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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

SECRET MATTER: updated, revised & expanded edition from Lethe Press with Afterword by Mark Jordan

GETTING 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


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Books on Gay Spirituality:

White Crane Gay Spirituality Series

  Articles and Excerpts:

Read Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness

Funny Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San Francisco"

The Simple Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate

Why gay people should NOT Marry

Wedding Cake Liberation

Gay Marriage in Texas

What's ironic

Shame on the American People

The "highest form of love"

Second March on Washington

A Bifurcation of Gay Spirituality

 The cause of homosexuality

The origins of homophobia

Q&A about Jungian ideas in gay consciousness

What is homosexuality?

What is Gay Spirituality?

My three messages

What Jesus said about Gay Rights

Queering religion

Common Experiences Unique to Gay Men

The purpose of homosexuality

The Reincarnation of Edward Carpenter

The Gay Succession

Interview on the Nature of Homosexuality

What the Bible Says about Homosexuality

Mesosexual Ideal for Straight Men

Varieties of Gay Spirituality

Waves of Gay Liberation Activity

Why Gay Spirituality: Spirituality as Artistic Medium

Easton Mountain Retreat Center

Andrew Harvey & Spiritual Activism

The Gay Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and the  "Statement of Spirituality"

"It's Always About You"

The myth of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara

Joseph Campbell's description of Avalokiteshvara

Avalokiteshvara at the Baths.

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

Meditation Practice

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

Curious Bodies

What Toby Johnson Believes

The Joseph Campbell Connection

Campbell & The Pre/Trans Fallacy

The Nature of Religion

What's true about Religion

Being Gay is a Blessing

Drawing Long Straws

Freedom of Religion

The Gay Agenda

Gay Saintliness

Gay Spiritual Functions

The subtle workings of the spirit in gay men's lives.

The Sinfulness of Homosexuality

Proposal for a study of gay nondualism

Priestly Sexuality

 "The Evolution of Gay Identity"

"St. John of the Cross &
the Dark Night of the Soul."

 Eckhart's Eye

Let Me Tell You a Secret

Religious Articulations of the Secret

The Collective Unconscious

Driving as Spiritual Practice


Historicity as Myth


No Stealing

Next Step in Evolution

The New Myth

The Moulting of the Holy Ghost

Gaia is a Bodhisattva

The Hero's Journey as archetype

Marian Doctrines: Immaculate Conception & Assumption

Teenage Prostitution and the Nature of Evil

Allah Hu: "God is present here"
Adam and Steve

The Life is in the Blood

Gay retirement and the "freelance monastery"

Seeing with Different Eyes

The mystical experience at the Servites'  Castle in Riverside

The Great Dance according to C.S.Lewis

The Techniques Of The World Saviors

Part 1: Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby
Part 2:
The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
Part 3:
Jesus and the Resurrection
Part 4:
A Course in Miracles

The Secret of the Clear Light

Understanding the Clear Light

Mobius Strip

Finding Your Tiger Face

How Gay Souls Get Reincarnated

In honor of Sir Arthur C Clarke

Karellen was a homosexual

About Alien Abduction

What are you looking for in a gay science fiction novel?

The D.A.F.O.D.I.L. Alliance

More about Gay Mental Health

Psych Tech Training

The Rainbow Flag

Ideas for gay mythic stories

Kip and Toby, Activists

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

Book Reviews

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

Seeing things differently

Gay Perspective: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us About the Nature of God and the Universe: Revised and updated edition

By Toby Johnson (click on name to go to author's page)

with a beautiful new cover by Peter Grahame.

Grahame's book of digital photography and montage, Contemplations of the Heart: A Book of Male Spirit, Photography, Digital Imaging and Text, can be viewed at Peter and his life partner, Henry Seale, own and operate Ironic Horse Studio in Albuquerque, NM.

originally published by Lethe Press A White Crane Book, October 2008,
rereleased by Peregrine Ventures, September 2018
262 pages, Softcover, $15.00

If at all possible, please purchase this--or any other of Toby's books--from your local lesbian and gay community bookstore. These stores truly constitute the backbone of gay culture and community. They need our support. Buying gay books from a gay bookseller keeps the industry functioning, demonstrates support for gay publishing, and keeps gay publishers operating.If a gay bookstore isn't accessible, you're welcome to order directly from the author. There are links on the page for Toby's books.

