God, Sex, and Gender: An Introduction
May 2nd 2011
ISBN1405193700 (ISBN13: 9781405193702)
Makes a theological contribution to understanding the unprecedented changes in sexual and gender relationships of the last fifty years Discusses many topics including: sexual difference; sexual equality; gender and power; the nature of desire; the future of marriage in Christian sexual ethics; homosexuality and same-sex unions; the problems of sexual minorities; contraception in a time of HIV/AIDS; the separation of sexual experience from marriage; and offers new arguments for marriage and for chastity Offers a consistent and engaging introduction at the cutting edge of theological inquiry, which is contemporary, undogmatic, questioning, and relevant to readers' experience, interests, and needs Written lucidly and engagingly by an established and respected academic who has published widely in this area.
Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America
March 26th 2013
ISBN0062049739 (ISBN13: 9780062049735)
Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America is part memoir and part investigative analysis that explores the explosive and confusing intersection of faith, politics, and sexuality in Christian America. The quest to find an answer is at the heart of Does Jesus Really Love Me?—a personal journey of belief, an investigation, and a portrait of a faith and a nation at odds by award-winning reporter Jeff Chu. From Brooklyn to Nashville to California, from Westboro Baptist Church and their “God Hates Fags” protest signs, to the pioneering Episcopalian bishop Mary Glasspool—who proclaims a message of liberation and divine love, Chu captures spiritual snapshots of Christian America at a remarkable moment, when tensions between both sides in the culture wars have rarely been higher.
From Queer To Christ: My Journey Into the Light
August 28th 2016
George Carneal grew up in the ’70s, raised by a Southern Baptist minister in the ultra-conservative Bible Belt where his world revolved around the church, country fried chicken and trying to fit in with other boys. As disco music pulsated through the speakers in his bedroom, he plotted his escape from the misery and boredom of Southern suburbia before landing in Los Angeles, a city of glitz and hedonism. Much like Alice as she traveled through the looking glass, this is George's journey through a queer culture fantasyland filled with drag queens, drugs and dangerous situations before discovering healing, joy and peace in Christ. This true story details his struggles in a religious world at odds with, and often hostile toward, homosexuals.
A Gay Synagogue in New York
May 15th 1995)
ISBN081221840X (ISBN13: 9780812218404)
A Gay Synagogue in New York recounts the communal experiences and personal dilemmas of the congregants of Beth Simchat Torah, the largest gay and lesbian synagogue in the United States.
Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir
June 1st 2008
ISBN1559708697 (ISBN13: 9781559708692)
Scott Pomfret serves as a lector at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. He also writes gay porn. His boyfriend is a flaming atheist, and his boyfriend's Protestant grandmother counts Catholicism a sin worse than sodomy. From Pentecost to Pride, from the books of the Bible to the articles of The Advocate, Pomfret's wry, hysterically funny memoir maps with matchless humor the full spectrum of the gay Catholic experience. Listen in as Pomfret learns a thing or two about love and compassion from Father Bear Daddy, a priest with a hot Gay.com profile, and the Three Hale Marys, and join him as he sets out on a brave quest to convince his arch-nemesis, Cardinal O'Malley, to invite him to serve at a weekly mass.
Un/familiar Theology: Reconceiving Sex, Reproduction and Generativity
June 15th 2017
ISBN0567673251 (ISBN13: 9780567673251)
Through engagement with theologies of adoption, pro-natalism, marriage, and queer theology, Susannah Cornwall figures developments in models of marriage and family not as distortions of or divergences from the divinely ordained blueprint, but as developments already of a piece with these institution's being. Much Christian theological discussion of family, sex and marriage seems to claim that they are (or should be) unchanging and immaculate; that to celebrate their shifting and developing natures is to reject them as good gifts of God. However, models of marriage, family, parenting and reproduction have changed and are still, in some cases radically, changing. These changes are not all a raging tide to be turned back, but in continuity with goods deeply embedded in the tradition. Alternative forms of marriage and family stand as signs of the hope of the possibility of change.
Utilitarianism: And the Fight for LGBT Enfranchisement
April 24th 2016
Utilitarianism is an ethical theory which features a uniquely hedonistic view of morality. Under utilitarianism, consequences are the only thing that truly matter. In order to act morally, one must behave in such a way that the future results bring about the greatest amount of happiness to the greatest amount of people. It is an egalitarian theory, dictating as it does that each person’s happiness is of equal importance. In this read, Groeneveld helps explain in an understandable manner Utilitarianism, and the LGBT society's fight for equality. For more information, check out this read today!
Mark 947: A Life Shaped by God, Gender and Force of Will
December 31st 2002
ISBN0595263763 (ISBN13: 9780595263769)
Mark 947 chronicles one woman’s progress from spirit to flesh, a literal transubstantiation by force of will. Born a boy to loving but religious parents in the rural heartland of Tennessee, Calpernia Addams found her way on an unlighted path from forbidden dreams to fulfillment as a scholar, showgirl and eventually, as a woman. Sultry stage siren by night, intellectual chameleon by day, she worked her way to the top of Nashville’s underground entertainment scene without ever succumbing to drugs, alcohol or bitterness, and through it all never lost her heart. When love walked into her new life in the form of a handsome young Army private, it seemed everything had at last come together. Then at the pinnacle of her career, as she was crowned Tennessee Entertainer of the Year in front of hundreds of adoring fans, her love was murdered in his sleep sixty miles away by bigoted fellow soldiers, sparking a national controversy that resonates still.
The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective
November 20th 2018
ISBN1512602930 (ISBN13: 9781512602937)
Reading some of the best-known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience, Joy Ladin explores fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one another. Drawing on her own experience and lifelong reading practice, Ladin shows how the Torah, a collection of ancient texts that assume human beings are either male or female, speaks both to practical transgender concerns, such as marginalization, and to the challenges of living without a body or social role that renders one intelligible to others—challenges that can help us understand a God who defies all human categories. These creative, evocative readings transform our understanding of the Torah’s portrayals of God, humanity, and relationships between them.
Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians
June 25th 2013
ISBN1440829659 (ISBN13: 9781440829659)
Through essays by noted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) religion scholars, this important compilation summarizes the history and current status of LGBTQI theology, exploring its relationship to the policies, practices, and theology of traditional Christianity. Contributors contrast the "radically inclusive" thinking of LGBTQI theology with the "exclusivity" practiced by many Christian churches, explaining the reasoning of each and clarifying contentious issues. At the same time, the book highlights ways in which "queer" theology and practice benefit Christian congregations.
Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities
June 16th 2014
ISBN0985594926 (ISBN13: 9780985594923)
Is your faith community open to people whose sexuality does not fit into the categories of gay/lesbian or straight? Does your faith community have access to resources about bisexuality and bisexual people? This guidebook is designed to help congregations understand bisexuality and to encourage faith communities to “make the invisible visible.” Religious leaders and congregations can use this guidebook to inspire theological reflection and action in their faith communities. Bisexuality is often invisible in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations, society as a whole, and in faith communities and denominations.
May 15th 2012
Jehovah's Witnesses have been predicting the end of times (Armageddon) for the past 160 years. Imagine growing up as a third generation Witness, a faith where everyone you know and everything you have been taught tells you that the end of the world is going to happen at any moment. Imagine what having your life forever on hold feels like and then imagine you realize that you are GAY! This book explores the origins of Jehovah's Witnesses including the 5 key men who ran the organization and how one man grew up in this faith, coming to terms with the realization that he was gay and that this fact would forever separate him from his family, friends and life as he had known it from birth.
Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit
April 1st 2013
ISBN1596272414 (ISBN13: 9781596272415)
To date, no book has systematically examined the theological writings of LGBT people of color. Nor has any book explored how such writings might actually transform contemporary theological reflections on race and sexuality. This book remedies these gaps by constructing a rainbow theology around the theme of bridging or mediation. Rainbow Theology is the first book to reflect upon the theological significance of the intersections of race and queer sexuality across multiple ethnic and cultural groups. This is particularly important in light of the current polarizing debates over issues of race, sexuality, and religion within churches and communities of faith around the world.
The Gay Gospel: A Survival Guide for Gay 20Somethings in America Today
August 27th 2014
ISBN0692283196 (ISBN13: 9780692283196)
What do gay 20somethings know when they set foot into the real world for the first time? Basically nothing! Meeting boys. Dating guys. Going to clubs. Drinking. Drugs. Sex. Love. Respect. Being yourself. These are only a few of the many trials every gay 20something has to tackle during this exciting yet life-defining decade. As you trek through this turbulent time, you will encounter many things for the first time. You will feel things you haven’t felt before. You’ll find yourself in situations where you don’t know right from up and left from down.
Being Gay and Lesbian in a Catholic High School: Beyond the Uniform
May 24th 2000
ISBN1560231831 (ISBN13: 9781560231837)
Recognize the homophobia and anti-gay violence in a respected institution! The only study of its kind, Being Gay and Lesbian in a Catholic High School: Beyond the Uniform offers compelling evidence to Catholic educators, clergy, and laypeople that their superb academic institutions are not fulfilling the clear mandate of the Church on inclusive loving behavior toward sexual minorities. Yet the facts presented in Being Gay and Lesbian in a Catholic High School prove that too often they encourage or allow stereotyping, homophobia, and anti-gay violence.
Jehovah's Witnesses Are Never Born Gay
November 4th 2013
ISBN1466996862 (ISBN13: 9781466996861)
There are some things or feelings in our lives, what we are ashamed of and really want to hide from that world what surrounds us. But time goes by, those feelings become bigger and bigger that we can't keep them anymore only to ourselves. We feel if we do not let them out, we are going to explode. And someday, we will find ourselves in that moment when we won't care anymore what other people think and won't care what those people's opinions will cost us. We just started letting it all out to that world, and it feels good. We feel freedom because now there is nothing to hide, and we accept ourselves such as we are. In my book, I am sharing my feelings about my past, my failings in different things in my life, and also about my sexuality while I went to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses.
Rapture Practice: A True Story About Growing Up Gay in an Evangelical Family
May 27th 2014
ISBN0316094641 (ISBN13: 9780316094641)
When Aaron Hartzler was little, he couldn’t wait for the Rapture: that moment when Jesus would come down from the clouds to whisk him and his family up to heaven. But as he turns sixteen, Aaron grows more curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord. He begins to realize he doesn’t want Jesus to come back just yet—not before he has his first kiss, sees his first movie, or stars in the school play. Whether he’s sneaking out, making out, or playing hymns with a hangover, Aaron learns a few lessons that can’t be found in the Bible. He discovers that the girl of your dreams can just as easily be the boy of your dreams, and the tricky part about believing is that no one can do it for you.
