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
Articles and Excerpts:You're Not A Wave
Books on Gay Spirituality: White Crane Gay Spirituality Series
(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 concerned
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.
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 GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness was published in 2000.
His newest book is GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe.