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The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the
SECRET MATTER: updated, revised
& expanded edtion from Lethe Press with Afterword by Mark Jordan
GETTING LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE
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 collaboration with
Steve Berman and some 30 other writers
PLAGUE: A NOVEL ABOUT HEALING
THE MYTH OF THE GREAT SECRET: An
Appreciation of Joseph Campbell
IN SEARCH OF GOD IN THE
SEXUAL UNDERWORLD: A Mystical Journey
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Crane Gay Spirituality Series
Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The
Dimensional Structure of Consciousness
Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San Francisco"
The 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"
The 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
The Gay Succession
The Reincarnation of Edward Carpenter
Why Gay Spirituality: Spirituality
as Artistic Medium
Easton Mountain Retreat Center
Andrew Harvey &
"It's Always About You"
The myth of the Bodhisattva
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
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
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
Cross & the Dark Night of
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
Gay retirement and the "freelance
Seeing with Different Eyes
are you looking for in a gay science fiction novel?
mystical 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
How Gay Souls Get Reincarnated
About Alien Abduction
In honor of Sir Arthur C Clarke
Karellen was a homosexual
about Gay Mental Health
Ideas for gay
Kip and Toby,
Toby's friend 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"
About 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
Second March on
Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and the "Statement
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 Bougeois
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
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
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Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling
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Lammy Award Winner for Gay
Getting Life in Perspective
A Fantastickal Romance
Life in Perspective is available as an
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The Fourth Quill
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Our homosexuality can
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about the nature of God.
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virtue and excellence and a practice of mystical vision and
don't have to just "believe in" God, we can "understand" God.
And that understanding transforms our lives in goodness.
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". . . a writer with a positive vision
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is a fresh naivete in [Toby Johnson's] style that rings pleasantly in
the ear, like the memory of a
'boy's book' enthusiastically devoured at age 12. Against the sour punk
of so much of today's gay male fiction, Getting
Life in Perspective is a treat." --Marvin Shaw, Lambda Book Report
After visiting this site, please go take a look at Lethe
This is the small gay publisher that Toby Johnson is working
There's a wonderful selection of gay and lesbian titles,
with a specialization in
gay spec fiction, sci-fi, spirituality and culture.
here for Lethe Press
men have important work to do for humanity," begins the description of Gay Men of Wisdom.
Raymond L. Rigoglioso has been runing a monthly telephone discussion
group, occasional weekend Intensives (at Easton Mountain) and a website
about understanding gayness as a spiritual and life-positive,
He has published his discoveries in a book titled Gay Men and The New
Living Out Your Gay Gifts - an online community group
8 pm Eastern Wednesdays in May and June 2015
Toby Johnson & Kip Dollar are
proud to be included among the 700-some couples in the wonderful book
In mid-October 2014, Toby Johnson gave a Keynote Address
"Gay Perspective & the New Myth"
at the LoveSpirit 2014 gathering in London.
Toby & Kip spent a week in London, hosted by Shokti LoveStar and
Toby's talk at LoveSpirit—and a smaller, more intimate "Evening with
Toby Johnson" on the next Tuesday—were both well-received.
Here's a webpage presentation that Toby showed to illustrate his talk.
at LoveSpirit 2014
This is a good summary of Toby Johnson's basic theories of gay
consciousness and of religion and myth, and an explication of why
Johnson thinks of himself as "Joseph Campbell's Apostle to the Gay
Here's a wonderful statement from British Radical Faerie Shokti Lovestar
of the secret spiritually-aware gay men bring to the evolution of the
The SHIFT OF THE AGES comes when we humans realise that we are not
separate individuals randomly bumping into each other
on an uncharted journey through existence – but rather that we are the
CONSCIOUS PRESENCE of that EXISTENCE,
the intelligence, creativity and awareness of the UNIVERSE itself.
We are not separate from it, except in that we each have a unique and
valuable viewpoint on the whole.
If consciousness is a plant, we are each a flower providing our own
colour and scent to the world – but we are still part of the plant.
Read the whole essay
Here's a WONDERFUL quote from
Shokti's blog "Tales of Queer Emergence":
"Even within religions some of us are active, chipping away at the
hostility and fear that often exists there towards us. Current
religious controversies around gay love and sex tend to overlook the
fact that churches and monasteries have always attracted queer people
who seek to help others or wish to create a gentler, more loving world.
And whether within a religious framework or independently, more and
more of us are pursuing the quest of self-knowledge and realisation.
