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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
2004San Antonio's Gay Halloween Ball was held at a nightclub called Sunset Station.
It's in the newly renovated historic old Southern Pacific Railway Depot in downtown San Antonio.
The Depot was used by the railroad up until quite recently. Now Amtrak has a much smaller depot at the other end of the block. And Sunset Station is a party venue.
Sunset Station is a beautiful old building with lots of brightly polished wood and a wonderful stairway from the ground floor to the mezzanine. Perfect for making an entrance!
In 2004 Kip and Toby dressed up as two ladies of the 1950s who have arrived, suitcases in the hand, looking for the train. They seemed bewildered that they can't find a ticket booth or a conductor and that there are so many strangely dressed people in the station. (As you can see in the photo, they must have needed a drink!)
We won First Place in the category "Best Couple." (By the way, Kip made both costumes.
We had a great time
Gay men can be so light-hearted. It's quite refreshing in a world that is too deadly serious.
(Men who can put on dresses are much less likely to go to war or despoil the Earth, I hypothesize!)
In 2005, Toby and Kip make themselves up as "Leather Tom Tigers"
The bodies are real (no rubber prostheses), but those muscles are a creation of makeup and shading.
(In the first photo the camera does not capture the orange tiger colors our bodies were painted with. The second photo shows it better)
2006In 2006, we dressed as "Fashion Reverals" -- Kip (doing the costume he made last year) was a "Poodle in a Girl Skirt" (with the Peterbilt girl applique on a pink felt circle skirt); Toby was an "Alligator in a Boy Shirt" (doing a take-off on the Izod/Lacoste logo).
We won First Prize !
For election year, we did "Underdogs for Obama"
We had a little party at our house for Halloween in 2011. Kip created neat Steampunk outfits for us both.
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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