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Finding Your Own True Myth - The Myth of the Great Secret III

FINDING YOUR OWN TRUE MYTH: What I Learned from Joseph Campbell: The Myth of the Great Secret III


Finding God

FINDING GOD IN THE SEXUAL UNDERWORLD: The Journey Expanded


Gay Spirituality

GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness


Gay Perspective


GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe


Secret Matter


SECRET MATTER, a sci-fi novel with wonderful "aliens" with an Afterword by Mark Jordan


Getting Life

GETTING LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE:  A Fantastical Gay Romance set in two different time periods


The Fourth Quill

THE FOURTH QUILL, a novel about attitudinal healing and the problem of evil




Two Spirits
TWO SPIRITS: A Story of Life with the Navajo, a collaboration with Walter L. Williams



charmed lives
CHARMED LIVES: Spinning Straw into Gold: GaySpirit in Storytelling, a collaboration with Steve Berman and some 30 other writers


Myth of the Great Secret


THE MYTH OF THE GREAT SECRET: An Appreciation of Joseph Campbell


In Search of God


IN SEARCH OF GOD IN THE SEXUAL UNDERWORLD: A Mystical Journey



Unpublished manuscripts


About ordering


Books on Gay Spirituality:

White Crane Gay Spirituality Series


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  Articles and Excerpts:

Review of Samuel Avery's The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness


Funny Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San Francisco"


About Liberty Books, the Lesbian/Gay Bookstore for Austin, 1986-1996 with a list of topics in August LGBT History


The Simple Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate


A Bifurcation of Gay Spirituality


Why gay people should NOT Marry


The Scriptural Basis for Same Sex Marriage


Toby and Kip Get Married


Wedding Cake Liberation


Gay Marriage in Texas


What's ironic



Shame on the American People


The "highest form of love"


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Gay Consciousness


Why homosexuality is a sin


The cause of homosexuality


The origins of homophobia


Advice to Future Gay Historians


Q&A about Jungian ideas in gay consciousness


What is homosexuality?


What is Gay Spirituality?


My three messages


What is Gay Perspective?


What Jesus said about Gay Rights


Myths, Salvation and the Great Secret with Rich Grzesiak


Queering religion


Common Experiences Unique to Gay Men


Is there a "uniquely gay perspective"?


The purpose of homosexuality


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


The Gay Succession


Wouldn’t You Like to Be Uranian?


The Reincarnation of Edward Carpenter


Queer men, myths and Reincarnation


Was I (or you) at Stonewall?


Why Gay Spirituality: Spirituality as Artistic Medium


Easton Mountain Retreat Center


Andrew Harvey & Spiritual Activism


The Mysticism of Andrew Harvey


The upsidedown book on MSNBC


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Enlightenment


"It's Always About You"



The myth of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara


Joseph Campbell's description of Avalokiteshvara


The Nature of Suffering and The Four Quills


You're Not A Wave



Joseph Campbell Talks about Aging



Toby's Experience of Zen



What is Enlightenment?



What is reincarnation?


What happens at Death?


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



What Anatman means



Advice to Travelers to India & Nepal



The Danda Nata & goddess Kalika



A Funny Story: The Rug Salesmen of Istanbul



Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva



John Boswell was Immanuel Kant



Cutting edge realization



The Myth of the Wanderer



Change: Source of Suffering & of Bliss



World Navel



What the Vows Really Mean



Manifesting from the Subtle Realms



The Three-layer Cake & the Multiverse


The est Training and Personal Intention



Effective Dreaming in Ursula LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven



Drawing a Long Straw: Ketamine at the Mann Ranch


Alan Watts & Multiple Solipsism


How I Learned Chakra Meditation


Je ne Regrette Rien



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Gay Spirituality


Curious Bodies


What Toby Johnson Believes


The Joseph Campbell Connection


The Mann Ranch (& Rich Gabrielson)


Campbell & The Pre/Trans Fallacy


The Two Loves


The Nature of Religion


What's true about Religion


Being Gay is a Blessing


Drawing Long Straws


Freedom of Religion


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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


