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Also on this website:
Toby Johnson's books:
GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe
THE FOURTH QUILL, a
novel about attitudinal healing and the problem of evil
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
Funny Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San Francisco"
The Gay Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and the "Statement of Spirituality"
You're 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 & Nepal
The Danda Nata & goddess Kalika
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
The Two Loves
Be Done on Earth by Howard E. Cook
Pay Me What I'm Worth by Souldancer
The Way Out by Christopher L Nutter
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 Bourgeois
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
The Future is Queer by Labonte & Schimel
Missing Mary by Charlene Spretnak
Gay Spirituality 101 by Joe Perez
Cut Hand: A Nineteeth Century Love Story on the American Frontier by Mark Wildyr
Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman
Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano
The Key to Unlocking the Closet Door by Chelsea Griffo
The Door of the Heart by Diana Finfrock Farrar
Occam’s Razor by David Duncan
Grace and Demion by Mel White
Gay Men and The New Way Forward by Raymond L. Rigoglioso
The Dimensional Stucture of Consciousness by Samuel Avery
The Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love by Perry Brass
Seek Out Spirits True(extracted from GAY SPIRITUALITY)
For all that there are crooks and disturbed characters among the homosexual population, the experience of most of us most of the time is that we can trust other gay men. Their spirits are true. We share something in common. We are motivated by the world’s oppression to offer one another the best parts of ourselves and to inspire our brothers to offer us the same in return. We can be friends. What we want from one another is love and friendship and shelter from the storm of the straight world. We seek--and we create--community.
The movement, loosely called Gay Spirituality, is
with finding kindred spirits. Gay spirituality shows up in a variety of
different expressions. Many of these base their legitimacy in
Modern studies in comparative religion show that in the
past people we would now call gay were sometimes considered sacred.
From the galli, the cross-dressing, sometimes self-emasculated priests
of Cybele and Attis in ancient Rome and Phrygia; the nadlehee, the
cross-dressing, homosexually-acting medicine men of the Navajos of the
American Southwest; and the winktes of the Lakota Sioux to the cultured
and refined and liturgically-bedecked clerics of Anglican and Catholic
communions around the world, gender variant men have always played
central roles in religion.
Intense emotional and physical exercises can bring
experience. That quest for ecstasy represents another theme in gay
The Ecstatic Reveler themes are:
1) Tantric sex,
The Supernatural Seeker themes are:
1) gay church membership and religious practice and
Transcending All the Themes Of Gay Spirituality
Beyond all the specific practices that can be identified
with trends in modern gay culture as a manifestation of spirituality,
there is the gay personality itself. Gay men glow.
There is a sweetness and light that surrounds us--not all, not always, and it is perhaps visible more in youth than in age. But there is something in the aura of gay men that identifies us to one another and that makes straight people like us as individuals, even when, paradoxically, they do not like homosexuals in general.
There is a beauty and sweetness and compassionateness
that go with gay identity. This is a generalization and many gay men do
not fit this image. Nonetheless, independent of the behavior of all
actual gay men, there is a cultural stereotype, even among straight
people, of the gay man as a loving and unexpected saint.
Walking The World’s Weird Wall
For some people, homosexuality is a genuine spiritual
vocation, you might say, a religion in itself. But it has no set
doctrine, explanation of God or the Divine Plan.
The author of this essay believes the insights and observations he’s gleaned about “God” and the nature of religion flow from his homosexual orientation. This is so if only because by being a gay man and so a religious renegade, he’s been able to allow himself to think outside the box of traditional doctrine.What matters is not having the right ideas, but being a loving person. How we behave is what counts, not what we believe. (In this, the orthodox Protestants with their notion of salvation by faith alone have it exactly backwards.)
Toby Johnson, PhD is author of eight books: three non-fiction books that apply the wisdom of his teacher and "wise old man," Joseph Campbell to modern-day social and religious problems, three gay genre novels that dramatize spiritual issues at the heart of gay identity, and two books on gay men's spiritualities and the mystical experience of homosexuality. In addition to the novels featured elsewhere in this web site, Johnson is author of IN SEARCH OF GOD IN THE SEXUAL UNDERWORLD and THE MYTH OF THE GREAT SECRET (Revised edition): AN APPRECIATION OF JOSEPH CAMPBELL.
Johnson's Lammy Award winning book
SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of
Human Consciousness was published in 2000. His Lammy-nominated
PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature
of God and the Universe was published by Alyson in 2003. Both books are
available now from Lethe
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