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Our position as exiles and outcasts from conventional religion offers us the possibility for understanding what religion really is from an outsider's perspective, for seeing the truths hidden within the myths and for seeing the lies religion confuses and manipulates people with. Our queer sexuality can be a clue to profound mystical and spiritual truth and the basis of a truly virtuous and contributing life.
Gay consciousness as a pre-Edenic state of non-dual, non-polarized innocence . . . Homosexuality as a manifestation of the universe's yearning for harmony and self-awareness . . . Sexuality as a clue to the nature of spirit . . . Being gay as participating in the evolution of planetary consciousness . . . The Mystical Experience of Homosexuality . . . And all presented so gently, lovingly--thrillingly!
The message is irresistible.
Published reviews of Gay Perspective

In this companion volume to his critically acclaimed, Lambda Literary Award-winning Gay Spirituality, Toby Johnson further explicates his visionary stance that gay people's nature as outsiders gives them a uniquely powerful perspective on the nature of God and religion.

In what way does this "outsider's perspective" differ from the traditional outlook on spirituality? It provides a distance from establishment viewpoints, allowing for a deeper critical analysis of commonly accepted beliefs.

By living outside what are considered gender norms, gay people are more open to seeing across boundaries of gender and gain access to a less dualistic outlook on the nature of life. Because of this, gay people are far more attuned to the needs of a rapidly evolving society in which quickness and nimble thinking are in demand, gender equality is rapidly becoming an expected norm, and traditional religions are beset with internal conflicts, exposing inherent contradictions between organized religion and the true nature of God.

Once again Johnson approaches this potentially controversial subject matter with erudition, empathy, and visionary speculation and gives meaning to gay consciousness beyond superficial issues of sexual behavior.

Read from The Introduction

There's a nice acknowledgement of GAY PERSPECTIVE and John J. McNeill's newest book SEX AS GOD INTENDED (which I had the honor or editing and producing) in the HRC Religion & Faith Project newsletter for November 2008

About the author
Toby Johnson is author of Gay Spirituality, Myth of the Great Secret: An Appreciation of Joseph Campbell, In Search of God in the Sexual Underworld, Secret Matter, Getting Life in Perspective, Two Spirits (with Walter Williams), Charmed Lives (with Steve Berman) and Plague. He and his partner, Kip Dollar, together since 1984, are advocates of long-term gay relationships. Johnson is former editor of White Crane, a quarterly journal of gay men's spirituality.

Read About Toby's books

Gay Perspective: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us About the Nature of God and the Universe  $15.00

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Gay Perspective: Things our [homo]sexuality tells us about the nature of God and the Universe

An audiobook, beautifully narrated by Matthew Whitfield, is available from amazon

Gay Perspective: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe (White Crane Spirituality)


"There's a fecundity to Toby Johnson's writing, and GAY PERSPECTIVE is no exception. This book takes readers on a mythic journey up the Great Nest of Being, from body to mind to soul to Spirit, infusing every level with rich and fearless observations of what our homosexuality can teach us about each one. Toby's explanation of the mysterious and obvious gifts our sexual orientation can offer will be a vital port of entry into creative spirituality for many men-who-love-men. An important book of good vibrations."

-- Ko Imani, Shirt Of Flame: The Secret Gay Art Of War 

"Toby Johnson reveals how gay male sensibility contributes to the leading edge of culture and consciousness, and can even revolutionize religion in ways that benefit everyone. You may never view your role in the scheme of things in quite the same way."

-- Bruce P. Grether, Mindful Maturbation: Transforming Male Self-Pleasuring into a Spiritual Practice

"Toby Johnson's work pushes boundaries and is imbued with a reverent irreverence, both humor and thoughtfulness. He is a spiritual revolutionary and iconoclast."

-- Christian de la Huerta, Coming Out Spiritually

"Johnson walks the path of our gay ancestors taking a view of the forest and walking between the many trees of truth that inform the lives we call 'human.' He describes the central place place gay people have always taken in culture and, at the same time, limns the liminal, peripheral place to which gay consciousness can give access. A wonderful and challenging journey through these paradoxes."

-- Bo Young, White Crane: A Journal of Gay Men's Spirituality

"An illuminating, honest, provocative, and significant exploration of gay spirituality. This is must reading for all seeking the spiritual element in the gay experience."

--Malcolm Boyd, Take Off the Masks, Gay Priest, and Look Back in Joy

& Mark Thompson, Gay Spirit, Gay Soul, and Gay Body

"Thanks to Toby Johnson for demonstrating that only a cultural outsider has the radical freedom to see the universe with a truly fresh perspective. Johnson has used his queer point of view to examine religion, sex and culture both honestly and thoroughly to produce some astonishingly useful insights."

-- Joseph Kramer, Ph.D., Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality

Published reviews of Gay Perspective

Donald Boisvert, author of Out on Holy Ground and Sanctity and Male Desire, wrote a wonderful review of Toby Johnson's Gay Perspective and Theodore Jennings The Man Jesus Loved which appeared in slight different form in The Gay and Lesbian Review worldwide

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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 Lammy-nominated book  GAY 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 Press.

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