Coming Out While Staying in
September 1st 1996
ISBN0829811508 (ISBN13: 9780829811506)
This book reflects the author's and other's personal struggles with the church as a source of pain and alienation--as well as support and spiritual renewal. Tigert offers a voice of hope for those who experience oppression as gay, lesbian, and bisexual Christians.
We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir
June 4th 2019
Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous. From her parents, she internalized the lesson that revealing her identity could put her in grave danger. When her family came to Canada as refugees, Samra encountered a whole new host of challenges: bullies, racism, the threat of poverty, and an arranged marriage. Backed into a corner, her need for a safe space--in which to grow and nurture her creative, feminist spirit--became dire. The men in her life wanted to police her, the women in her life had only shown her the example of pious obedience, and her body was a problem to be solved.
The Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales of Hindu Lore
December 5th 2001
ISBN1560231815 (ISBN13: 9781560231813)
"A god transforms into a nymph and enchants another god. A king becomes pregnant. A prince discovers on his wedding night that he is not a man. "Another king has children who call him both father and mother. A hero turns into a eunuch and wears female apparel. A princess has to turn into a man before she can avenge her humiliation. Widows of a king make love to conceive his child. Friends of the same sex end up marrying each other after one of them metamorphoses into a woman. These are some of the tales from Hindu lore that this unique book examines. The Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales from Hindu Lore is a compilation of traditional Hindu stories with a common thread: sexual transformation and gender metamorphosis.
Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith
April 21st 2000
ISBN0826412319 (ISBN13: 9780826412317)
Reflecting a wide spectrum of religious tradition and spiritual paths--including Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan, 12-step, Christian and Jewish--over 30 contributors speak about the intersections of their faith practice and their bisexuality.
Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays
October 1st 2012
ISBN0814786375 (ISBN13: 9780814786376)
In the Bible Belt, it's common to see bumper stickers that claim One Man + One Woman = Marriage, church billboards that command one to "Get right with Jesus," letters to the editor comparing gay marriage to marrying one's dog, and nightly news about homophobic attacks from the Family Foundation. While some areas of the Unites States have made tremendous progress in securing rights for gay people, Bible Belt states lag behind. Not only do most Bible Belt gays lack domestic partner benefits, lesbians and gay men can still be fired from some places of employment in many regions of the Bible Belt for being a homosexual.
God's Beauty Parlor: And Other Queer Spaces in and Around the Bible
September 1st 2002
ISBN0804743320 (ISBN13: 9780804743327)
God's Beauty Parlor opens the Bible to the contested body of critical commentary on sex and sexuality known as queer theory and to masculinity studies. Through a series of dazzling rereading’s staged not only in God's beauty parlor, but also in God's boudoir, locker room, and war room, the author pursues the themes of homoeroticism, masculinity, beauty, and violence through such texts as the Song of Songs, the Gospels, the Letter to the Romans, and the Book of Revelation.
Sons of the Church: The Witnessing of Gay Catholic Men
March 1st 2006
ISBN1560235810 (ISBN13: 9781560235811)
Sons of the Church: The Witnessing of Gay Catholic Men spotlights testimonials from over thirty gay Catholic men to answer the question, "How can you be gay and Catholic?" Dr. Thomas B. Stevenson, who received degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Boston College, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, explores this question, using various interviews to thoroughly analyze the many dimensions of being gay and Catholic while providing a powerful and convincing criticism of Church teaching on homosexuality. This thoughtful, surprisingly reverent book is the answer for those gay readers who long for a religious connection, as well as for Catholic readers and those in pastoral positions who want and need to hear the stories of gay people firsthand.
The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement: Campaigning for Justice, Truth and Love
July 28th 1998
ISBN0304337781 (ISBN13: 9780304337781)
Founded in 1976, LGCM has become the largest and most prominent group fighting to bring about change in the Christian Church's traditional and deeply entrenched homophobic attitudes towards gay and lesbian sexuality. The first section of this book provides a history of the movement which seeks to portray its aims and activities within the broader context of social and religious change over the past twenty years, and includes a critical analysis of the impact of the growth of the religious right and of the AIDS crisis upon campaigns for gay and lesbian liberation. This is followed by a representative selection of previously unpublished personal testimonies, pamphlets and articles from the movement's archives.
The Gay Catechism: Explaining the LGBT Christian
August 16th 2016
When people see the religious debate on homosexuality, they often believe it to be a one sided issue because of the prominence of anti-gay leaders being exposed to public media, what does the other side of the debate have to say? The Gay Catechism: Explaining the LGBT Christian gives you an inside look at the debate based on the issues of biblical interpretation, defying religious freedom, and how someone can be gay and Christian. Gay or straight, religious or not, this book opens people to the side of the argument that believes God loves his LGBT children.
Gay Catholic Priests and Clerical Sexual Misconduct: Breaking the Silence
June 20th 2005
ISBN1560235365 (ISBN13: 9781560235361)
Gay Catholic Priests and Clerical Sexual Misconduct: Breaking the Silence is a compelling indictment of Roman Catholic teachings on homosexuality and sexuality. Inspired by The Silence of Sodom: Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism, Mark Jordan's controversial examination of homoeroticism in American Catholic culture, this groundbreaking book examines how the current crisis of clerical abuse affects and stigmatizes gay priests living in a climate of hysteria and condemnation. The book's contributors, an eclectic mix of scholars and clerics, question whether the church can survive centuries of secrets and scandals.
Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships
July 6th 2014
Rather than embracing the conflict around gay relationships as an opportunity for the church to talk honestly about human sexuality, Christians continue to hurt one another with the same tired arguments that divide us along predictable political battle lines. If the world is to "know that we are Christians by our love," the church needs to discover better ways to live out the deep unity we share in Christ as we engage with politics and our world. In Oriented to Faith, Tim Otto tells the story of his struggle with being gay and what that taught him about the gospel. With an authentic and compelling personal voice, Tim invites us to explore how God is at work in the world, even amidst the most difficult circumstances, redeeming and transforming the church through this difficult debate.
Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community
March 25th 2009
ISBN0830836268 (ISBN13: 9780830836260)
When three of Andrew Marin's friends came out to him in the span of three months, he was confronted head-on with the question of how to reconcile his friends with his faith. Love Is an Orientation is the result of years of wrestling with this issue. In the book, Marin speaks out with compassion and conviction, elevating the conversation between Christianity and the GLBT community so that the focus is moved from genetics to gospel, where it really belongs.
Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires
May 11th 2010
ISBN1556438796 (ISBN13: 9781556438790)
Reconciling queerness with religion has always been an enormous challenge. When the religion is Orthodox Judaism, the task is even more daunting. This anthology takes on that challenge by giving voice to genderqueer Jewish women who were once silenced—and effectively rendered invisible—by their faith. Keep Your Wives Away from Them tells the story of those who have come out, who are still closeted, living double lives, or struggling to maintain an integrated "single life" in relationship to traditional Judaism—personal stories that are both enlightening and edifying. While a number of films and books have explored the lives of queer people in Orthodox and observant Judaism, only this one explores in depth what happens after the struggle, when the real work of building integrated lives begins.
God Comes Out: A Queer Homiletic
October 3rd 2007
ISBN0829817301 (ISBN13: 9780829817300)
This book offers practical suggestions about how to initiate liberating conversations about sexual differences.
Conservative Christian Identity & Same Sex Orientation: The Case Of Gay Mormons
November 1st 2004
ISBN0820474800 (ISBN13: 9780820474809)
Like many conservative Christian faiths, Mormonism instills a strong sense of loyalty and deep religious feelings in its members. The church also teaches that homosexuality is abnormal and sinful. Thus, gay Mormons must learn to manage conflicting religious and sexual identities. This sociological study of the lives and struggles of gay members of the Mormon church is based on interviews with a large sample of gay Mormons and discussions with Mormon church leaders. The plight of gay Mormons is examined as part of a larger struggle over the place of homosexuality in American Christianity.
Crossdressing in Context, vol. 4 Transgender & Religion
January 29th 2009
ISBN0615253563 (ISBN13: 9780615253565)
Much debate exists over the proper religious perspective on transgender realities and people. This volume examines transgender in the major world religions. Extensive consideration is given to Christianity, including the arguments presented both against transgender behaviors and by supporters of transgender people.
Quench! Refreshing devotionals by gay, trans, and affirming Christians
January 1st, 2009
ISBN0971929629 (ISBN13: 9780971929623)
This is not your typical book of daily devotions! Join this unique group of writers in daily mediation, and quench your spiritual thirst with heart-felt, real-world reflections by fellow Christians who are lesbian, gay, transgender, straight and affirming, lay and clergy. You will find yourself never thirsty with the living water poured out in Quench!
God, Science, Sex, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics
May 20th 2010
ISBN0252077245 (ISBN13: 9780252077241)
God, Sex, Science, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics is a timely, wide-ranging attempt to rescue dialogues on human sexuality, sexual diversity, and gender from insular exchanges based primarily on biblical scholarship and denominational ideology. Too often, dialogues on sexuality and gender devolve into the repetition of party lines and defensive postures, without considering the interdisciplinary body of scholarly research on this complex subject. This volume expands beyond the usual parameters, opening the discussion to scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to foster the development of Christian sexual ethics for contemporary times.
Islamic Law and Muslim Same-Sex Unions
October 3rd 2016
ISBN0739189379 (ISBN13: 9780739189375)
This book is written with the objective of reasonably addressing the need of Muslim gays and lesbians for a life which involves intimacy, affection and companionship within the confines of a legal contract. Contemporary conservative Muslim leaders unreasonably promote false marriages with straight spouses, failing which they prescribe the "solution" of permanent celibacy as a "test." This book delves into an extensive scholarship on the same sources that conservative Muslim leaders draw on--the Qur'an, Hadith and jurisprudence. It is argued that the primary sources of Muslim knowledge addressed sexual acts between the same gender in the context of inhospitality, exploitation, coercion and disease, but not true same-sex unions; past Muslim scholarship is silent on the issue of sexual orientation and Muslim same-sex unions.
The Outing: A Gay Christian's Journey Towards Self-Acceptance
March 8th 2017
We're told that God loves us just as we are, yet so many people condemn those who are gay. This dilemma drives one youth, Grant, to embark on an outing that will open his mind and forever change his life. In this story of a courageous youth, we discover the boldness to believe, and the wisdom to become our true selves.
Facing the Music: My Story
October 7th 2014
ISBN1476759472 (ISBN13: 9781476759470)
Jennifer Knapp's meteoric rise in the Christian music industry ended abruptly when she walked away and came out publicly as a lesbian. This is her story: of coming to Christ, of building a career, of admitting who she is, and of how her faith remained strong through it all. At the top of her career in the Christian music industry, Jennifer Knapp quit. A few years later, she publicly revealed she is gay. A media frenzy ensued, and many of her former fans were angry with what they saw as turning her back on God. But through it all, she held on to the truth that had guided her from the beginning.
Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred: Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives
December 14th 2011
ISBN0415783046 (ISBN13: 9780415783040)
Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred is a thoughtful collection of bisexual, polysexual and pansexual scholarship on religion and spirituality. It examines how religious and spiritual traditions address sexuality, whilst also exploring the ways in which bisexually-, polysexuals-, and pansexually-active people embrace religious and spiritual practice. The volume offers a comprehensive analysis of these prevalent themes by focusing on five main areas of discussion: Christian and Unitarian Discourses; Indigenous and Decolonizing Spiritual Discourses; Feminist Spiritual Discourses; Buddhist Discourses; and Neo/Pagan Discourses.
A Christian Lesbian Journey: A Continuation of Long Road to Love
February 12th 2007
ISBN1419659871 (ISBN13: 9781419659874)
An autobiographic faith journey of a lesbian couple as they deal with breast cancer and their God given sexual orientation. Darlene was a former leader in the ex-gay movement and her journey into truth will move you deeply.
This Remarkable Gift: Being Gay and Catholic
October 1st 1997
ISBN1742696996 (ISBN13: 9781742696997)
A parish priest shows how it is possible to be gay and Catholic if we understand homosexuality as a gift from God.
Effects of Conservative Religion on Lesbian and Gay Clients and Practitioners: Practice Interventions
December 15th 2010
ISBN0871014009 (ISBN13: 9780871014009)
Heterosexism plays a key role in the views of conservative churches about lesbian and gay people. Effects of Conservative Religion on Lesbian and Gay Clients and Practitioners: Practice Interventions offers a comprehensive study of the effects that conservative religious views have on gay and lesbian clients and on the social service practitioners who work with them.
Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture
June 1st 1978
This controversial work, published in 1978 by Fag Rag Press, investigates the historical relationship between homosexuality and paganism with a focus on old Europe and the persecution of pagans by Christians during the early formation of the Christian religion. It compares this history with present-day LGBT culture with an intent to show how the current persecution and marginalization of queer people is an extension of a history of religious intolerance.
Fortunate Families: Catholic Families With Lesbian Daughters And Gay Sons
ISBN1412011892 (ISBN13: 9781412011891)
Explores the lived experience of Catholic parents who love their gay children and their Church. Includes illuminating stories, survey results, and a discussion of church documents.
Take Back the Word: a queer reading of the bible
November 15th 2000
ISBN0829813977 (ISBN13: 9780829813975)
Perhaps the most revolutionary contribution of this volume is in its presentation of new and resistant practices of reading the Bible that challenge some of the prevailing "authorized" patterns of reading that allow the Bible to "clobber" oppressed people...If lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender, and seeking people are to take back this word for themselves, they must take it back in a new way.
What Jesus Would Say to a Lesbian Couple
December 14th 2015
My exposition of this very sensitive topic will be divided into five chapters. This “enhanced version” of my original book adds two additional chapters that explore nonviolent confrontation as an effective way to follow Jesus in responding to the Christian Taliban in our midst. Ch1 Early experiences and how my mind has changed. I begin with my personal experience because, when everything is said and done, my concrete encounters with homosexuals massively impact how I register their place in society and in the churches. In this, there is no neutral starting point for me or for anyone else. No matter how many degrees one has earned or how many ordinations that one has experienced, no one can escape their personal experiential base. Anyone denying this is not sufficiently self-aware and cannot be trusted.
Transgender, Intersex, and Biblical Interpretation
June 27th 2016
WIn this volume Hornsby and Guest introduce readers to terms for the various identities of trans people and how the Bible can be an affirmation of those deemed sexually other by communities. This book offers readings of well known (e.g., Gen 1; Revelation) and not so well known (2 Sam 6; Jer 38) narratives to illustrate that the Bible has been translated and interpreted with a bias that makes heterosexuality and a two sex, two gender system natural, and thus divinely ordained. The authors present examples that show gender was never a binary, and in the Bible gender and sex are always dynamic categories that do, and must, transition.
A Time to Embrace: Same-Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics
December 15th 200
ISBN0802866956 (ISBN13: 9780802866950)
In A Time to Embrace William Stacy Johnson brilliantly analyzes the religious, legal, and political debates about gay marriage, civil unions, and committed gay couples. This new edition includes updates that reflect the many changes in laws pertaining to civil unions / same-sex marriage since 2006.
The Cross in the Closet
October 2nd 2012
Timothy Kurek, raised within the confines of a strict, conservative Christian denomination in the Bible Belt, Nashville, Tennessee, was taught the gospel of separation from a young age. But it wasn’t long before Timothy’s path and the outside world converged when a friend came out as a lesbian, and revealed she had been excommunicated by her family. Distraught and overcome with questions and doubts about his religious upbringing, Timothy decided the only way to empathize and understand her pain was to walk in the shoes of very people he had been taught to shun. He decided to come out as a gay man to everyone in his life, and to see for himself how the label of gay would impact his life.
Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith
July 1st 2018
ISBN1506408966 (ISBN13: 9781506408965)
In Outside the Lines, Mihee shows us how God, in Jesus, is oriented toward us in a queer and radical way. Through the life, work, and witness of Jesus, we see a God who loves us with a queer love. And our faith in that God becomes a queer spirituality--a spirituality that crashes through definitions and moves us outside of the categories of our making. Whenever we love ourselves and our neighbors with the boundary-breaking love of God, we live out this queer spirituality in the world. With a captivating mix of personal story and biblical analysis, Outside the Lines shows us how each of our bodies fits into the body of Christ. Outside the lines and without exceptions.
Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition
February 24th 2005
ISBN0299190943 (ISBN13: 9780299190941)
Wrestling with God and Men is the product of Rabbi Steven Greenberg's ten-year struggle to reconcile his homosexuality with Orthodox Judaism. Employing traditional rabbinic resources, Greenberg presents readers with surprising biblical interpretations of the creation story, the love of David and Jonathan, the destruction of Sodom, and the condemning verses of Leviticus. But Greenberg goes beyond the question of whether homosexuality is biblically acceptable to ask how such relationships can be sacred. In so doing, he draws on a wide array of nonscriptural texts to introduce readers to occasions of same-sex love in Talmudic narratives, medieval Jewish poetry and prose, and traditional Jewish case law literature.
The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision
July 15th 2014
ISBN194067140X (ISBN13: 9781940671406)
Meet Jesus as a gay man of today in a contemporary city with The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision. In stunning new images, the modern Christ figure is jeered by fundamentalists, tortured by Marine look-alikes, and rises again to enjoy homoerotic moments with God. His surprisingly diverse friends join him on a journey from suffering to freedom. Readers call it "accessible but profound." Some are moved to tears. The 24 paintings in the gay Passion cover Jesus' final days, including his arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection.
Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity
June 13th 2017
ISBN0062694316 (ISBN13: 9780062694317)
On the day after the Orlando nightclub shooting, James Martin S.J. posted a video on Facebook in which he called for solidarity with our LGBT brothers and sisters. "The largest mass shooting in US history took place at a gay club and the LGBT community has been profoundly affected," he began. He then implored his fellow Catholics—and people everywhere—to "stand not only with the people of Orlando but also with their LGBT brothers and sisters." A powerful call for tolerance, acceptance, and support—and a reminder of Jesus' message for us to love one another—Father Martin's post went viral and was viewed more than 1.6 million times.
Escaping God's Closet: The Revelations of a Queer Priest
March 1st 2001
ISBN0813920043 (ISBN13: 9780813920047)
He survived a turbulent childhood in war-torn London, earned degrees with honors from Cambridge University, was ordained in the Church of England, became an Anglican worker-priest, and emigrated to the United States. He has been a prolific broadcaster for the BBC, helped organize the Public Broadcasting System in America, was a founding chairman of National Public Radio, and became a senior management consultant for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He designed and directed the first system of suicide and crisis counseling centers in California (a model for later centers nationwide) and helped found the Parsonage, an Episcopalian ministry on behalf of gay rights in the Castro section of San Francisco. And all the while, Bernard Duncan Mayes struggled to reconcile his views on sexuality- and his experience as a gay man--with his theological and cultural beliefs.
Gays and Grays: The Story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish
August 1st 2007
ISBN0739119370 (ISBN13: 9780739119372)
Gays and Grays tells the story of a unique Catholic parish. Most Holy Redeemer Parish in San Francisco is in the center of the world's first gay neighborhood, The Castro. This parish was the center of the hostility to the arriving gay population in the 1970s; but paradoxically was itself transformed into a welcoming parish. The old time parishioners, "the gray," bonded with the new comers, "the gay, " particularly in a joint compassionate response to the crisis of AIDS. A charismatic pastor, FR Tony McGuire also played a key role in the transformation of this interesting parish. Most Holy Redeemer was changed from a dying parish to a vital place where gay and straight people together created something new.
Confessions of a Gay Priest: A Memoir of Sex, Love, Abuse, and Scandal in the Catholic Seminary
April 15th 2020
ISBN1609387090 (ISBN13: 9781609387099)
Tom Rastrelli is a survivor of clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse who then became a priest in the early days of the Catholic Church’s ongoing scandals. Confessions of a Gay Priest divulges the clandestine inner workings of the seminary, providing an intimate and unapologetic look into the psychosexual and spiritual dynamics of celibacy and lays bare the “formation” system that perpetuates the cycle of abuse and cover-up that continues today. Under the guidance of a charismatic college campus minister, Rastrelli sought to reconcile his homosexuality and childhood sexual abuse. When he felt called to the priesthood, Rastrelli began the process of “priestly discernment.”
What God Has Joined Together? A Christian Case for Gay Marriage
May 31st 2005
ISBN0060774614 (ISBN13: 9780060774615)
Gay marriage has become the most important domestic social issue facing twenty-first-century Americans -- particularly Americans of faith. Most Christians are pro-marriage and hold traditional family values, but should they endorse extending marriage rights to gays and lesbians? If Jesus enjoined us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and the homosexual is our neighbor, does that mean we should accept and bless gay marriages? These and other, related questions are tearing many faith-based communities apart.
The Gay Gospels: Good News for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People
October 16th 2011
ISBN1846945488 (ISBN13: 9781846945489)
The place of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in the Christian churches is a highly controversial issue. The stance of all the mainline churches is that homosexuality is sinful and incompatible with Christianity. In seeking to respond to attacks on their lives, identities and relationships LGBT Christians have moved over recent decades from a defensive position to a more affirmative position which asserts that there is evidence in the Bible and the Jesus tradition of validated homoerotic experience. This book presents a systematic overview of both the defensive and affirmative positions. In part one, The Defensive Testament, each of the so-called 'biblical texts of terror' used to demonize LGBT people is considered in turn and found wanting. None of them has anything to say about consensual same sex love.