Some of us have discovered that pleasure, sex and same sex love do not
cut us off from the sacred – in fact if we infuse our pleasures and
relationships with a sense of the sacred we get more out of them. The
sense of being at one with the universe, at home in life, at peace with
interconnectedness, can not be found outside ourselves. Like coming
out, these profound states that make life so much more enjoyable, start
from the inside. But when we have found the peace and love we can share
those feelings with others, and the spiritual nature of our loving gay
souls will emerge and continue to change the world."
the whole article: "Being Gay is a Spiritual Calling"
Gay people are not given myths through traditional culture
with which we can explain our experience to ourselves. We have to
create our own myths. Stories like Mel White’s Grace and Demion
(which I had the
good fortune to assist with editing) is a delightful and wise example
of how to rearrange the old stories in order to create deeply
meaningful, satisfying and revelatory personal myths.
about Grace and Demion
Toby's friend Dennis Paddie has
a novel out from Lethe Press.
It's a doozey! see
A sensible conspiracy theory of 9/11
• the secret of the Knights Templar
• a gay Mata Hari seducing secrets from modern Araby
• a confrontation with
death and a peek into the Bardo
• young gay lovers
discovering the pleasures of high class life
with Washington, DC
socialites—and the dangers
• reminiscences of gay life in Austin TX in the 1960s • an incredible,
ASK THE FIRE by
contributed an Afterword and Commentary
on the mythic/mystical meaning of the Crucifixion of Jesus for
The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision
A book of
essays by Kittredge Cherry And paintings by Doug
click here for more
information and links to purchase
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Read Toby's article on gay spirit
titled "The Evolution of Gay Identity"
Read about "St. John of
the Cross and the Dark Night of the Soul."
Toby tells the story of meeting Avalokiteshvara
at the Baths.
Toby explains how Being Gay is a Blessing (in an excerpt from
his book Gay Spirituality)
Recollections from Toby's life --
Buying the house from the Gadpailles & Being God on ketamine -- Two
stories about Drawing Long
The modern American idea of Freedom of Religion reveals a deep secret
about the nature of religion and God.
Saintliness is a review of Donald Boivert's Sanctity and Male
Desire. The article contains a stirring gay positive paragraph by
Christian de la Huerta, author of Coming
Out Spiritually: The Next Step, identifies ten spiritual functions of gay and
A succinct description of the subtle
workings of the spirit in gay men's lives.
The so-called "Priest Pedophilia
scandal" reveals truths about the
nature of homosexual consciousness and errors in Christian teaching
about sexuality that are missed when the focus is put on findng
who to blame
A wonderful story called "I Want to Know Them All" by Toby's
straight hippie friend L. Houston Wood in the early 70s that appeared
in an issue of White Crane Journal about the Bodhisattva identity
Read Toby's whimsical piece about Adam and
Steve. This essay on biblical history appeared in the Fall
2004 issue of Ashe Journal 3.3
Read about the Gay Spirituality Summit, the Gay Spirit Culture Project,
and the "Statement of Spirituality" with Toby's
Toby's speculations about gay
retirement and the "freelance monastery"
Toby comments appreciatively on Andrew
Harvey's concept of Spiritual Activism and
his new book THE HOPE
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Toby describes the quest to find The Great Secret
How the Great Secret underlies all
religion and spirituality
What's true about
Religion is the deep religious experience that belief and
"faith" are intended to generate
Toby's account of the
in 1969 that transformed his vision of life and God
How to get to
with Different Eyes: How we human beings see the world is based more on our
expectations than on what's really out there (an excerpt from In Search of God in the Sexual
Eye is a meditation on the evocative "koan": "The eye with which I
see God is the eye with which God sees me."
Prostitution and the Nature of Evil, another excerpt from In Search of God in the Sexual
of Toby's discovery of spiritual wisdom in the oddest of places, the
Tenderloin district of San Francisco.
Life is in the Blood: Toby Johnson's Biblically-based answer to
when life begins.
Commandment "Thou shalt not steal" is not a basis for private
ownership of property. The Buddhist precept "No Stealing" is about
compassion for others' feelings, not property rights.
"God is present here" -- a secret Toby learned from the Sufi
Dancing classes in San Francisco in the 1970s.
Joseph Campbell and Ken Wilber's
critique of the "Pre/Trans Fallacy": Three
important themes in Campbellian thought.
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Gay Souls Get Reincarnated, a cute piece, a little tongue-in-cheek, but with a
profound meaning about gay identity and gay spirit.
Values, and Gay Reincarnation
Toby's experience of learning "The Secret
of the Clear Light"
from Joseph Campbell and the real meaning of afterlife.
