Table of Contents
Also on this website:
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
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 edtion from Lethe Press
with Afterword by Mark Jordan
LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE
A NOVEL ABOUT HEALING.
CHARMED LIVES: Spinning Straw into
Gold: Reclaiming Our Queer Spirituality Through Story
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The
Dimensional Structure of
Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San
Simple Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate
Bifurcation of Gay Spirituality
Why gay people should NOT Marry
Wedding Cake Liberation
Gay Marriage in Texas
Shame on the American People
The "highest form of love"
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
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 &
"It's Always About You"
The myth of the
Joseph Campbell's description of
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
Advice to Travelers to India
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
Toby Johnson Believes
The Joseph Campbell Connection
Campbell & The Pre/Trans Fallacy
The Two Loves
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
Immaculate Conception & Assumption
"The Evolution of Gay Identity"
"St. John of the
Dark Night of the Soul."
Avalokiteshvara at the Baths.
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
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
are you looking for in a gay science fiction novel?
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
About Alien Abduction
In honor of Sir Arthur C Clarke
Karellen was a homosexual
about Gay Mental Health
Ideas for gay
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 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
Second March on
Perspective: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us About the Nature of
God and the Universe: Revised and updated edition
By Toby Johnson
(click on name to go to author's page)
beautiful new cover by Peter Grahame.
book of digital photography and
montage, Contemplations of the Heart: A Book of Male Spirit,
Photography, Digital Imaging and Text, can be viewed at www.ironic-horse.com.
Peter and his life partner, Henry Seale, own and operate Ironic Horse
Studio in Albuquerque, NM.
Lethe Press A White
October 2008, 262 pages, Softcover, $20.00,
1-59021-015-8 / 978-1-59021-015-4
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exiles and outcasts from conventional religion offers us the
possibility for understanding what religion really is from an
outsider's perspective, for seeing the truths hidden within the myths
and for seeing the lies religion confuses and manipulates people
with. Our queer sexuality can be a clue to profound mystical and
spiritual truth and the basis of a truly virtuous and contributing
consciousness as a pre-Edenic state of non-dual, non-polarized
innocence . . . Homosexuality as a manifestation of the universe's
yearning for harmony and self-awareness . . . Sexuality as a clue to the
of spirit . . . Being gay as participating in the evolution of
planetary consciousness . . . The Mystical Experience of
Homosexuality . . . And all presented so gently,
message is irresistible.
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reviews of Gay Perspective
to his critically acclaimed, Lambda Literary Award-winning Gay
Toby Johnson further explicates his visionary stance that gay
people's nature as outsiders gives them a uniquely powerful
perspective on the nature of God and religion.
In what way
"outsider's perspective" differ from the traditional outlook on
spirituality? It provides a distance from establishment viewpoints,
allowing for a deeper critical analysis of commonly accepted beliefs.
are considered gender norms, gay people are more open to seeing
across boundaries of gender and gain access to a less dualistic
outlook on the nature of life. Because of this, gay people are far
more attuned to the needs of a rapidly evolving society in which
quickness and nimble thinking are in demand, gender equality is
rapidly becoming an expected norm, and traditional religions are
beset with internal conflicts, exposing inherent contradictions
between organized religion and the true nature of God.
approaches this potentially controversial subject matter with
erudition, empathy, and visionary speculation and gives meaning to
gay consciousness beyond superficial issues of sexual
There's a nice acknowledgement of GAY PERSPECTIVE and John J. McNeill's
newest book SEX AS GOD
INTENDED (which I had the honor or editing and
producing) in the HRC Religion &
Faith Project newsletter for November 2008
About the author
Johnson is author
of Gay Spirituality, Myth of the
Great Secret: An
Appreciation of Joseph Campbell, In Search of God in the Sexual
Matter, Getting Life in Perspective, Two Spirits
(with Walter Williams), Charmed Lives (with Steve Berman) and
Plague. He and his
partner, Kip Dollar, together since 1984, are advocates of long-term
gay relationships. Johnson is former editor of White
Crane, a quarterly
journal of gay men's spirituality.
Perspective: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us
About the Nature of God and the Universe
for GAY PERSPECTIVE
reviews of Gay Perspective
"There's a fecundity to Toby Johnson's
writing, and GAY
PERSPECTIVE is no exception. This book takes readers on a mythic
journey up the Great Nest of Being, from body to mind to soul to
Spirit, infusing every level with rich and fearless observations of
what our homosexuality can teach us about each one. Toby's explanation
of the mysterious and obvious gifts our sexual orientation can offer
will be a vital port of entry into creative spirituality for many
men-who-love-men. An important book of good vibrations."
-- Ko Imani, Shirt Of Flame: The Secret
Gay Art Of
"Toby Johnson reveals how gay male
contributes to the leading edge of culture and consciousness, and can
even revolutionize religion in ways that benefit everyone. You may
never view your role in the scheme of things in quite the same way."
-- Bruce P. Grether, Mindful Maturbation:
Transforming Male Self-Pleasuring into a Spiritual Practice
"Toby Johnson's work pushes boundaries and
with a reverent irreverence, both humor and thoughtfulness. He is a
spiritual revolutionary and iconoclast."
-- Christian de la Huerta, Coming Out
"Johnson walks the path of our gay
ancestors taking a
view of the forest and walking between the many trees of truth that
inform the lives we call 'human.' He describes the central place place
gay people have always taken in culture and, at the same time, limns
the liminal, peripheral place to which gay consciousness can give
access. A wonderful and challenging journey through these paradoxes."
-- Bo Young, White Crane: A Journal of
"An illuminating, honest, provocative, and
exploration of gay spirituality. This is must reading for all seeking
the spiritual element in the gay experience."
--Malcolm Boyd, Take Off the Masks, Gay
Look Back in Joy
& Mark Thompson, Gay Spirit, Gay
Soul, and Gay
"Thanks to Toby Johnson for demonstrating
that only a
cultural outsider has the radical freedom to see the universe with a
truly fresh perspective. Johnson has used his queer point of view to
examine religion, sex and culture both honestly and thoroughly to
produce some astonishingly useful insights."
-- Joseph Kramer, Ph.D., Institute for
of Human Sexuality
Donald Boisvert, author of Out on Holy Ground and Sanctity
and Male Desire, wrote a wonderful
review of Toby Johnson's Gay Perspective and Theodore
Jennings The Man Jesus Loved which appeared in slight
different form in The Gay and Lesbian Review worldwide
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