatican
or the Cardinal Archbishop of New York City who gets divine instruction
to proclaim his homosexuality? There must be comedy in that plot!
9) The Mirror of Isis
For many parents, the reality is they are very lucky to have had a gay
child. How about a story from the perspective of such a parent? Maybe
told from "the other side." A ghost who has come back to show thanks to
his or her gay/lesbian child??
10) Gay Don Quixote
A familiar mythological theme is the mirror. Looking into a mirror is a
meditative, mystical practice for seeing past lives. The mirror reveals
"Truth" -- like in the story of Snow White. How about a story about a
magical mirror? Maybe one that reveals sexual orientation? OR shows the
11) Gay Tristan and Isolde with a happy ending
How about a story about the Man of La Mancha as a gay activist?
How about a comedy about a love potion?
CHARMED LIVES: Gay Spirit in Storytelling