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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
A 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
The origins of homophobia
Q&A about Jungian ideas in gay consciousness
What is homosexuality?
is Gay Spirituality?
My three messages
What Jesus said about 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?
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 Nature of Religion
What's true about Religion
Gay is a Blessing
Gay Spiritual Functions
The subtle workings of the spirit in gay men's lives.
The Sinfulness of
for a study of gay nondualism
Marian Doctrines: 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 New Myth
Gaia is a Bodhisattva
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 mythic stories
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 Guy Mannheimer
About Dennis Paddie
About Arthur Evans
About Christopher Larkin
About Sterling Houston
About Michael Stevens
Our friend Tom Nash
Second March on
The Gay Disciple by John Henson
Art That Dares by Kittredge Cherry
Coming Out, Coming Home by Kennth A. Burr
Extinguishing the Light by B. Alan Bougeois
Over Coffee: A conversation For Gay Partnership & Conservative Faith by D.a. Thompson
Dark Knowledge by Kenneth Low
Janet Planet by Eleanor Lerman
The Kairos by Paul E. Hartman
Wrestling with Jesus by D.K.Maylor
Kali Rising by Rudolph Ballentine
The Missing Myth by Gilles Herrada
The Secret of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook
The Scar Letters: A Novel by Richard Alther
|"A treasure to read"
-- W. Randy Haynes (Cherokee), author
"Can I tell you how many
I cried reading TWO SPIRITS?
SO beautiful... like coming
-- Wade McCollum, singer
is a Streetlight"
". . . one of the most moving
novels I have read in a very long time. . . It is still
resonating with me."
-- John Caminiti, writer
Two Spirits: A Story of Life with
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Two Spirits is an historical novel by Walter L. Williams and Toby
With its sweet tale of inter-racial romance between a young Civil War
survivor from Virginia and a Navajo berdache/two-spirit healer of the
Old West, this novel demonstrates gender variance as
a source of spiritual power and documents "same-sex marriage" as
indigenous to the American continent.
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ABOUT TWO SPIRITS
based in the historical
facts of the fabled West, tells a tale of adventure of a young
man from rural Virginia,
assigned to be the Government Indian Agent on the Bosque Redondo
Reservation in the desolate New Mexico desert after the Civil War.
In the 1860s, the Navajo Indians were held as virtual prisoners of war
in an "experiment in Indian management" under the command of an
unscrupulous Civil War general who was later removed because he had
been swindling money sent by Washington for the Indians’ food and
lodging, making himself and his cronies rich at the Indians’ expense
This story recounts how the fictional Indian Agent develops a romantic
relationship with a Two-Spirit medicine man among the Navajos, and so
comes to appreciate personally the plight of the Indians on the
reservation. The Two-Spirit Person is modeled on the revered character
in certain Native American cultures who blends masculine and feminine
genders into a kind of loving exemplar of the culture’s spiritual
Through a series of adventures, shot through with Navajo mysticism, the
two lovers expose the general’s chicanery and bring
about the Indians’
return to their ancestral homeland in eastern Arizona. In the process,
the young Virginian learns Native American spirituality and discovers a
positive context for his own emotional and sexual development.
His marriage to his Two-Spirit partner demonstrates historical
precedent for same-sex marriage on American soil. "Gay marriage" is not
new to America. The indigenous cultures on this continent had honored
same-sex relationships long before Europeans immigrated here.
TWO SPIRITS: A Story of Life with the Navajo was
awarded a development
grant in the Arch and Bruce Brown
Foundation competition for Gay-positive Art Projects based on
The book includes an Afterword: About the Historical Accuracy of this
Novel and A Commentary by Navajo/Dine' scholar Wesley
From A WONDERFUL review on Jessewave by Cole:
"Lastly, I want to encourage those of you who, although you might think
that this story sounds wonderful, are afraid to read it. It is true
that this story is far from a typical story in the M/M genre, but the
two essential things that make up a romance are present here: a
sweeping love story and a HEA [Happy Ever After]. Yes, I admit I cried several times while
reading this, often in frustration and sometimes with joy. I won’t say
that it was an easy story to read, because it isn’t. I often had to
put this book down and take it up later. But that was the key: I
always wanted to pick it back up. And more than anything, I felt like I
took a journey with the characters and they became my friends. What
more can you ask for in a book?"
"Two-Spirit" is the term chosen by lesbian and gay Native Americans (at
an international conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1990) for gender
variant men and women in indigenous cultures. These two-spirits were
called "berdache" by French explorers (a term that is considered
derogatory). In the Native cultures they were known by a variety of
names, including (in English translation, of course) "Changing Ones," "One
who is Transformed,"
"Those with Special Powers,""Spiritual Mediator," "Healer," also
"Crossdresser"and "Male Woman," "Female Man."
