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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 edition from Lethe Press
with Afterword by Mark Jordan
LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE: A romance novel set in the 1980s and the 1890s.
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 NOVEL ABOUT HEALING.
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Crane Gay Spirituality Series
Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The
Dimensional Structure of
Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San
Simple Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate
Why gay people should NOT Marry
Wedding Cake Liberation
Gay Marriage in Texas
Shame on the American People
The "highest form of love"
Second March on
Bifurcation of Gay Spirituality
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
Is there a "uniquely gay
The purpose of homosexuality
The Reincarnation of Edward
The Gay Succession
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 &
Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and
the "Statement of Spirituality"
"It's Always About You"
The myth of the
Joseph Campbell's description of
Avalokiteshvara at the Baths.
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
The Two Loves
Toby Johnson Believes
The Joseph Campbell Connection
Campbell & The Pre/Trans Fallacy
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
"The Evolution of Gay Identity"
"St. John of the
Dark Night of the Soul."
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
Immaculate Conception & Assumption
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
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
In honor of Sir Arthur C Clarke
Karellen was a homosexual
About Alien Abduction
are you looking for in a gay science fiction novel?
about Gay Mental Health
Ideas for gay
Kip and Toby,
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 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
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 Bourgeois
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
and 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
Will Roscoe on Harry Hay
Harry Hay, Founder of the Mattachine
the Radical Faeries is truly the "Father and Founder of the modern gay
Will Roscoe, another important founder of the gay movement as scholar
author, historian and philosopher of gay awareness, collected and wrote
about Hay's ideas in his seminal book Radically Gay. Harry Hay did not
write a book of his own, so Radically Gay (and Stuart Timmons biography
"Trouble With Harry") form the corpus of Harry Hay's
His thought is important. These are ideas that, I believe, arise from
the very experience of being gay.
Roscoe provides a succinct summary. This piece from his book has been
reprinted and distributed multiple times through White Crane precisely
because it is so seminal to our collective thought.
From Harry Hay's Radically
Gay, edited by Will Roscoe:
Harry Hay's Gay politics represent an alternative to
postmodernist, queer theory and dogmatic constructionism. Indeed, Hay
is the only contemporary Gay thinker who could be said to offer a
unified theory of Gayness — one that begins by defining its subject in
multidimensional terms and then accounts for its individual and
historical origins, its diverse forms and their history, the
psychosocial development of Gay individuals, and the nature and sources
of Gay oppression. Postmodernism offers at best a politics of
resignation, one that rejects the possibility of an "outside" to power,
of a subject-SUBJECT alternative to subject-OBJECT social relations,
and the means of getting there is through a politics that affirms Queer
identities and cultures.
Hay is not bothered if his ideas are called essentialist or if his
activism is deemed identity politics — he is happy to emphasize his
differences with social constructionism and Queer theory — provided
that the word radical precede these labels. The original meaning of
this word, "to the root," serves well to convey the underlying theme of
his philosophy and politics. The key principles of Harry's radical
essentialism can be summed up as follows:
It is, first and foremost, Gay-centered — a "situated knowledge" (to
borrow Donna Haraway's terminology) reflecting the social standpoint of
contemporary sexual minorities. It is not neutral on the question of
Queer well-being; it seeks to create knowledge that contributes to that
It posits Gay presence rather than absence in the usual state of human
It conceives of its subject in multidimensional terms — not merely as
sexual preference but as a difference manifest in gender roles, social
identity, economic roles and sometimes religious roles, as well.
It seeks to tell history from the bottom up, using those documents,
records and artifacts that reveal the common experience of the largest
number of Queer folk and not only the discourse of elite heterosexuals
and social institutions.
It recognizes various levels of meaning — individual, social,
transcultural, and spiritual. It does not assume that the way an
individual describes herself will be identical to the institutional
definition of labels that have been applied to her.
It is multicultural and comparative. Rather than a unitary instance--
"the modern homosexual"-- it employs the notion of a family tree (like
Wittgenstein's concept of "family resemblance") to conceptualize the
relationship between the Queer identities and roles of different
cultures and historical periods.
It views history as a process of continuity-within-change rather than
as a series of sharply defined periods of ruptures. Concept/labels like
"Sodomite" and "Urning," "homosexual," and "Gay," have overlapped in
their usage. Neither can be defined without reference to the other.
It focuses on praxis. It seeks to analyze the interaction between
individuals and their societies and cultures. It looks for instances of
symbols and ideas in action as well as in discourse.
The mass coming-out that transformed the quiescent homophile movement
of the 1960s into the dynamic Lesbian/Gay liberation and civil rights
movements of the 1970s and 1980s was in large measure a function of
joining a community where a negative label could be replaced with an
affirmative identity. Hay's writings show that this was no accident.
The cultural minority model was a carefully thought out political
analysis and strategy on the part of the Mattachine founders.
Beacon Press (June 30, 1997) ISBN-10: 0807070815 / ISBN-13:
978-0807070819 Used with permission.
Will Roscoe is author/editor of numerous books,
including The Zuni Man-Woman, Changing Ones, Queer Spirits and Jesus
and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love.
all his titles at amazon.com