Art That Dares: Gay Jesus, Woman Christ, and More
March 1st 2007
ISBN1933993294 (ISBN13: 9781933993294)
Art that Dares to show Jesus as gay or female has been censored or destroyed. Now for the first time these beautiful, liberating, sometimes shocking images are gathered for all to see. Packed with full-page color illustrations, this eye- opening collection features a diverse group of eleven contemporary artists who work both inside and outside the church. They present the gay Jesus, the woman Christ, and other cutting-edge Christian images. Their art respects the teachings of Jesus and frees the minds of viewers to see in new ways. Here the artists tell the stories behind their art. A lively introduction puts the images into political and historical context, exploring issues of blasphemy and artistic freedom.
Unashamed: Coming Out of the Second Closet
September 28th 2010
Unashamed is compelling. Shawn Thomas tackles controversial political and spiritual issues such as same-sex marriage and Prop 8, gender inclusive language, LGBT party platforms, among others. He breaks the typical liberal mold for gay America and playfully opens the door for conversation. He passionately seeks authenticity, and despite our political standings, we gladly go for the ride.
Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground
November 22nd 2018
ISBN1108470157 (ISBN13: 9781108470155)
The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT) are strongly contested by certain faith communities, and this confrontation has become increasingly pronounced following the adjudication of a number of legal cases. As the strident arguments of both sides enter a heated political arena, it brings forward the deeply contested question of whether there is any possibility of both communities' contested positions being reconciled under the same law. This volume assembles impactful voices from the faith, LGBT advocacy, legal, and academic communities - from the Human Rights Campaign and ACLU to the National Association of Evangelicals and Catholic and LDS churches.
Question of Truth: Christianity and Homosexuality
August 1st 2003
ISBN0826459498 (ISBN13: 9780826459497)
Many Christians accept that 'homosexual acts are wrong' on the authority of the Church. For many others such teaching contradicts what they know to be the obvious truth. In this book Gareth Moore closely and dispassionately examines the bases of Christian 'anti-gay' arguments. Moore critically explores the language that we use to describe and define human sexuality and what this means for what we think we know about sex, identity and morality. At the center of this work is a thorough and revolutionary analysis of the Bible on homosexuality posing such questions as: Is there a unified biblical teaching on sex or homosexuality? Are we misreading the Bible by applying modern thinking and terms?
Is God anti-gay?: And other questions about homosexuality, the Bible and same-sex attraction
July 1st, 2013
ISBN1908762314 (ISBN13: 9781908762313)
It's the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view. So is God homophobic? And what do we say, and how do we relate to both Christians and non-Christians who experience same-sex attraction. In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures and offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate.
Homoeroticism in the Biblical World: A Historical Perspective
April 1st 2004
ISBN0800636457 (ISBN13: 9780800636456)
Nissinen's award-winning book surveys attitudes in the ancient world toward homoeroticism, that is, erotic same-sex relations. Focusing on the Bible and its cultural environment-Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Israel-Nissinen concisely and readably introduces the relevant sources and their historical contexts in a readable way. Homoeroticism is examined as a part of gender identity, i.e., the interplay of sexual orientation, gender identification, gender roles, and sexual practice. In the patriarchal cultures of the biblical world, Nissinen shows, homoerotic practices were regarded as a role construction between the active and passive partners rather than as expressions of an orientation moderns call "homosexuality."
Omnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach
December 31st 2001
ISBN0829814221 (ISBN13: 9780829814224)
This is a revised and expanded edition of Omnigender. This book bridges traditional religious doctrine and secular postmodern theory related to gender. Through an examination of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures and church history, and the exploration of other religions and cultures, the author honors the experiences of people who do not fit with the traditional binary concept of gender: intersexual, transsexual, or otherwise transgendered individuals. This edition includes a new preface, new section on the sexuality of Jesus, updated factual information, and insights from more than 36 recent sources.
Transforming: The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians
April 7th 2018
ISBN0664263100 (ISBN13: 9780664263102)
In 2014, Time magazine announced that America had reached “the transgender tipping point,” suggesting that transgender issues would become the next civil rights frontier. Years later, many people—even many LGBTQ allies—still lack understanding of gender identity and the transgender experience. Into this void, Austen Hartke offers a biblically based, educational, and affirming resource to shed light and wisdom on this modern gender landscape.
We Were Spiritual Refugees: A Story to Help You Believe in Church
February 18th 2020
ISBN0802877788 (ISBN13: 9780802877789)
Katie Hays, planter-pastor of Galileo Church, shares the story of departing from the traditional church for the frontier of the spiritual-but-not-religious and building community with Jesus-loving (or at least Jesus-curious) outsiders. Now well- established, Galileo Church “seeks and shelters spiritual refugees” in the suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas—especially young adults, LGBTQ+ people, and all the people who love them. Told in funny, poignant, and short vignettes, Galileo's story is not one of how to be cool for Christ. Like its founder, Galileo is deeply uncool and deeply devout, and always straining ahead to see what God will do next. Hays says curiosity is her greatest virtue, and she recounts how her curiosity led her to share the good news with people who are half her age and intensely skeptical.
Weathering Change: Gays and Lesbians, Christian Conservatives, and Everyday Hostilities
September 1st 2003
ISBN0814751881 (ISBN13: 9780814751886)
The Pacific Northwest is known for its diverse, unusual politics. There are thriving gay and lesbian communities and populations of staunchly conservative Christians. Both groups wield political power out of proportion to their numbers and yet both feel beleaguered. How do members of these groups--both community leaders and everyday citizens-- perceive the political climates that surround them
The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir
May 17th 2008
ISBN0393059847 (ISBN13: 9780393059847)
Paul Moore's vocation as an Episcopal priest took him—with his wife Jenny and a family that grew to nine children—from robber-baron wealth to work among the urban poor of postwar America, prominence as an activist bishop in Washington during the Johnson years, leadership in the civil rights and peace movements, and two decades as the bishop of New York. The Bishop's Daughter is a daughter's story of that complex, visionary man: a chronicle of her turbulent relationship with a father who struggled privately with his sexuality while she openly explored hers, and a searching account of the consequences of sexual secrets. With a depth of questioning that recalls James Carroll's An American Requiem, this memoir engages the reader in the great issues of American life: war, race, family, sexuality, and faith.
A Book of Prayer: For Gay and Lesbian Christians
May 1st 2002
ISBN082451937X (ISBN13: 9780824519377)
A new prayer book honoring the sacred gay and lesbian life.
Mourning and Celebration: Jewish, Orthodox and Gay, Past & Present
August 14th 2009
ISBN144868238X (ISBN13: 9781448682386)
Have you ever wondered how life would have been, had you been born one hundred years earlier? Mourning and Celebration is how author K. David Brody answers that question. Yankl lives in a 19th-century Polish shtetl. And he's gay. Within the framework of conversations with his alter ego who lives in a 19th-century Polish shtetl, the narrator learns how a gay, Orthodox Jew like himself managed to emerge from the social pressures of his community. Yankl is a brilliant scholar, a talented violinist, an only son and gay. Although blessed with social skills, he feels isolated as a young teenager. Subsequently, we follow his development through intense relationships with his family, rabbis and lovers. This is a story of a personal search for validation and human rights, in a context where that concept was not yet understood.
Peculiar Faith: Queer Theology for Christian Witness
March 1st 2014
ISBN1596272503 (ISBN13: 9781596272507)
Designed for both church and academic audiences - Ecumenical appeal Residing at the intersection of constructive theology and critical social theory, this book provides a resource for both students and clergy to reinterpret Christian theology and re-imagine Christian faith in the twenty-first century. The author seeks "to encourage and equip Christian faith communities to move beyond the decades-long stalemate over human sexuality and gender identity" because "Queer gifts emerge in Christian communities when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people no longer feel compelled to justify their presence in those communities.
Gay Male Christian Couples: Life Stories
June 25th 1997
ISBN0275957306 (ISBN13: 9780275957308)
The lives of sixty-eight gay male Christian couples in Britain are documented in this well-written and important study. Despite the lack of social support and religious affirmation, these men have succeeded in establishing meaningful and fulfilling partnerships. Focusing on the internal and external dimensions of their partnerships, the book presents extensive interview data that illustrates how these couples manage their partner
Jesus Acted Up: A Gay and Lesbian Manifesto
May 28th 1993
ISBN0060633190 (ISBN13: 9780060633196)
Gay activist and former Jesuit priest Goss rejects the imperial Christ of institutional religion and embraces the radical activist Jesus of the Gospels. Goss calls on church leaders to make their churches truly open to gay and lesbian Christians.
Same-Sex Dynamics among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example
July 1st 1996
ISBN0252069587 (ISBN13: 9780252069581)
Winner of the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association and named one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly, D. Michael Quinn's Same-Sex Dynamics among Nineteenth-Century Americans has elicited critical acclaim as well as controversy. Using Mormonism as a case study of the extent of early America's acceptance of same-sex intimacy, Quinn examines several examples of long-term relationships among Mormon same- sex couples and the environment in which they flourished before the onset of homophobia in the late 1950s.
Gay Catholic: An Oxymoron
July 10th 2016
A few months back, I entered into a discussion with a homosexual acquaintance about the Roman Catholic Church. He immediately cut me off, shouting that “Gay Catholic” is an oxymoron. I contend that “gay Catholic ” is just as normal and natural as any other Catholic person. The underlying fact is, Catholics are Christians.
Queer Religiosities: An Introduction to Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion
February 17th 2020
ISBN1442275685 (ISBN13: 9781442275683)
Queer Religiosities is the first comprehensive, comparative, and globally focused introduction to queer and transgender studies in religion. Addressing sophisticated topics in clear and accessible language, award-winning teacher and scholar Melissa M. Wilcox brings her engaging lecture style into conversation with the work of scholars around the globe to welcome students into these rapidly growing fields.
Islam and Homosexuality
November 1st 2009
ISBN0313379009 (ISBN13: 9780313379000)
The place of sexual and gender minorities in the contemporary Islamic world is the subject of fascinating new directions in research and scholarly thought. "Islam and Homosexuality" gathers together 20 experts exploring these issues to provide an expansive look at the treatment of same-sex interactions in Muslim cultures today. "Islam and Homosexuality" offers one volume on the specific experiences of gay Muslims today and a second volume viewing the issue from a global perspective. Essays explore the lives of LGBTIQ persons in both Islamic nations and Muslim communities in non- Islamic countries. Additional writings explore the roots of homophobia in the theology of Islam, the various judgments against homosexuality in the different schools of Islamic law, and the potential scriptural basis for including LGBTIQ persons in the Muslim community.