Having a Church to Leave


Harold Cole on Beauty


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Marian Doctrines: Immaculate Conception & Assumption


Not lashed to the prayer-post


Monastic or Chaste Homosexuality


The Monastic Schedule: a whimsy


Is It Time to Grow Up? Confronting the Aging Process


Notes on Licking  (July, 1984)


Redeem Orlando


Gay Consciousness changing the world by Shokti LoveStar


Alexander Renault interviews Toby Johnson



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Mystical Vision


"The Evolution of Gay Identity"


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


Avalokiteshvara at the Baths


 Eckhart's Eye


Let Me Tell You a Secret


Religious Articulations of the Secret


The Collective Unconscious


Driving as Spiritual Practice


Meditation


Historicity as Myth


Pilgrimage


No Stealing


Next Step in Evolution


The New Myth


The Moulting of the Holy Ghost


Gaia is a Bodhisattva


Sex with God


Merging Religion and Sex


Revolution Through Consciousness Change: GSV 2019


God as Metaphor


More Metaphors for God


A non-personal metaphor God


Jesus and the Wedding Feast


Tonglen in the Radisson Varanasi


The Closet of Horrors


What is Truth?



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The Hero's Journey


The Hero's Journey as archetype -- GSV 2016


The  Gay Hero Journey (shortened)


You're On Your Own


Superheroes


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Seeing Differently


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


Facing the Edge: AIDS as an occasion for spiritual wisdom


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


A Different Take on Leathersex


Seeing Pornography Differently


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The Vision


The mystical experience at the Servites'  Castle in Riverside


A  Most Remarkable Synchronicity in Riverside


The Great Dance according to C.S.Lewis


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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


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The Secret of the Clear Light


Understanding the Clear Light


Mobius Strip


Finding Your Tiger Face


How Gay Souls Get Reincarnated


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Joseph Campbell, the Hero's Journey, and the modern Gay Hero-- a five part presentation on YouTube


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About Alien Abduction


In honor of Sir Arthur C Clarke


Karellen was a homosexual


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


Intersections with the movie When We Rise


More about Gay Mental Health


Psych Tech Training


Toby at the California Institute


The Rainbow Flag


Ideas for gay mythic stories


My first Peace March


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People


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 Mark Thompson


About Sterling Houston


About Michael Stevens


The Alamo Business Council


Our friend Tom Nash


Our friend Cliff Douglas


Second March on Washington


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


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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


Love Together: Longtime Male Couples on Healthy Intimacy and Communication by Tim Clausen


War Between Materialism and Spiritual by Jean-Michel Bitar


The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion by Jeffrey J. Kripal


Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion by Jeffrey J. Kripal


The Invitation to Love by Darren Pierre


Brain, Consciousness, and God: A Lonerganian Integration by Daniel A Helminiak


A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides by Andrew Harvey


Can Christians Be Saved? by Stephenson & Rhodes


The Lost Secrets of the Ancient Mystery Schools by Stephenson & Rhodes


Keys to Spiritual Being: Energy Meditation and Synchronization Exercises by Adrian Ravarour


