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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"

Toby and Kip Get Married

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

Wedding Cake Liberation Day

The Wedding Cake Liberation Front

In honor of all the lesbian and gay couples who may NOT be able to serve wedding cake to celebrate their relationships if the proposed Anti-Same-Sex Marriage Amendment passes in a statewide referendum in November, the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas and the HAPPY Foundation Gay Archives of San Antonio served Wedding Cake to an audience of nearly 100 in a ceremony at the Joan Grona Gallery in the Blue Star Arts Complex on June 16, 2005.

“The wedding cake has become the chosen method of protest against the Marriage Amendment in Texas. Never has battle tasted so good, or a wedding cake been so fierce.” declared Gene Elder, Executive Director of the HAPPY Foundation and the artist behind the Cake Liberation Front.

Heath Riddles, Development Director of LGRL, spoke to the audience about the legislative battle, now turned public political battle, to stop the Texas Constitution from being amended to exclude committed lesbian and gay couples from legal recognition.

wedding cakeFollowing the political speech, native San Antonians and former Austinites, Kip Dollar and Toby Johnson served wedding cake to those in attendance, and Trinity University Professor Harry Haines lead a singing of his satirical “Breeders Anthem: Regulate Our Copulation” (sung to Ode to Joy).

Said Toby Johnson, author of several books on homosexuality and religion, “We’re changing public opinion whether we win or lose in the political fight. All the public attention to gay marriage reaches gay youth who are just figuring out their sexual orientation. It shows them that they can expect to find serious relationship and true love in their future. That’s good news that counters the negative propaganda about the loneliness and promiscuity of gay life.”

Partners for 21 years, Dollar and Johnson were asked to cut the cake in recognition of their history of encouraging longterm gay relationships.

“What could be more ‘conservative’ than individual human rights, long term committed relationship, separation of Church and State, and non-interference in private lives by government? But current so-called conservatives have capitalized on the public’s confused and conflicted attitudes about sexuality to grab power and push their imperialistic agenda—by scapegoating gay people,” said Johnson.

“All Americans should be concerned for their own rights,” added Dollar. “Our families love us and honor our relationship. Why should the government meddle with private lives?”

In an event organized by LGRL in 1991, Dollar and Johnson, along with lesbian couple Danalynn Recer and Pamela Voekel, applied for marriage licenses in Travis County. On March 26th, they were reluctantly refused the legal recognition of their relationships by County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir who used the event as an occasion to make a public declaration of support for legislation then being sponsored in the Texas Legislature by Rep. Debra Danburg, D-Houston, to delete references to gender in the state’s marriage laws.

Two years later on October 11, 1993, Dollar and Johnson again went before Ms. DeBeauvoir. On that day she happily issued them a Declaration of Domestic Partnership in Travis County in what was, at that time, a major political victory. Dollar and Johnson were the first male couple registered as Domestic Partners in the state of Texas. Though benefits to County employees registered as domestic partners were later denied in an anti-gay referendum called by the Religious Right, thus undermining the purpose of the registry, the registration itself was not revoked.

As part of the June 16 ceremony, Dollar and Johnson presented copies of pertinent documents and newspaper clippings to Elder, for inclusion in the LGBT Archives of the recently incorporated Happy Foundation.

In the 1990s Dollar and Johnson were operating Liberty Books, Austin’s Lesbian and Gay community bookstore. Dollar, a banker by profession when the two met in San Antonio, was business manager of their joint operations over the years; he is a skilled graphic artist. Johnson, a student of famed comparative religion scholar Joseph Campbell and a psychotherapist by training, is author of eight books on gay consciousness and contemporary spirituality. He was formerly Editor of White Crane Journal of Gay Men’s Spirituality. Johnson’s most recent book is titled Gay Perspective: What Our Homosexuality Tells Us About the Nature of God and the Universe

After Liberty Books, Dollar and Johnson went on to operate Bed and Breakfasts in the Rocky Mountains and then in the Texas Hill County. They returned to San Antonio in 2003. Dollar and Johnson are interviewed in several segments on "Same-Sex Marriage - Who Cares!?"  a 26 part web-cast radio show exploring a variety of issues regarding same-sex marriage. The interviews can be accessed on the web at:

Satirist, performer, playwright, and Trinity University professor Harry W. Haynes composed the comedic “Breeders Anthem” for the three-act play titled Miss Scarlet and Her Imaginary Friend, co-written by Haines and Tacoma performance artist A. Susan Owen. The show which was successfully debuted this past spring in San Francisco will be performed in San Antonio in October with Owen and Haines in the title roles.

“I had a solid Sunday School attendance record for about sixteen years,” says Haines. “It was there that I developed a certain flare for re-writing the hymnal.”

See The Simple Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate

See Why Gay People Should NOT Get Married

See On March 16, 2018, their 34th anniversary, Toby and Kip got legally married

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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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