Soulfully Gay: How Harvard, Sex, Drugs, and Integral Philosophy Drove Me Crazy and Brought Me Back to God
May 8th 2007
ISBN1590304187 (ISBN13: 9781590304181)
Soulfully Gay is a personal memoir of an intellectually rigorous gay man wrestling with fundamental issues of meaning and self-acceptance. Joe Perez finds himself on a quest to understand what it means to be gay at the intersection of conflicts between homosexuality and Christianity, faith and skepticism, mysticism and madness. His journey unfolds amid challenges to his health as a recovering addict, a survivor of a psychotic episode, and a man living with AIDS. Joe is able to integrate seemingly contradictory elements—his Roman Catholic upbringing versus his openly gay lifestyle, his authentic mystical experiences versus the delusions for which he was hospitalized.
Antiquities of the Jews - a Gay Jewish Man's Search for Truth
December 16th 2009
These religious books are from my youth, my study and journey as a Gay Jewish youth trying to find himself in a world at war in the 1970’s the confusion of the 1980’s and the upheavals of the 1990’s. How many years would it take before myself and other Jewish men would realize that the answers we were looking for were right before us, in the texts and teaching handed down through the generations?Here then are those texts, teaching and study that gave me understanding to who I was and who I am, a Jew first, a gay man second.
Transgendering Faith: Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality
December 1st 2004
ISBN0829814949 (ISBN13: 9780829814941)
Transgendering Faith is a resource to help churches respond with love and care to transgender people in our society, both those within the Christian community and those who find themselves - unhappily - outside its doors. It is also a book for transgender Christians, their families, pastoral counselors, and clergy.
The Trans-Evangelist: The Life and Times of a Transgender Pentecostal Preacher
November 28th 2012
ISBN1893075230 (ISBN13: 9781893075238)
"I want to go on living after my death, so that the message that God has given me to preach will continue to bless and help future generations of LGBT youth in their struggle for identity." -- Sister Paula Nielsen This is why Sister Paula, an open transgender Christian, spent seven years writing her autobiography "The Trans Evangelist," a document that scans seven decades. Her story is a unique journey that the reader will find fascinating, entertaining, and spiritually uplifting. Paula says: "So many people are living dull and uneventful lives because they are being what society expects them to be, rather than being the person they really are." Paula has had the courage to step out and be herself, swimming against the current of popular opinion of her time. Her life is checkered with controversy.
October 30th 2009
ISBN0334043433 (ISBN13: 9780334043430)
Trans/formations is a new addition to SCM's Controversies in Contextual Theology series. Like anything coming from Marcella Althaus-Reid and Lisa Isherwood, it is controversial and challenging as well as highly original. The book will: make visible a range of trans lived experience [transgendered; transsexual] ; offer theological reflection on these experiences ; create challenging theology from this experiential base ; provide a resource for churches and theology students not to date available.
THE LGBT BIBLE: Contemplations On Christ Consciousness
January 7th 2014
Poetic and mystical, this contemporary humanitarian literature teaches that the doctrine of Christ does not admonish same gender intimacy. Judgmentalism and intolerance against the LGBT community in the church erodes the power of Christ consciousness and weakens Christine fellowship. The LGBT BIBLE is as controversial as it is empowering, identifying the disparity between the old and new testaments. This book dispels dogmatic mis-truths about what Christianity truly means in 24 synoptic contemplations written in contemporary ecclesiastical prose reminiscent of Gibran. Truly beautiful literature.
Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism
November 10th 2015
ISBN0807033472 (ISBN13: 9780807033470)
Most of what we think we know about evangelicals is wrong, or is well on its way to being outdated. Generational changes and the shifting racial make-up of evangelical Christians are changing what we think of as evangelical culture and politics. Today’s young evangelicals are more likely than their elders to accept same-sex marriage, more inclined to think of “pro-life” issues as being about support for the poor, and more accepting of equality between men and women. Those on the leading edge of progressive evangelicalism—white, black, Asian, and Hispanic, as well as straight and LGBTQ, believers—are working to change the substance of evangelicalism and to wrest power away from conservative Christians.
May 1st 1999
ISBN1555834450 (ISBN13: 9781555834456)
When Stuart Miller came out to his family in 1992, he knew their reaction would be extreme. His father, a born-again Christian since Stuart was a child, had founded the ultraconservative Believer's Chapel and believed homosexuality to be a "sin unto death." But Miller was not prepared for the swift and terrifying maelstrom unleashed by his family against him. A brigade of "prayer warriors" organized by his father began bombarding him with wave after wave of letters and phone calls, each conveying a similar message of hate and threats: "God can change you or kill you." Prayer Warriors paints a frightening picture of the tactics used by the extreme religious right against even the most loving of sons, yet it also provides an inspiring message of hope and triumph, chronicling Miller's coming to terms with his life, his family, and his God.
Transgender Christians In Chains
January 9th 2014
This is the poignant and revealing story of Bobby Lang’s struggles through confusion, personal discovery and spiritual revelation. As a young adolescent boy, Bobbie wanted above all things to find God’s perfect plan for his life and to shield his family from embarrassment concerning his gender identification. In this autobiography Bobbie guides the reader through the complications and challenges to become an Eagle Scout and his search for his manhood in the jungles of Viet Nam.
Taking a Chance on God: Liberating Theology for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Lovers, Families, and Friends
October 1st 1988
ISBN0807079456 (ISBN13: 9780807079454)
Taking a Chance on God explores how lesbians and gay men can claim both a positive gay identity and a fulfilling life of Christian faith.
Saint Unshamed: A Gay Mormon's Life: Healing from the Shame of Religion, Rape, Conversion Therapy & Cancer
April 27th 2019
Telling about his experiences during his four years at BYU--the rape, falling in love for the first time, police surveillance, harassment and arrest, while enduring three years of conversion therapy, including two years of electroshock treatments--provide the structure of Kerry Ashton's memoir. But intermittently he shares memories from growing up Mormon in Pocatello, Idaho, and from his adulthood. In one episode, the author talks about his mother's passing, and how he unconsciously blamed himself for her death. In others, Kerry describes some of the battles with his religious father, and how he and his Dad eventually came to forgive each other.
Compassion Without Compromise
October 14th 2014
ISBN0764212400 (ISBN13: 9780764212406)
In their role as pastors, Adam Barr and Ron Citlau have seen how this issue can tear apart families, friendships, and even churches. In this book they combine biblical answers with practical, real-world advice on how to think about and discuss this issue with those you care about. They also tell the story of Ron's personal journey from same-sex attraction and sexual brokenness to healing.
A Struggling Mormon
May 6th, 2018
A Struggling Mormon from a conservative household must come to terms and accept his sexuality identity as a gay man. He experiences his first love while contending with family and religion in this heart warming and heart breaking tale of life's beauty in spite of adversity.
Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ: Intersex Conditions and Christian Theology
August 15th 2010
ISBN184553669X (ISBN13: 9781845536695)
The book provides the first full-length examination of the theological implications of physical intersex conditions and their medical treatment. Mainstream Christian theology has valued the integrity of the body and the goodness of God reflected in creation, but has also set much store by the "complementarity" of "normal" male and female physiology. However, a deconstruction of male and female as essential or all-embracing human categories changes conceptions of legitimate bodiliness and of what it means for human sex to reflect God. Theologies which value incarnation and bodiliness must speak with stigmatized or marginal bodies too: the Body of Christ is comprised of human members, and each member thereby changes the Body's definition of itself.
May 8th 2013
This book is written to give voice to the thousands of voices in the Catholic Church that feel the way I do and to give hope, albeit just a little, to those who struggle with the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality. What follows are some of my reflections on what it means to negotiate life as a gay priest in the Catholic Church, to struggle with self and hierarchy, and to move from silence and shame to hope and forgiveness.
The Bible, Christianity, & Homosexuality
July 14th 2008
ISBN1438249616 (ISBN13: 9781438249612)
There are many commendable books on the Bible and homosexuality which span anywhere from a hundred to several hundred pages in length. For the curious, such books can sometimes be inaccessible or more than they really want to read. "The Bible, Christianity, & Homosexuality" is a concise yet profound analysis of the Bible verses often misused to condemn gay and lesbian Christians. This study was written to be accessible to all, indeed, something family members and friends of gay and lesbian Christians might actually take the time to read. The Los Angeles Times describes this work as "an illuminating...analysis that argues the Bible doesn't condemn faithful gay relationships."
Mentsh: On Being Jewish and Queer
August 15th 2004
ISBN1555838502 (ISBN13: 9781555838508)
Tossed between sometimes contradictory cultural imperatives, queer Jews often find themselves in a soul-searching struggle to integrate their religious beliefs with their gayness. Over 30 contributors from around the world (including Israel, Serbia, and Australia) reveal their surprising, poignant, sometimes hilarious experiences in ways that offer a staggering perspective on issues of identity, institutions and culture from the viewpoint of the queer outsider struggling to belong. Contributors include: Bruce Shenitz, Leslea Newman, Bonnie J. Morris, Aaron Hamburger, and Simon Sheppard.
Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship
June 27th 2011
ISBN1589835522 (ISBN13: 9781589835528)
The essays in "Bible Trouble" all engage queer theories for purposes of biblical interpretation, a rare effort to date within biblical scholarship. The title phrase Bible Trouble plays on Judith Butler's "Gender Trouble," gesturing toward a primary text for contemporary queer theory. The essays consider, among others, the Lazarus story, the Ethiopian eunuch, gender trouble in Judges 4 and 5, the Song of Songs, and an unorthodox coupling of the books of Samuel and the film "Paris Is Burning." This volume troubles not only the boundaries between biblical scholarship and queer theory but also the boundaries between different frameworks currently used in the analysis of biblical literature, including sexuality, gender, race, class, history, and literature.
Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity
May 17th 2016
ISBN0807061344 (ISBN13: 9780807061343)
In Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and Why Christians Should Care, Edman posits that Christianity, at its scriptural core, incessantly challenges its adherents to rupture false binaries, to “queer” lines that pit people against one another. Thus, Edman asserts that Christianity, far from being hostile to queer people, is itself inherently queer. Arguing from the heart of scripture, she reveals how queering Christianity—that is, disrupting simplistic ways of thinking about self and other—can illuminate contemporary Christian faith. Pushing well past the notion that “Christian love = tolerance,” Edman offers a bold alternative: the recognition that queer people can help Christians better understand their fundamental calling, and the creation of sacred space where LGBTQ Christians are seen as gifts to the church.