In Walt We Trust by John Marsh


Solomon's Tantric Song by Rollan McCleary


A Special Illumination by Rollan McCleary


Aelred's Sin by Lawrence Scott


Fruit Basket by Payam Ghassemlou


Internal Landscapes by John Ollom


Princes & Pumpkins by David Hatfield Sparks


Yes by Brad Boney


Blood of the Goddess by William Schindler


Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom by Jeffrey Kripal


Evolving Dharma by Jay Michaelson


Jesus in Salome's Lot by Brett W. Gillette


The Man Who Loved Birds by Fenton Johnson


The Vatican Murders by Lucien Gregoire


"Sex Camp" by Brian McNaught


Out & About with Brewer & Berg
Episode One: Searching for a New Mythology


The Soul Beneath the Skin by David Nimmons


Out on Holy Ground by Donald Boisvert


The Revotutionary Psychology of Gay-Centeredness by Mitch Walker


Out There by Perry Brass


The Crucifixion of Hyacinth by Geoff Puterbaugh


The Silence of Sodom by Mark D Jordan


It's Never About What It's About by Krandall Kraus and Paul Borja


ReCreations, edited by Catherine Lake


Gospel: A Novel by WIlton Barnhard


Keeping Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey by Fenton Johnson


Dating the Greek Gods by Brad Gooch


Telling Truths in Church by Mark D. Jordan


The Substance of God by Perry Brass


The Tomcat Chronicles by Jack Nichols


10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives by Joe Kort


Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same Sex Love by Will Roscoe