How to Understand
the Image of the Clear Light.
Strip" as a topological image for gay consciousness.
Tiger Face: Joseph Campbell's story about the great secret of life.
Nature of Religion according to Joseph Campbell. A very wise
statement from The Hero with A
Thousand Faces. (Links to The Joseph Campbell Foundation and the
Campbell Gimbutas Library and Archives at Pacifica.
C.S. Lewis describing "The Great Dance" of mystical realization.
Speculations on the phenomenon of Alien Abduction
Driving a car as spiritual practice: Driving Samadhi
Read about Toby's inspiration for where
the Visitors' come from in the revised edition of Secret Matter
What are you looking for in a gay science fiction novel?
gay science fiction novel ever in Toby Johnson's opinion.
Some ideas for gay mythic stories
The Marian Doctrines: The Immaculate
Conception and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in historic
for more articles
The San Francisco
Public Library James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center is a national
archive for gay and lesbian history. That's where our various
collections of memorabilia should be donated. Our lives are "history."
Most of what Toby Johnson knows of gay history
he learned from his work with Toby Marotta. Marotta has a website with historical
gay political posters for sale and with an exhibit of gay
liberation documents called Revisiting Stonewall.
Along with Patrick McNamara, Duncan Teague,
Craig Harwood, Dave Nimmons, as well as Mark Thompson, Christian de la
Huerta, David Frechter, Michael
Sigmann, Bo Young, Dan
Vera, and others, Toby Johnson assisted with the calling of a "Gay Spirit Summit" in
Spring 2004 at Garrison Institute.
Read about the Gay Spirituality
Summit and the "Statement of Spirituality" with
Interesting article from the 1981
West Coast Christopher Street Parade magazine by L.A. gay pioneer Jim
Kepner, titled The
Seach for Gay Spirit. Everything he wrote about in 1981 is still
current 30 years later in 2011.
Allen Ginsberg discovered a line
of "Gay Succession"
from Walt Whitman to himself… and beyond.
1988 article SPIRITUAL QUESTIONS IN GAY
COUNSELING from The Sourcebook on Lesbian/Gay Health Care
of Gay Mental Health workers in San Francisco in 1979: a great example
of successful community activism.
Johnson, Psych Tech lived in San Francisco and worked at Mount Zion
Hospital Crisis Clinic & The Tenderloin Clinic
Kip and Toby, Activists. Partners since 1984,
Kip and Toby have been working together in the gay cause.
Gathering at the Fault of the Earth Ranch, 1972 and San Francisco
Gay Rap "Gay-Straight Consciousness Raising Retreat"
Being Gay at the
California Institute of Asian Studies / California Institute of
Integral Studies in the 1970s
Riots, Drag Queens, and Judy Garland's Funeral.
In 1978, Toby Johnson was a "parade
monitor," stationed just below the newly-inaugurated Rainbow Flags that have come to symbolize
Toby's recollections of
San Francisco Gay Pride Marches in the 1970s
Toby Johnson learned his gay politics
from his friend and nicknamesake Toby Marotta. Please read
about their important friendship.
Waves of Gay Liberation
Activity from hunter/gatherers to modern gay lib.
Hay: Father and Founder of the modern gay movement; his thought
summarized by Will Roscoe
Evans, gay pioneer
One of the earliest
expressions of "Gay Spirituality" showed up as the book The Divine Androgyne According to
Purusha. Earlier in his life as a gay cultural activist, under the
name Christopher Larkin, Purusha had made the gay romantic movie A
Very Natural Thing.
About Harry Hay, the New Myth,
"Spiritual, not Religious," through the Gay Window -- a panel
presentation for the 2012 Centennial of Hay's birth Conference at CLAGS
About the Gay Spirituality Summit in May 2004
and the "Statement
of Spirituality" with Toby's commentary
About the study of teenage
prostitution Toby Marotta and Toby Johnson worked in for URSA in
Talbot and the Holographic Universe
Mannheimer and the Mann Ranch Seminars
About David Weyrauch, San Francisco painter and artist
About Fr. Bernard Lynch,
Toby & Kip's friend in London and gay Catholic saint
Baltzell, literary editor, good friend and wonderful man. He
introduced me to A Course in Miracles. And changed my life!
Paddie, Austin/San Antonio playwright, poet, and vagabond bon
vivant. Dennis wrote a beautiful tribute to fellow Texas playwright Sterling Houston who died November 8,
About Toby and Kip's successful long term
relationship and the Wedding Cake
Liberation Event in San Antonio, June 16, 2005
Steves and Patrick Kerr in the San Antonio gay community of the
About Ralph Walker
and The Loving Brotherhood. Ralph Walker was one of the Fathers of
the Gay Spirituality Movement.