Latter-Gay Saints: An Anthology of Gay Mormon Fiction
July 1st 2013
ISBN1590212649 (ISBN13: 9781590212646)
Latter-Gay Saints brings together twenty-five exemplary short works depicting a variety of perspectives of what it means to be both Mormon and queer. Some portray characters determined to reconcile their sexuality with the Mormon faith in accordance with its constantly evolving teachings and policies. The majority present the realities of queer Mormons who have come to terms with their sexuality in a variety of alternative ways. Others are written from outside the Mormon community, commenting on often strange encounters with Mormons who are gay. These stories are also of value for the broader GLBT community revealing similarities that people of faith, regardless of which faith, face in attempting to negotiate their religious heritage with their homosexuality. Some in the GLBT community find a way, while others do not, leaving their faith or having it ripped from them. They are all individuals searching for answers to life's puzzles.
Faithful to the Truth
January 26th 2015
Why should a faithful lay Catholic resist the official teaching of the Church in the matter of homosexuality? If sexuality were some minor technical concern, then the role of a lay Catholic would be to accept the official line of the Magisterium and to get on with their life. However, sexuality can not be dismissed as insignificant, as the Vatican itself admits. Moreover, it is the battle ground upon which the Curia has chosen to fight a last stand against Modernity. Hence, it is necessary to take a stand on this question as a matter of “hungering and thirsting for justice.”
Gay Catholics: Let Love Win
June 7th 2015
This is the first edition of the LGBTQ Book Project by D. Dan Cefa - stories to help Catholics come out of the closet. In this edition I share my own story. I hope this book touches you in many ways. Stay tuned for the next edition.
Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That's When My Nightmare Began
March 1st 2016
ISBN0062374605 (ISBN13: 9780062374608)
When Alex Cooper was fifteen years old, life was pretty ordinary in her sleepy suburban town and nice Mormon family. At church and at home, Alex was taught that God had a plan for everyone. But something was gnawing at her that made her feel different. These feelings exploded when she met Yvette, a girl who made Alex feel alive in a new way, and with whom Alex would quickly fall in love. Alex knew she was holding a secret that could shatter her family, her church community, and her life. Yet when this secret couldn’t be hidden any longer, she told her parents that she was gay, and the nightmare began. She was driven from her home in Southern California to Utah, where, against her will, her parents handed her over to fellow Mormons who promised to save Alex from her homosexuality.
The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical's Change of Heart
June 13th 2014
ISBN0664239900 (ISBN13: 9780664239909)
In the early 2000's, Mark Achtemeier embarked on a personal journey with the Bible that led him from being a conservative, evangelical opponent of gay rights to an outspoken activist for gay marriage and a fully inclusive church. In "The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage," Achtemeier shares what led to his change of heart: the problems with excluding groups of people and the insights into the Bible's message that led him to recognize the fullness of God's love and support for LGBT persons. Readers will discover how reading snippets of Scripture out of context has led to false and misleading interpretations of the Bible's message for gay people. Achtemeier shows how a careful reading of the whole Scripture reveals God's good news about love, marriage, and sexuality for gay and straight people alike.
In Pursuit: Confessions of a Gay Catholic Teenager
September 20th 2015
From same-sex attractions, porn, drinking, and being bullied… to dating, retreats, and encountering God in the Eucharist – AJ’s story is very real and very inspiring. Read about his journey of faith as he realizes that God has been pursuing his heart, even in the midst of the everyday trials and triumphs of his life.
Intersex, Theology, and the Bible: Troubling Bodies in Church, Text, and Society
July 9th 2015
ISBN113736615X (ISBN13: 9781137366153)
Intersex bodies, not easily classifiable as male or female, challenge the binary sex system operative in Western societies. They have often been pathologized, problematized, or altered via surgical intervention to make them less exceptional. Such bodies have been figured as troubling: by doctors; by parents; by religious institutions; and by society at large. In this volume, scholars engage with intersex from a range of perspectives, including constructive and pastoral theologies, biblical studies, and sociology of religion. This volume suggests that intersex's capacity to 'trouble' might also be understood positively, challenging unquestioned norms and dubious assumptions in religion and beyond.
Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians
March 12th 2019
ISBN0664265057 (ISBN13: 9780664265052)
On a daily basis, author and LGBTQ advocate Amber Cantorna receives emails asking the same question: How does one reconcile their sexuality with their faith? Depression, despair, and thoughts of suicide often haunt LGBTQ Christians as they feel unable to imagine the possibility of living a happy, fulfilling life as an LGBTQ person of faith. As the gay daughter of a thirty-plus-year executive of conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family, Amber lost everything when she came out as gay in 2012. However, her journey to embrace her authenticity brought her fulfillment and wisdom to share.
Five Uneasy Pieces: Essays on Scripture and Sexuality
January 19th 2011
ISBN1921817240 (ISBN13: 9781921817243)
The uneasy pieces of this book are well-written, challenging and stimulating. They come from the pen of Australian biblical scholars within the Anglican communion, who are skilled in both exegesis and hermeneutical theory. Each essay addresses the question of homosexuality in the Bible, looking at passages in the Old Testament and the New Testament which are often used as a basis for rejecting homosexuality in Christian ethics. Each essays argues, on the contrary, that there is no biblical warrant for condemning either a homosexual orientation or a faithful and committed homosexual relationship. The book, as a whole, makes it crystal clear that both sides of the debate take seriously the Bible as the inspired word of God, and both are seeking to discern the Scriptures in order to hear Gods voice speaking to us today.
Are There Closets in Heaven? A Catholic Father and Lesbian Daughter Share their Story
October 1st 2007
ISBN0929636791 (ISBN13: 9780929636795)
It's always difficult for a child to tell her parents she is gay, regardless of how liberal or conservative her family might be. When the daughter is part of a devout Catholic family living in a small rural community, the parent-child relationship is exposed to even greater risk, often beyond repair. A revealing first-person dialogue between a lesbian daughter, who had always dutifully tried to please her parents, and her Catholic father, an 81 yr. old Iowan farmer. Through their letters and reflections, we see how courage and love made it possible for them to navigate the twists and turns of such a dramatic shift in their lives. This highly personal and often emotional exchange offers a gift of hope and inspiration to families who struggle with learning their child is not what they expected.
Holy Terror: Lies the Christian Right Tells Us to Deny Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Equality
April 1st 2010
ISBN1593501838 (ISBN13: 9781593501839)
A deeply religious man who sees fundamentalism as "evangelical Christian orthodoxy gone cultic," Mel White believes that it is not a stretch to say that the true goals of today's fundamentalists are to break down the wall that separates church and state, superimpose their "moral values" on the US Constitution, replace democracy with theocratic rule, and ultimately create a new "Christian America" in their image. As he writes, "These are not just Neocons dressed in religious drag. These men see themselves as gurus called by God to rescue America from unrighteousness. They believe this is a Christian nation that must be returned forcibly to its Christian roots."
Confession of an Unrepentant Lesbian Ex-Mormon
March 1st 2005
ISBN0733315364 (ISBN13: 9780733315367)
In June 2003 Sue-Ann Post was invited to be the keynote speaker at the annual Affirmation conference in Salt Lake City. Affirmation is a group of gay and lesbian Mormons, a group that is reviled by the mainstream church body. As a lesbian ex-Mormon she simply had to go. Her early life had been shaped by her mother's fundamentalist devotion to the church, but she forcibly rejected it all when she realized that she was a lesbian. She became aggressively atheist in her views and took to ridiculing the religion in her stage show. Visiting the epicenter of Mormonism was bound to be a major head- spin ... the Confession of an Unrepentant Lesbian Ex-Mormon is Sue-Ann's intensely personal account of her time in Salt Lake City and her inner grappling with notions of faith, redemption, honesty and sexuality.
Reconciling Journey: A Devotional Workbook for Lesbian and Gay Christians
November 1st 2003
ISBN0829815694 (ISBN13: 9780829815696)
Does your sexual orientation separate you from your faith in Jesus? Does your faith in Jesus prevent you from accepting yourself as your creator made you?
The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives
October 12th 2006
ISBN0791468941 (ISBN13: 9780791468944)
The Family Flamboyant is a graceful and lucid account of the many routes to family formation. Weaving together personal experience and political analysis in an examination of how race, gender, sexuality, class, and other hierarchies function in family politics, Marla Brettschneider draws on her own experience in a Jewish, multiracial, adoptive, queer family in order to theorize about the layered realities that characterize families in the United States today. Brettschneider uses critical race politics, feminist insight, class-based analysis, and queer theory to offer a distinct and distinctly Jewish contribution to both the family debates and the larger project of justice politics.
Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism
January 15th 2014
ISBN0829819630 (ISBN13: 9780829819632)
Contrary to the popular image of Christian churches as gay-bashing homophobes--an image fostered by self-appointed spokesmen and microphone-grabbing evangelicals--progressive Protestant denominations ordain gays and lesbians and celebrate LGBT weddings, but it hasn't always been so. In the last decade, the principal ecumenical denominations--the Lutherans, the Presbyterians, the Episcopalians, and earlier the United Church of Christ--have adopted inclusive policies that have reversed long-standing exclusions that barred gays and lesbians from the pulpit and restricted clergy and congregations from celebrating covenant services of blessing and now marriage ceremonies.
The Courage to Be Queer
September 18th 2015
ISBN1498221912 (ISBN13: 9781498221917)
God is Queer. In a world of normative paradigms, God will never fit in and nor should we. That twitching and itching for something more will consistently be present until we step out of our closets and into the Queer. The Courage to Be Queer is about the wildness and beauty of an indescribable and uncontainable God. What is the Queer calling us to be? We are to be the ones shouting for justice. We are to be the ones dancing for freedom. We are to be the ones dreaming for hope. We are to be the ones .
Ministering to LGBT - And Those Who Love Them
February 1st 2016
ISBN194019735X (ISBN13: 9781940197357)
LEE ANN B. MARINO was not expecting anything extraordinary about her ministry call. Already having a bit of a reputation as a radical due to her vehemently unpopular views about women, working with the lesbian-gay-bisexual-and transgender community and their families was simply not in her plan. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, this was easy to do, because it was still not an issue that many people discussed in church. This was right up until, coinciding around the time that LGBT issues became front and center in society, Dr. Marino confronted the issue of caring about someone who was gay head on - and how that relationship changed her entire life.