The Third Appearance by Walter Starcke


The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann


Surviving and Thriving After a Life-Threatening Diagnosis by Bev Hall


Men, Homosexuality, and the Gods by Ronald Long

An Interview with Ron Long


Queering Creole Spiritual Traditons by Randy Conner & David Sparks

An Interview with Randy Conner


Pain, Sex and Time by Gerald Heard


Sex and the Sacred by Daniel Helminiak


Blessing Same-Sex Unions by Mark Jordan


Rising Up by Joe Perez


Soulfully Gay by Joe Perez


That Undeniable Longing by Mark Tedesco


Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman


Wisdom for the Soul by Larry Chang


MM4M a DVD by Bruce Grether


Double Cross by David Ranan


The Transcended Christian by Daniel Helminiak


Jesus in Love by Kittredge Cherry


In the Eye of the Storm by Gene Robinson


The Starry Dynamo by Sven Davisson


Life in Paradox by Fr Paul Murray


Spirituality for Our Global Community by Daniel Helminiak


Gay & Healthy in a Sick Society by Robert A. Minor


Coming Out: Irish Gay Experiences by Glen O'Brien


Queering Christ by Robert Goss


Skipping Towards Gomorrah by Dan Savage


The Flesh of the Word by Richard A Rosato


Catland by David Garrett Izzo


Tantra for Gay Men by Bruce Anderson


Yoga & the Path of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main


Simple Grace by Malcolm Boyd


Seventy Times Seven by Salvatore Sapienza


What Does "Queer" Mean Anyway? by Chris Bartlett


Critique of Patriarchal Reasoning by Arthur Evans


Gift of the Soul by Dale Colclasure & David Jensen


Legend of the Raibow Warriors by Steven McFadden


The Liar's Prayer by Gregory Flood


Lovely are the Messengers by Daniel Plasman


The Human Core of Spirituality by Daniel Helminiak


3001: The Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke


Religion and the Human Sciences by Daniel Helminiak


Only the Good Parts by Daniel Curzon


Four Short Reviews of Books with a Message


Life Interrupted by Michael Parise


Confessions of a Murdered Pope by Lucien Gregoire


The Stargazer's Embassy by Eleanor Lerman


Conscious Living, Conscious Aging by Ron Pevny


Footprints Through the Desert by Joshua Kauffman


True Religion by J.L. Weinberg


The Mediterranean Universe by John Newmeyer


Everything is God by Jay Michaelson


Reflection by Dennis Merritt


Everywhere Home by Fenton Johnson


Hard Lesson by James Gaston


God vs Gay? by Jay Michaelson


The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path by Jay Michaelson


Roxie & Fred by Richard Alther


Not the Son He Expected by Tim Clausen


The 9 Realities of Stardust by Bruce P. Grether


The Afterlife Revolution by Anne & Whitley Strieber


AIDS Shaman: Queer Spirit Awakening by Shokti Lovestar


Facing the Truth of Your Life by Merle Yost


The Super Natural by Whitley Strieber & Jeffrey J Kripal


Secret Body by Jeffrey J Kripal


In Hitler's House by Jonathan Lane


Walking on Glory by Edward Swift


The Paradox of Porn by Don Shewey


Is Heaven for Real? by Lucien Gregoire


In Search of Lost Lives by Michael Goddart


Queer Magic by Tomas Prower


God in Your Body by Jay Michaelson


Science Whispering Spirit by Gary Preuss


Friends of Dorothy by Dee Michel


New by Whitley Strieber


Developing Supersensible Perception by Shelli Renee Joye

Sage Sapien by Johnson Chong


Tarot of the Future by Arthur Rosengarten


Brothers Across Time by Brad Boney


Impresario of Castro Street by Marc Huestis


Deathless by Andrew Ramer


The Pagan Heart of the West, Vol 1 by Randy P. Conner


Practical Tantra by William Schindler


The Flip by Jeffrey J. Kripal


A New World by Whitley Strieber


Bernhard & LightWing by Damien Rowse


The Mountains of Paris by David Oates


Trust Truth by Trudie Barreras


How to be an Excellent Human Being by Bill Meacham


The Deviant's War by Eric Cervini


What Is the Grass by Mark Doty


Sex with God by Suzanne DeWitt Hall


The Sum of All the Pieces by Paul Bradford


All the Time in the World by J. Lee Graham


Jonas and the Mountain by Janis Harper


Two Hearts Dancing by Eli Andrew Ramer


Where's My Pizza? by Larry Armstead II


A New Now by Michael Goddart


Scissors, Paper, Rock by Fenton Johnson




Toby Johnson's Books on Gay Men's Spiritualities:




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Gay Perspective

Things Our [Homo]sexuality
Tells Us about the
Nature of God and
the Universe


Gay Perspective audiobook
Gay Perspective is available as an audiobook narrated by Matthew Whitfield. Click here







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Gay Spirituality

Gay Identity and 
the Transformation of
Human Consciousness



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Gay Spirituality   is now available as an audiobook, beautifully narrated by John Sipple. Click here








charmed lives
Charmed Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling

edited by
Toby Johnson
& Steve Berman







secret matter
Secret Matter

Lammy Award Winner for Gay Science Fiction

updated







Getting Life
Getting Life in Perspective

A Fantastical Romance





Getting
Life in Perspective audiobook
Getting Life in Perspective is available as an audiobook narrated by Alex Beckham. Click here 






The Fourth Quill

The Fourth Quill

originally published as PLAGUE




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The Fourth Quill is available as an audiobook, narrated by Jimmie Moreland. Click here






Two
Two Spirits: A Story of Life with the Navajo

with Walter L. Williams




Two Spirits
audiobookTwo Spirits  is available as an audiobook  narrated by Arthur Raymond. Click here






Finding Your Own True Myth - The Myth of the Great Secret III
Finding Your Own True Myth: What I Learned from Joseph Campbell

The Myth of the Great Secret III








In
Search of God in the Sexual Underworld
In Search of God  in the Sexual Underworld






Finding God
Finding God In The Sexual Underworld: The Journey Expanded

2020 Revised Version










The Myth of the Great Secret II

The Myth of the Great Secret: An Appreciation of Joseph Campbell.

This was the second edition of this book.




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Why I feel a certain loyalty to the G&L Review


Sons of Harvard

Sons of Harvard

Gay Men from the Class of 1967

by Toby Marotta


 William Morrow & Company; 1st edition (January 1, 1982)


ISBN:  978-0688010201




Available used from Amazon

Sons of Harvard

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Read about Toby Marotta's The Politics of Homosexuality

For the Gay & Lesbian Review "My Story" project

Why I feel a certain loyalty to the Gay and Lesbian Review/Worldwide

by Toby Johnson


I feel a personal loyalty to the G&L Review. I’d like to share a bit of history that I’ve been witness to.

Remember, the Review was originally titled The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review. My connection to Harvard was through my literary collaborator, friend, and nicknamesake Toby Marotta.

Harvard

For his 1977 undergraduate class reunion at Harvard, Toby Marotta came out in the 10-year class notes called the Red Book. He was the first gay man to do so.  And he revealed that he and his lifelong partner Rustam Kothavala, who’d been the SRO-popular professor and counterculture leader in the 70s at Harvard, had run off to San Francisco together.