Heinrich Ulrichs, creator of modern gay consciousness. The firtst
man to really "come out."
Tom Nash, a San
Antonio lovable "character."
McMurtrey, Toby's -- very influential and life-changing -- writing
teacher in high school.
Dollar & Toby Johnson participated with hundreds of other
couples in a "group marriage ceremony" in front of the IRS Building
during the Second March on Washington in 1987.
Eva Thayer, San Antonio wise woman, (Nov 21,
1914 - May 22, 2013) has a
message for children of all ages about positive self-esteem. Read about
Eva's Miracles. She led a wonderful life.
Kim McKell, Toby's favorite teacher at the
California Institute of Asian Studies
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the wonderful soft sci-fi Lambda Lit-
and Spectrum-honored SECRET MATTER, in a new, updated, revised,
and expanded edition from Lethe Press.
the romantic & evocative ghost
story set in 1890s America GETTING LIFE IN
the wisdom of A Course
in Miracles applied to AIDS in a sci fi thriller
PLAGUE: A NOVEL ABOUT HEALING --
reissued in 2012 under the name THE FOURTH
Steve Berman, CHARMED LIVES: Gay Spirit in
Storytelling, more than 30 authors about the "charm" of being gay
In collaboration with Walter L. Williams, TWO SPIRITS: A Story of Life With the Navajo, a
beautiful, romantic novel about Native American gender and sexual
patterns set in the Old West.
These titles are available in gay bookstores nationwide
and by mail
from the author (signed and inscribed, if you'd like).
Toby's non-fiction titles are also
described on that page:
Spirituality: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of
Human Consciousness ( Lethe Press, 2004),
Gay Perspective: Things Our
Homosexuality Tells Us About the Nature of God and the Universe (Lethe
The Myth of the Great Secret: An
Appreciation of Joseph Campbell (Celestial Arts, 1992)
In Search of God in the
Sexual Underworld: A Mystical Journey (Morrow, 1983)
Several of Toby's O.P. or unavailable m.s.s. are available for free
(search also for Edwin Clark Johnson)
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Done on Earth by Howard E. Cook. Blending
modern-day physics and cosmology, a little Teilhard and a little
Matthew Fox, comparative religion, some Joseph Campbell, intelligent
New Age thought, progressed Christianity, American political idealism,
evolutionary theory, postmodernism, Pope John the Beloved calls for a
new Church of the Second Coming--also referred to (iconoclastically) as
the Church of Kingdom Come--COKC (try pronouncing the acronym). It’s a
sex-positive religion based in an evolutionary model of human nature
with an openly gay priesthood.
Pay Me What I'm Worth by Souldancer.
Souldancer says he is blending good business practice with
multicultural ancient wisdom. As the exercises continue, they
demonstrate that giving is the way to get and that integrity and
ethical living is the best success and the way to get paid by life with
happiness and fulfillment. So the thing about asking for a raise is
really a hook to pull you toward enightenment and wisdom.
The Way Out by Christopher Lee Nutter.
Intermixing themes in current spiritual thought—the Dalai Lama, Joseph
Campbell, Don Miguel Ruiz, Gary Zukav, A Course in Miracles, the Twelve
Steps—Nutter offers an answer to who you really are. And in the process
recounts how he came to understand this through his experience in urban
gay culture. The answer, of course, isn’t new or surprising. It’s the
age-old answer: we are each a perspective that “God” or “Divine
Consciousness” or “the cosmos”—whatever you want to call IT—is taking
The Gay Disciple by John Henson. Gay
consciousness is now part of human consciousness and naturally
recapitulates Jesus’s teaching that love and compassion trump religion
and law. It’s good that the Jesus story be written to include gay
experience. The Life of Christ is an appropriate subset of gay literary
Dares by Kitt Cherry, presents erotic imagery based in Christian
tradition. Cherry is the author of JESUS IN LOVE, a novelist
"autobiography of Jesus" as sexually and psychologically sophisticated,
a real "tour de force" in transforming traditional myth to modern
consciousness. Cherry book ART THAT DARES was launched during the
National Festival of Progressive Spiritual Art in Taos, NM, May 11-12. There was a show at the
Dimensional Structure of Consciousness by Samuel Avery is a
challenging and enlightening model of how consicousness generates the
experience of the world. It was such a neat idea that I incorporated
elements of it in my revised edition of SECRET MATTER.