Uncommon Love: God's Heart for Christian Parents of Gay Kids
August 7th 2018
Uncommon Love is a landmark Bible study and the first of its kind. In a culture where gay rights, gay marriage, and a surplus of gender issues have recently exploded in the media, more and more kids are coming out—and many of these are from Christian homes with Christian parents who don’t know what to do, how to respond, where to draw boundaries or if they even should. Scripture, which is the foundational basis for how to live the Christian life, has even been brought into question, further confusing the hearts and minds of Christian parents. Mary Comm presents a comprehensive navigational map for Christian parents whose kids (whether minor or adult) have Same-Sex Attraction or are living the LGB lifestyle.
The Pretend Years: The Survival of a Lesbian Catholic in a Close-Minded Midwestern City During the 50's and 60's
June 1st 2002
ISBN1403306354 (ISBN13: 9781403306357)
Oh, I don't know, it's just a book about growing up QUEER! I really hate that word - but there you have it. This book only scratches the surface of what it is like to grow up in a bigoted society, but I believe gets my point across. It also conveys what it's like to be taught by nuns who seemed to be crazed because of sexual starvation. What it is like to be raised by a grandmother who should have been a nun - she would have fit in so well. It's about a father she rarely saw and who always 'popped-up' in the wrong places and with the wrong person. It is about young queer love and young queers. I believe, though, it will appeal to straight people as well. They will hopefully see that love is love no matter what form it takes.
Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism
January 1st 1996
ISBN0226075923 (ISBN13: 9780226075921)
Love Between Women examines female homoeroticism and the role of women in the ancient Roman world. Employing an unparalleled range of cultural sources, Brooten finds evidence of marriages between women and establishes that condemnations of female homoerotic practices were based on widespread awareness of love between women.
Mind Your Head: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Suicidal Queer Christian Missionary Kid
September 17th 2015
What happens when a homosexual is brought up in a homophobic religion? In Mind Your Head, the author shares her unforgettable transformation from Jordan Callow, a suicidal anorexic, self-mutilating drug addict, to Jordan Cosmo, a healthy, enlightened, and empowered queer feminist. Born into the family of conservative Christian missionary parents, Jordan was raised to believe that she must obey God above all else, and that homosexuality had no place in His kingdom.
Why Theology Can't Save Us, And Other Essays on Being Gay and Mormon
September 29th 2010
John Gustav-Wrathall is a gay man who has been in a committed relationship with his same-sex partner for nearly two decades, who also, thirteen years into their relationship, realized he was still a believing Latter-day Saint. While many would insist that he choose between his husband or his Church, Gustav-Wrathall has written, "I could not reject either and remain a person of integrity. I could not be disloyal to either and not feel that at some level I was betraying both myself and God."
Romney's Gay America: Mormon Leaders, Same-Sex Rights -- Bridging the Gap
July 12th 2012
Should supporters of gay rights fear a Romney presidency? Do all Mormon politicians view homosexuality the same way? Should non-Mormons fear Mormons? "Romney’s Gay America: Mormon Leaders, Same-Sex Rights—Bridging the Gap" explores how Mormons have treated homosexuality in the past, how they treat it now, and what all this will mean for gay rights in the future. The relationship between gays and Mormons can improve, and the relationship between Mormons and everyone else can improve too. This book shows how these goals can be achieved in the here and now, in this, the era of gay rights, and Mormons.
That We Might Become God
April 15th 2015
ISBN1498200222 (ISBN13: 9781498200226)
Is it possible for orthodox, creedal Christianity to change its views on matters of sexuality and gender? In order to do so, must it simply incorporate elements of the secular world that are foreign to it? In That We Might Become God, Andy Buechel argues that many of the basic insights of queer theory are not only deeply amenable to the wider Christian tradition, but that they allow us to see that tradition with fresh eyes. The churches that are most concerned with maintaining theological tradition can, in fact, develop on these matters and, in so doing, deepen some of the most fundamental insights they cherish.Looking specifically at Christian teaching surrounding the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the sacraments, and eschatology, Andy Buechel shows how deeply queer these areas are already.
Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition
May 5th 1997
ISBN0231096607 (ISBN13: 9780231096607)
This text explores what it is like to be part of both the lesbian and Jewish communities, suggesting ways in which lesbians can reconcile these seemingly discordant elements of their identity. It advocates the acceptance of lesbians into the Jewish tradition by offering new interpretations of the Torah traditionally regarded as prohibitive of homosexuality. The book counters the millennia of Midrashim (scholarly comment on the Torah) condemning gays and lesbians, by examining the culture of biblical lawgivers and the culture of the commentators themselves.
Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community
October 1st 2014
In 2001, Kathy Baldock, a straight conservative evangelical Christian, met Netto Montoya, a lesbian Native American, on the local hiking trails near her home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Their friendship challenged Baldocks cultural and religious beliefs about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. In Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach between the Church and the LGBT Community, Baldock uncovers the historical, cultural, medical, and political filters of discrimination through which the LGBT community is seen. With the foundation firmly established, she examines the most controversial filter of all: what the Bible says about same-sex behavior.
Witness: Gay and Lesbian Clergy Report from the Front
October 1st 1999
ISBN0664257879 (ISBN13: 9780664257873)
Based on interviews with gay and lesbian clergy, Dann Hazel constructs a mosaic depicting the ministry of gays and lesbians across the denominational spectrum. He poignantly describes the personal challenges these clergy face in their efforts to do constructive work in theology in order to build faith communities where gay men and lesbians can flourish spiritually.
Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living
October 27th 2011
ISBN1590211871 (ISBN13: 9781590211878)
"We know the territory that Jaffe writes in-lush, stark, unexpected, a Jordan flowing through it with Real on one bank and Dream on the other. Jaffe is not afraid to write about violence, or blasphemy, sometimes comically and sometimes horrifically....you are holding in your hands this new book of his. Where fractured novel and story collection are Velcroed to the music he composes, his Torah of the moment, the stories of our gay queer Jewish lives, seen and unseen, heard and reheard, with a lush orchestra of lived experience playing in the background. A collection of stories that could be a novel, the sections of a novel shuffled like a deck of cards.
My Name is Brett: Truths from a Trans Christian
September 7th 2015
My Name is Brett: Truths from a Trans Christian is a story of a transgender Christian finding his name, strength and voice amid a tumultuous public conversation that attempts to force a choice between queerness and Christianity. Brett Ray boldly tells his story of choosing to be true to both. His journey is not a blueprint for how to be queer and Christian; it is his narrative truth of how he has chosen to live authentically. His is a story of addiction and recovery, rebirth and discovery, and of acceptance and love—a love story about a man finally falling in love with himself.
Same-Sex Marriage?: A Christian Ethical Analysis
June 1st 2004
ISBN0829816593 (ISBN13: 9780829816594)
Extending the right to marry to same-sex couples is frontpage news, and hotly contested in both church and society. This critical book is written by a gay man and progressive Christian ethicist who places justice making at the heart of contemporary spirituality. In dialogue with both legal scholars and theologians, Ellison examines the strengths and weaknesses of how marriage traditionalists, advocates of same-sex marriage, and LBGT (lesbian/bisexual/gay/transgender) critics of marriage analyze the issues and frame their arguments.
The Queer Bible Commentary
September 28th 2006
ISBN0334040213 (ISBN13: 9780334040217)
The Queer Bible Commentary brings together the work of several scholars and pastors known for their interest in the areas of gender, sexuality and Biblical studies. Rather than a verse-by-verse analysis, typical of more traditional commentaries, contributors to this volume focus specifically upon those portions of the book that have particular relevance for readers interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues such as the construction of gender and sexuality, the reification of heterosexuality, the question of lesbian and gay ancestry within the Bible, the transgendered voices of the prophets, the use of the Bible in contemporary political, socio-economic and religious spheres and the impact upon lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
To The One: You Don't Get to be Mormon and Lesbian, Even if you were Born Both.
September 11th 2014
To The One was originally the title of an anti-gay pamphlet given to author Marnie Freeman by her bishop. “If you were to be hung on a cross, you would belong between a murderer and a pedophile,” said the bishop to Freeman when, as a devout Mormon teen, she sought his help for her growing attraction to women. Having never acted on her feelings, Freeman intensified her practices of prayer, fasting, service and morning seminary, holding on to a guarantee made by a church leader from Salt Lake City that they would lead to a marriage in the Temple and a happily-ever-after life.
Coming out As Sacrament
November 1st 1998
ISBN0664257488 (ISBN13: 9780664257484)
Gay Christian author and activist Chris Glaser believes that sexual minorities, often denied their churches' traditional sacraments, have found unique access to the sacred in their lives: coming out of the closet. Glaser persuasively argues that coming out--as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered--has biblical precedence and sacramental dimensions. Using personal and biblical illustrations, he discusses coming out as an act of vulnerability, much like a sacrificial offering of ancient times, that invokes God's presence and effects atonement, or reconciliation. In this engaging book he shows how coming out, like other sacraments, may serve as a means of grace--that is, an experience of God's unconditional love.
Openly Gay, Openly Christian: How the Bible Really Is Gay Friendly
July 1st 1999
ISBN0943595789 (ISBN13: 9780943595788)
This book details the affirming move of God among gays. God has been moving among gay Christians for decades now. The voice of Homosexuality in the Church is not going away but growing louder. Gay and Christian is not an oxymoron. Scripture is studied using evangelical tools such as Strong's Concordance. The conclusions are reached after detailed study. This book should be read by heterosexual and gay Christians alike. It brings liberty and love to the whole Body of Christ.
Acts of Faith, Acts of Love: Gay Catholic Autobiographies as Sacred Texts
March 31st 2004
ISBN0826415458 (ISBN13: 9780826415455)
In Acts of Faith, Acts of Love, McGinely explores the overlap of religious and sexual identities in the stories gay men write about themselves. The autobiographical writings of forty gay Catholics (or once Catholics) are analyzed.The work is both literary and theological on the premise that experience constitutes one of the four sources of theological reflection, along with scripture, tradition, and reason.
Journeys and Arrivals: On Being Gay and Jewish
January 1st, 1996
ISBN0571198821 (ISBN13: 9780571198825)
In Journeys & Arrivals prize-winning author Lev Raphael explores for the first time in non-fiction the gay and Jewish identities that have dominated his highly acclaimed fiction for many years. Journeys & Arrivals reveals in a collection of autobiographical and critical essays the influence these often conflicting identities of being gay and Jewish have had in his life and his writing. The child of Holocaust survivors, Raphael came to his positive Jewish identity late in life and his gay identity even later.
Building Bridges: Gay and Lesbian Reality and the Catholic Church
February 17th 1992
ISBN0896225038 (ISBN13: 9780896225039)
Explores the history of the church's stance on homosexuality and examines new approaches to pastoral care. An objective and sensitive exploration into the situation of gays and lesbians in the Catholic church today.