At the time, Toby and Rusty were living in the East Bay; Toby was completing his dissertation on the homosexual rights movement, tracing three waves of organizing: homophile, gay, and lesbian feminist with a major focus on Stonewall, GLF and GAA. And he was working for Hospitality House, a social service agency in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, surveying similar agencies in the neighborhood. He was naturally interested in identifying gay services.

I was working in such a service, a community mental health clinic around the corner from Hospitality House. The Tenderloin Clinic—which had developed out of a telephone hotline which I’d volunteered in some six years earlier as my entry into gay activism—had a special mandate to see gay and lesbian clients from all over the City to offer coming-out help and gay-positive psychotherapy. Having done an internship there in Counseling Psychology, I was now a staff therapist.

I happened to be on intake the day Toby Marotta came to visit the clinic so met him in the waiting room. We hit it off immediately, if only because we shared the same little-boy nickname. We talked at the clinic, then went out for a beer after closing time. We ran into John DeCecco (founding editor of The Journal of Homosexuality) in a bar on Market Street. As I would discover, Toby knew everybody. I learned he was writing his dissertation about the gay movement and said I’d like to see it. In fact, he asked, would you proofread it for me. I jumped at the chance to help him perfect the manuscript.

Toby’s next step was to seek publication. I was just finishing my own dissertation for a degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I too had a book. We made a sort of pact to help each other get published: Toby and Toby. Through Toby’s college connections, we got THE hotshot New York literary agent at the time, John Brockman. We succeeded with two books for him and two for me, and we worked together in a federally-funded study of gay teenage hustlers and runaway youth.

Toby’s dissertation was published as The Politics of Homosexuality (Houghton-Mifflin, 1981). Of course, since the 70s, there’ve been several more waves of LGBTQ organizing, but Marotta’s analysis of conflicting themes, priorities, and agendas among the activists is still salient. Some of those same dynamics are going on today, just with different names (and alphabetical designations).

After the Red Book came out, old friends and a number of also now-openly-gay men, though he hadn’t known them in school, contacted Toby to thank him. That became the idea for another book. The lives of these classmates demonstrated the success of the movement which the first book had been about. For a while the working title of the dissertation had been The Explosion of Things Gay. It was that explosion that allowed these men to be successful and happy as openly gay. Toby visited a dozen or so around the country and conducted taped interviews.

Toby & Toby We listened to the interviews together and selected sections to include. I have a wonderful memory of the two of us, sitting in the sun shirtless in the backyard of Toby and Rusty’s Oakland bungalow, listening intently and making notes. I transcribed the selections and rewrote them into readable prose and Toby wrote a narrative framing the stories. The result was Sons of Harvard: Gay Men from the Class of 1967. It was published by HarperCollins in 1982.

Starting with the Red Book coming out, a group of Harvard graduates gathered around Toby and Rusty and formed a gay alumni club called Sons of Harvard. I attended a few parties, but I wasn’t a Harvard grad and didn’t belong to the club. So I didn’t know much about the organizing or connections with other cities. But then after a few years, in 1984 the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus formed within the Harvard Alumni Association.

According to the current Gender and Sexuality Caucus website: “Starting in the late ’70s, self-styled gay and lesbian alumni/ae groups were formed in San Francisco (Sons of Harvard), Boston (Lesbian Alumnae of Radcliffe College, Harvard University Gays), New York City, and Washington, D.C. With information-sharing facilitated by the new ‘Gay Harvard Alumni Newsletter,’ they provided increasing visible support for the gay and lesbian student groups that had been struggling to establish themselves on campus since 1970.” A little further down in the chronology it says: “In 1994, the Caucus launched The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review (now known as the Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide), a bi-monthly review of literature and ideas.” The Harvard association got dropped with the updated name. The Review is not a publication of Harvard University but of gay community entrepreneurship.

But so I think the gay alumni caucus in Boston with the newsletter that evolved into the G&L Review was indirectly a result of Toby Marotta’s book.