Bifurcation of Gay Spirituality: a review of Kennth Burr's Coming
Out, Coming Home with a discussion of the difference between
"spirituality & religion for gay people" and "Gay Spirituality" for
the Light by B. Alan Bougeois is an allegorical account, a parable,
set in a modern Texas prison, of the appearance of a Christ-like figure
who reaches out to his fellow offenders with a visionary message of
Coffee: A conversation For Gay Partnership & Conservative Faith
by D.a. Thompson is a conversation between a Conservative Christian
Pastor and a Conservative Christian layman--the author, D.a.--who
advocates for the acceptance of gay partnership within religious
congregations. He makes different arguments from the usual pro-gay
marriage ones because he is NOT a proponent of same sex marriage, but
of fairness within Christian churches in how the human (sinful)
condition is treated. Interesting!
Dark Knowledge by
Kenneth Low is a life of
Christ written as a mystery story/puzzle asking the question why was
Jesus actually executed. What crime had he committed that was so
heinous, it deserved crucifxion? Whether you'd agree with the biblical
exegetical approach in this book or not, it is really interesting and
Janet Planet by Eleanor
Lerman is a wonderfully
engaging and beautifully written roman
à clef-style novel based on the real life characters surrounding
Carlos Castenada and The Teachings
of Don Juan.
The Jesus we never
knew is presented in two interesting and entertaining books that offer
insight into the real message of religion: The
Kairos by Paul E. Hartman and Wrestling
with Jesus by D.K.Maylor.
Kali Rising by Rudolph Ballentine is
a very interesting book about the "Foundational Principles of Tantra,"
but it is far more than a book of Hindu mythology. It's about a whole
approach to life based in maintaining balance.
The Missing Myth by Gilles
Herrada examines the science and current psychological/philosophical
ideas about the nature and origins of homosexuality.
of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook calls for a rediscovery of
the Gnostic Christianity that underlay Jesus' teachings. The Second
Coming is here and now.
The Scar Letters: A
Novel by Richard Alther is a sensitive,
beautifully-written and ultimately moving and heartwarming account of a
modern gay man coming to terms with personal pain and human suffering.
A great read. Emotionally and literarily satisfying.
The Future is
Queer edited by Richard Labonte & Lawrence Schimel is an
anthology of science fiction short stories with interesting,
occasionally unsettling, but always insightful predictions of a "queer"
Missing Mary by
Charlene Spretnak, subititled The Queen of Heaven and Her Re-emergence
in the Modern Church, is a partly scholarly, partly personal account of
modern day Catholic devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Spirituality 101: An Introduction to the Theory of Homophilia by
Joe Perez astutely discusses the gay spirituality movement from the
evolutionary persepctive of Ken Wilber.
Cut Hand: A
Nineteeth Century Love Story on the American Frontier by Mark
Wildyr is a sexy adventure novel about gay men and Native Americans in
the Old West.
Eleanor Lerman is a story about the alluring mystery of life--all tied
up with aliens, interstellar broadcasts, new age religion and a lovable
little dog named Digitaria.
at Rizzoli by Felice Picano is a memoir by a very successful and
wonderful writer in the gay genre who worked at the New York upscale
bookstore of the title.
by Ken Stofft
describes how gender role expectations confine and
restrict so many men's joy and happiness.
to Unlocking the Closet Door by Chelsea Griffo is an easy-to-read
book of sensible advice for LGBTQ youth for how to take the next step.
The Door of the
Heart by Diana Finfrock Farrar is a didactic novel about gay rights
and traditional Christian values. It very well presents a range of
issues from PFLAG, same-sex marriage, anti-gay bullying to organ
donation and husband-wife relationship. And it's got a good story.
by David Duncan is a science-fiction novel from the 1950s. I reread it
recently and discovered it's partly the basis for the metaphysical of
parallel universes that appears in my novel Secret Matter.
Demion by Mel White is a part whimsical, part serious and profound
fable about angels and demons and the struggle for truth about gay
Gay Men and The New Way Forward by Raymond L.
Rigoglioso is a wonderful book about the 14 Distinct Positive
Contributing Traits of gay men.
The Dimensional Stucture of Consciousness by
Samuel Avery is one of the neatest ideas I have ever come across. I
think this explains what "reality" is.
Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love: Your Guide to Life, Happiness and
Emotional and Sexual Fulfillment in a Closed-Down World by Perry
Brass is a collection of good advice and wisdom about life and love AND
an all-encompassing theory of religion and myth as clues to the Deeper