In their native tongues, the Dinéh (Navajo) refer
to them as nŕdleehé, the
Lakota (Sioux) as winkte, the Mohave as alyha, the Zuni
as lhamana, the Omaha as mexoga, the Aleut and Kodiak
as achnucek, the Zapotec as ira’ muxe, the Cheyenne as he
man eh. The Two-Spirit terms itself comes from an
Anishinabe/Ojibway term, nizh
While indigenous Two-Spirits were understood
within the mythological and social context of their tribes as special
beings, the identity parallels modern American, psychologically-tinged,
or street-culture, terms for androgyny and androgynes like transsexual,
transvestite, TS, TV,
crossdresser, hermaphrodite, as well as T-boys, shemales, trannies,
boy, drag queen, etc. The modern terms do not have the sense of honor
and spiritual power
that the Native American did.
An intention for this Western genre novel is to popularize the
honorable quality of gender variance.
(Link to a very interesting article by Marlon Fixico on Being
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Walter L Williams is
author of the
award-winning book THE SPIRIT AND
THE FLESH: SEXUAL DIVERSITY IN AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURE. He has been
professor of anthropology, history and gender studies at the University
Southern California, where he taught gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender studies, and also American Indian Studies. He is past
president of ONE Institute International Gay and Lesbian Archives, and
is currently editor of the INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN REVIEW. For
the past two decades, he has been speaking on the berdache (now more
preferably called Two-Spirit) phenomenon and has been well-received
by fellow anthropologists and by general audiences. THE SPIRIT AND THE
FLESH is a basic staple of any gay reading list and is stocked in
bookstores well beyond the network of gay stores.
For more info about Walter L. Williams, see Living Fully
Williams has a wonderful site with a modern re-presentation of
the Teachings of Jesus.
download hi-res tif photo of
Walter L. Williams color
Walter L. Williams has developed a language system which he calls
engspan which makes it easier for people to learn both Spanish and
English and which could function as a easy language for a globalized
engspan easy spelling part 1 introduction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txRQe0CNBSc&feature=relmfu
engspan easy spelling part 2 vowels
engspan easy spelling part 3 consonants http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBsJ-OqwAvc
Toby Johnson is a writer and
bookseller in the gay genre. He was
a counselor in San Francisco in the 1970s and one of the developers of
gay-oriented psychotherapy. For almost seven years, he and his partner
operated Liberty Books, the lesbian and gay community bookstore in
Austin. From 1997 to 2004 Johnson was editor and publisher of the small
but respected quarterly journal of gay men’s spirituality, WHITE CRANE.
He has had published three gay novels and five non-fiction works about
the ideas of renowned religions scholar Joseph Campbell. Johnson, only
half-joking, refers to himself as "Joe Campbell's apostle to the gay
community." His novel
SECRET MATTER won a Lammy in 1990; in 1999, it was nominated for
induction into the Gay Lesbian Science Fiction Hall of Fame in the
first year of the competition, so one of five nominees out of all the
gay and lesbian science fiction ever written.
Recently, with Kip Dollar, his partner of 23 years, Johnson has
operated a gay Bed & Breakfast first in the Rocky Mountains and
then in the Texas Hill Country. Kip and Toby were the first male couple
registered as Domestic Partners in Texas.
For more info about Toby Johnson's books, see
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FOR TWO SPIRITS
This novel is more than just an exciting story of Native Americans in
the Civil War era. Drawing upon Diné philosophy, it presents a
positive way to approach life. It calls for acknowledging and
respecting the important role that eroticism plays in a person’s
existence. It provides a sense of humanity in its recognition that
people, who would today be identified as transgendered or gay, were
always part of the Diné way of life. Above all, this book--I
hope--will provide the means for Americans to look at, if not re-look
at, the Native population which has been pushed into the cracks between
the pages of American history textbooks.
--Wesley K. Thomas, Ph.D. (Dine'), Assistant
Professor, Anthropology and Gender Studies, Indiana University
With its sweet and triumphal love story, Two Spirits is a
welcome addition to the literature of the real West and the hidden
history of same-sex people. It gives a whole new meaning to "how the
west was won."
--Bo Young, Editor, White Crane Journal
Two Spirits is a story of compassion, and of love
between males--one of them a person of "two-spirits," a berdache. It is
tale of spirituality, injustice, and courage set against the stark
tragedy of the Navajo experience of the 1860's.
--Ruth Sims, author, The Phoenix
Two Spirits is a spectacular tale based on the 1860s
eviction of the Navajo people from their sacred homelands. The reader
is transported to an earlier era where little-known spiritual
traditions were, until recently, unmentionable outside some Native
American cultures. With an obvious love and deep respect for the
Navajo, Williams and Johnson expose a clash of cultures that will stun
many. Two Spirits, a treasure to read, is a rare combination of
historical fiction and spiritual wisdom at its absolute finest.
--W. Randy Haynes (Cherokee), author, Cajun
There're two "Press Releases" about Two
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