Table of Contents
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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 edtion 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
Revolution through Consciousness Change
my understanding of the event (based on my working with Toby Marotta on
the book The Politics of Homosexuality which included an elaborate
account of Stonewall), what "empowered" the patrons at the Stonewall
Inn was a general hippie/countercultural rejection of societal power
structures (arising from the anti-war movement) AND, importantly, from
a sense of numbers.
I think -- and I don't
claim to be right, only to have an opinion -- what happened is that
earlier that the day, Friday, June 27th, 1969, a great
many men from
the Village flocked to Judy Garland's funeral at a upper Eastside
funeral parlor at Madison Ave and 81st. What impressed them -- and in
the early hours of the next day, mobilized them to resist the police
raid on the Stonewall Inn -- wasn't Garland's divahood (after all, it
had been her downfall), but rather the number of other gay men they saw
at the event. These were Garland's fans. There were crowds of
homosexuals recognizing each other on the street in front of the
Garland's funeral turned
out to be a sort of proto-gay pride event. And it demonstrated
was power in numbers -- that was something "in the air" in those days
as one anti-war mobilization after another demonstrated how many people
Stonewall Inn was a sort of hippie bar. The "street queens" weren't
politicos and they weren't "drag queens" in the sense of female
impersonators or drag performers. (The bar was not particularly
welcoming to true drag queens/female impersonators and, in fact, had a
quota on the number the bouncer allowed in.) They were hippies in
so-called "gender fuck drag." And they were likely high on pot or
tripping on acid.
The Stonewall Inn, in
fact, had been under attack by the fledging gay politicos of the time.
About a year and a half earlier, Craig Rodwell (previous President of
the Mattachine Society New York and founder of the Oscar Wilde Memorial
Bookshop) had written an article for a MSNY newsletter called The
Hymnal tracing a rash of Hepatitis A infections to the bar. It was
believed by the proto-actvists with the Mattachine that the bar didn't
wash glasses between uses. This lack of concern for the patrons'
well-being was attributed to the bar's Mafia ownership.
As time has passed, the
mythology of Stonewall has come to valorize drag queens as the
champions of political and cultural revolution. That's probably missing
the point that it was the anti-Establishment tenor of the times, hippie
nonchalance and joie de vivre, gay men's sense of being outsiders, and,
very importantly, the drugs -- and then the sense of numbers and power
observed at Garland's funeral -- that gave the patrons at the Stonewall
Inn the impulse to resist the police that night. And inadvertently to
initiate the transformation of how gay people see themselves that is
the gay rights movement!
liberation through consciousness change. And that is our queer
contribution to the effort of human consciousness to understand how to
transform itself and save the future.
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