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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

Is there a "uniquely gay perspective"?

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

After the November 2004 Elections

I wrote the following statement after the November 2004 elections when George W. Bush was re-“elected” President because many Americans voted for him when they were drawn to the polls to vote AGAINST gay marriage.

In November 2008, the public had the GREAT GOOD SENSE to elect Barack Obama President of the U.S. and to usher in a new era in American history. But, particularly in California--where it "really mattered"--the electorate, influenced by negative campaigning (and lies) paid for by the Mormon Church and the Catholic Church, voted to overturn a California Sureme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage as part of extending equal rights to all U.S. citizens.

I cannot help but wonder if the Mormons weren't really most concerned about appearing anti-polygamist. They were likely more concerned with the ONE man, ONE woman part of the law than the MAN-WOMAN part, if only because the big cable TV hit last year BIG LOVE portrayed Mormons as polygamists. And there apparently are polygamist Mormons in reality as well as TV.

Just like the Catholic Church--full of homosexuals--but denying reality, the Mormons oppose same-sex marriage in order to protect their own secret.

Gay people are so frequently the "shadow projections" of what people don't want to admit to. We get blamed for the gay priests and we get made wrong because opf the Mormon attitudes about marriage.

Shame on the Conservative Christians:

   An Open Letter to the Voters

   We asked for marriage rights for same-sex couples because we saw this as a way to solve some of the problems that beset gay men and lesbians-- including the very things straight society so disapproves of about homosexuality: promiscuity, venereal disease, relationship instability, neurosis, unhappiness and internalized homophobia.

   We wanted to make our relationships as honored as we honored straight marriage to alleviate suffering and unnecessary hardships among our people, like losing visitation rights to your hospitalized partner or to your children by a previous straight marriage.

    And to make it all the more galling, you overwhelmingly denied our request to solve problems internal to our community by invoking the name of Jesus Christ who taught love and generosity. Who said if your neighbor asks for your shirt, give him your cloak also. Who said turn the other cheek, love your enemies--love your neighbors.
    We’re your neighbors!

    Jesus's central message was that the Law shouldn't be used to cause suffering to people. He preached against the rule about walking on the Sabbath if you needed to get help because your donkey fell in a hole. He preached against the rules about gleaning crops. He certainly preached against the rules for draconian punishments for sexual sins (like stoning women).

   What Jesus got arrested for was an act of civil disobedience in the Temple when he overturned the tables of the money-changers in an act of righteous vandalism against the rule about not bringing coins with graven images into the Temple precincts.

   Jesus spent His whole ministry preaching against literal--and oppressive--interpretation of the Old Testament Law. He was executed as a heretic for violating the rule against blasphemy, i.e. preaching against the Bible.

   Shame on you for letting your dirty little prejudices against gay people because it makes you sexually uncomfortable cause you to forsake everything Christianity is really about.

   What could be more "conservative" than upholding individual liberty to choose how one lives one's life without government interference? How incredibly "unconservative" it is for government to pass laws restricting individual choices and meddling in people's personal lives?


Jesus said: "Homosexuals are born that way from their mother's womb"

The Simple Answers to the Gay Marriage Debate & What the Bible Says

What is homosexuality in metaphysical terms?

What's the Purpose of Homosexuality?

More about the elections of 2004:

Take a look at this, it's quite sobering:

map of slavery states & Bush votes

Bush voters

Personally, I think the election was rigged. I think the voting machines were programmed to give Bush a victory whether the people voted for him or not.  I think we have just seen an historic coup d'etat occur in the United States. Lovers of democracy, the Constitution, and freedom should be very concerned.

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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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