However tortuous—and questionably causal—the chain-of-events, it seems like the little gossipy project Toby and I worked on in that Oakland backyard in the late 70s eventuated in Richard Schneider and Stephen Hemrick’s taking on the mantle of the Review and creating a modern American gay intelligentsia culture. I’m happy to have been a minor participant.



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Toby Marotta wrote about his life and about Sons of Harvard for Library Thing and amazon.com:

[Sons of Harvard] personifies and illustrates the "counter-cultural" and predominantly "leftist" wave of social and political change that was produced largely by college-aged men and women of my Sixties generation who had opted to embrace self-styled-and-declared gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender lifestyles after the Stonewall Riots of June, 1969. 

Its text splices my first-person accounts of what I did in order to meet and interview these GLBT ground-breakers with excerpts from the taped and transcribed interviews I obtained from the dozen or so Harvard College classmates who had agreed to let me tape-record them describing what they had found it to be like to begin self-identifying and living as a "liberated" gay or bisexual man. To locate and recruit helpful interviewees I sent a request for willing informants to as many of the 1200 members of my college class listed as being alive by Harvard University's sizable and efficient alumni office.

The fact that my resulting interviews took place just before the arrival of the deathly new epidemic of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, said to be spread via "unprotected" sexual promiscuity and hypodermic needle use for substance abuse, endowed my resulting narrative with an unusual degree of public-health utility and sub-cultural poignancy. Would the liberated lifestyles and communities we envisioned to survive?

How had I gotten to this point?  Back in 1965, Rusty was a hot-shot young professor of geology and the senior tutor of Lowell House at Harvard and I was an ambitious undergraduate wrestling with my homosexuality. Not until a few years later, when I was graduate student in Government and Education at the University and he was the precociously tenured professor of geology who had become first director of Harvard's new Science Center, did we become lovers who envisioned a long-term life together.  In order to make this leap together we had moved from Cambridge to avant-garde Berkeley, California.

Back when I was completing my graduate work in Cambridge I had persuaded Professor Nathan Glazer, whose views and books about American ethnic minorities had helped inspire me to view and to treat the flowering post-Stonewall GLBT community as comparable, to supervise the thesis I needed to write in order to fulfill the requirements for a Harvard Ph.D. in Government and Education.  Because I had completed my required course work in Cambridge, I was free to move to Berkeley, California, and write my thesis in absentia. 

To support myself financially I sought and got work as an ethnographer of AIDS-afflicted inner city populations working on projects funded by various National Institutes of Health and conducted in San Francisco.  Initially my job was to live with, converse with, study, and understand why sexually active men in big American cities were getting and spreading HIV infections and AIDS. En route I had managed to move from my job as a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-funded field ethnographer in the Tenderloin, Polk Gulch, and finally Castro areas of San Francisco to an affiliate of one of the first San Francisco-based consulting groups funded by the federal government to develop and field-test educational outreach programs designed to stop the spread of HIV infections and AIDS.

Toby Marotta circa 1980In the San Francisco Bay Area I found myself in a good position to help the bold and proud GLBT community that was coalescing locally and in other big cities throughout the country and the world.  And I decided that one good way to do so -- a way to personify the themes of my book about the post-Stonewall efforts that launched worldwide efforts to produce GLBT liberation -- would be to produce a book of profiles that shared the personalities, lives, subcultures, and communities I had also come to associate with the dozen or so of my Harvard College classmates who agreed that it would be helpful and enlightening to to be interviewed for a book that would educate others about the liberated gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender lifestyles and communities that were now being embraced and publicized by so-called American Baby Boomers.
Amen.









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Toby Johnson, PhD is author of nine 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, four 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 and editor of a collection of "myths" of gay men's consciousness. 

Johnson's book GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness won a Lambda Literary Award in 2000.

His  GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our [Homo]sexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe was nominated for a Lammy in 2003. They remain in print.

FINDING YOUR OWN TRUE MYTH: What I Learned from Joseph Campbell: The Myth of the Great Secret III tells the story of Johnson's learning the real nature of religion and myth and discovering the spiritual qualities of gay male consciousness.

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