Religion is a Queer Thing: A Guide to the Christian Faith for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered People
May 1st 1998
ISBN0829812695 (ISBN13: 9780829812695)
Many will no doubt claim that a book like Religion Is a Queer Thing is unnecessary. Christianity is Christianity, they will argue; there is only one version of it and it applies to all. Christianity has nothing to do with race, sexuality, class, or bodily differences. Christianity addresses us in our common humanity. This is a clever argument, not only because it immediately attempts to separate God from issues of racism, sexism, classism, and so on, and make them purely "human" concerns, but because it identifies Christianity as the theology of those who are not themselves economically or socially disadvantaged.
The Hebrew Scripture: From The Understanding of a Gay Jewish Youth
September 16th 2011
My understanding of the truth, of religion, was not fostered simply from a need to understand the testament but to understand myself, to find within me what must be discovered by all, Christian, Jew, Gay or Straight. It is a life struggle which when aged as I am now, see more clearly. In my search for truth and understanding my object was neither to attack a religious dogma, nor to provoke a theological controversy, but merely to put the latest results of philological science within the reach of those who read, learn and grow. To provide those who will come after me, a stepping stone to their own understanding.
Gay Conversations with God: Straight Talk on Fanatics, Fags and the God Who Loves Us All
April 1st 2012
ISBN1844095827 (ISBN13: 9781844095827)
Representing a first in gay and Christian publishing, this provocative book presents a complete reversal of thought and action, contending that God loves homosexuals without attempting to refute scripture references. The study confronts its subject with a quirky sense of humor in the spirit of the “bedtime story,” providing a rare evangelical Christian volume addressed directly to the gay community. Unorthodox in its presentation, this guide speaks the language of those who may feel abandoned, condemned, and damned while avoiding reinterpretations of scriptural passages, making the gospel accessible to a younger, free-spirited generation. Spearheading a volatile topic with candor and grace, this consideration reframes the never-ending question, Is homosexuality a sin?
God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships
April 22nd 2014
ISBN1601425163 (ISBN13: 9781601425164)
As a young Christian man, Matthew Vines harbored the same basic hopes of most young people: to some-day share his life with someone, to build a family of his own, to give and receive love. But when he realized he was gay, those hopes were called into question. The Bible, he’d been taught, condemned gay relationships.
Intersex in Christ
July 20th 2018
ISBN153261845X (ISBN13: 9781532618451)
Intersex is an umbrella term for many different conditions that cause ambiguous sexual biology. Intersex people are ""in between,"" neither clearly male nor clearly female. Intersex has been largely hidden through surgery and secrecy, but is now coming out into the open. Many intersex people have experienced physical, psychological, and relational pain because of the shame attached to their bodily difference. The existence of people with unusual sexual biology presents a challenge to the Christian ideal of humanity as male and female. How can evangelical Christians rightly respond to this phenomenon? Intersex in Christ provides a balance of grace and truth, upholding male and female as God's created intent, while insisting that there is a positive place in the kingdom of God and the world for people with unusual sexual biology.
Loving Homosexuals as Jesus Would: A Fresh Christian Approach
December 1st 2004
ISBN1587431211 (ISBN13: 9781587431210)
Chances are you know someone who is gay--a coworker, family member, or friend. And chances are, as a Christian, you're not exactly sure how to relate to this person. While the church has been pretty good at "hating the sin," it hasn't really known how to "love the sinner" without fear of condoning a homosexual lifestyle. Chad Thompson, a man who has struggled with homosexual feelings, argues that "homosexuality needs to be solved through relationships." Drawing from the life and words of Jesus, Thompson gives readers permission to love and befriend homosexuals before they change- and radically, even if they never change--their sexual orientation.
The Hero's Journey of the Gay and Lesbian Mormon
November 15th 2012
ISBN0963885278 (ISBN13: 9780963885272)
What if, after all, being gay is not a defect, not a lesser life, but a different calling?-- an invitation to travel the road of heroes mapped out by mythologist Joseph Campbell and find the life-giving substance that cures all ills. The Hero’s Journey of the Gay and Lesbian Mormon is offered to LGBT people of all religions, and their families and friends, as a traveling companion that will ease the path and celebrate the various destinations.
Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology
July 20th 1997
ISBN0807079057 (ISBN13: 9780807079058)
A stunning collection of angry, bitter, proud, and joyful writing - poetry, stories, history, analysis, autobiography - on Jewish lesbian identity. With a new section on mother/daughter relationships, new and updated material on Israel, and new poetry and photographs.
Aids, Gays, And The American Catholic Church
November 1st 1994
ISBN0829810110 (ISBN13: 9780829810110)
A balanced, insightful analysis of how the gay community and the Catholic church have responded to AIDS -- and to each other. Smith seeks to bridge the chasm by urging the two sides to come and reason together.
UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question
November 8th 2011
Shore is one of America's leading Christian writers on the subject of gay people and Christianity. His essays are widely credited with being central to the sea change in Christian thinking that has occurred on this issue in recent years. UNFAIR offers the best of Shore's writings on homosexuality and Christians/Christianity, along with heart-wrenching but ultimately inspiring letters from gay people telling what it's like to grow up, and live today, both gay and Christian. The book's opening essay, "Taking God at His Word: The Bible and Homosexuality," is a must-read for anyone seeking clarity on the relationship between the Bible, Christianity, and LGBT people. If you read only one book on this subject, make it this one.
Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son: A Memoir
August 1st 2006
ISBN0807071463 (ISBN13: 9780807071465)Growing up poor in the South, Kevin Jennings learned a lot of things, especially about how to be a real man. When his father, a fundamentalist preacher, dropped dead at his son's eighth birthday party, Kevin already knew he wasn't supposed to cry. He also knew there was no salvation for homosexuals, who weren't "real men"—or Christians, for that matter. But Jennings found his salvation in school, inspired by his mother. Self-taught, from Appalachia, her formal education had ended in sixth grade, but she was determined that her son would be the first member of their extended family to go to college, even if it meant going North. Kevin, propelled by her dream, found a world beyond poverty. He earned a scholarship to Harvard and there learned not only about history and literature, but also that it was possible to live openly as a gay man.
In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God
April 1st 2008
ISBN1596270888 (ISBN13: 9781596270886)
Gene Robinson is bishop of the tiny, rural Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, but he's at the center of a storm of controversy raging in the Episcopal Church and throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion involving homosexuality, the priesthood, and the future of the Communion. This book offers an honest, thoughtful portrait of Robinson, the faith that has informed his life, and the controversy that continues to rock his Church.
From Salvation to Survival
More Than Welcome
January 1st 1999
ISBN0827223250 (ISBN13: 9780827223257)
A 1999 Choice Academic Book of the Year. "Mainline churches," says Waun, "are so preoccupied with debating the sinfulness of homosexuality that they are missing opportunities to pastor persons who have been turned off by and excluded from the church."
The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology
May 1st 1997
ISBN0226410404 (ISBN13: 9780226410401)
In this reexamination of what it means to have a tradition, Catholic and otherwise, Mark D. Jordan offers a powerful and provocative study of the sin of erotic love between men. The Invention of Sodomy reveals the theological fabrication of arguments for categorizing genital acts between members of the same sex.
Catholic and Gay: My Journey into Roman Catholic Priesthood and Out of the Closet
November 9th 2017
ISBN1979624488 (ISBN13: 9781979624480)
In this unprecedented memoir, Charles shares the confusion he felt growing up as he wrestled with his sexuality and his desire to become a Roman Catholic Priest. Follow the journey of a man who devoted the first thirty-three years of his life and studies to serve the Church, only to discover the life he idolized and the beliefs he taught conflicted with the hidden secret of his life that kept him from accepting his true self and potential.
Undivided: Coming Out, Becoming Whole, and Living Free from Shame
June 12th 2018
ISBN0062439944 (ISBN13: 9780062439949)
Vicky Beeching, called “arguably the most influential Christian of her generation” in The Guardian, began writing songs for the church in her teens. By the time she reached her early thirties, Vicky was a household name in churches on both sides of the pond. Recording multiple albums and singing in America’s largest megachurches, her music was used weekly around the globe and translated into numerous languages. But this poster girl for evangelical Christianity lived with a debilitating inner battle: she was gay. The tens of thousands of traditional Christians she sang in front of were unanimous in their view—they staunchly opposed same-sex relationships and saw homosexuality as a grievous sin. Vicky knew if she ever spoke up about her identity, it would cost her everything.
Respectful LGBT Conversations: Seeking Truth, Giving Love, and Modeling Christian Unity
May 21st 2018
In stark contrast to the shrill and nasty interactions among many Christians regarding contentious LGBT issues, this book models a redemptive mode of engagement by featuring respectful conversations among deeply committed Christians who hold to diverging traditional and non-traditional views. The foundational values guiding these conversations are the quest for truth, giving the gift of love to all brothers and sisters in Christ, and modeling Christian unity. Emerging from these conversations are practical steps for a way forward that include creating safe spaces for ongoing conversation and practicing courageous Christian leadership.
Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven: Women, Sexuality and the Catholic Church
January 1st 1988
ISBN0140165002 (ISBN13: 9780140165005)
This international bestseller--condemned by New York's Cardinal O'Connor who, without reading it, likened it to "scrawling dirty words about the church on bathroom walls"--is a definitive, richly documented report on the oppression of women and sexuality in the Catholic Church.
Uncommon Gay Spiritual Warrior: 7 Steps to Greatness
June 2nd 2014
ISBN1499757328 (ISBN13: 9781499757323)
The Uncommon Spiritual Warrior is one GLBT man's spiritual, psychological, and physical search for peace, mental health, and right relationship. Bo Sebastian opens his arms and heart to reveal his transparent work toward a more holistic and authentic life.
What Does It Mean to Be Welcoming?: Navigating LGBT Questions in Your Church
August 14th 2018
ISBN083084144X (ISBN13: 9780830841448)
Is your church wrestling with LGBT questions from membership to marriage? Travis Collins has been there. A pastor who has walked congregations through the complex issues surrounding gay Christians, he knows firsthand the confusion and hurt that often follow. He has also seen churches have these conversations with grace and understanding. In this practical resource, readers will gain insight into relevant biblical passages and hear from interpreters on both sides of the debate. They will consider the implications of their convictions for ministry practice, relationships, church policy, and more. They will hear testimonies from gay friends and family members about their experiences in the church. Collins calls readers to both grace and truth, with humility.
Reluctant journey-: a pilgrimage of faith from homophobia to Christian love
September 15th 1997
ISBN0953116808 (ISBN13: 9780953116805)
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No More Goodbyes: Circling the Wagons Around Our Gay Loved Ones
January 1st 2007
ISBN0963885243 (ISBN13: 9780963885241)
In her best-selling "Goodbye, I Love You," Carol Lynn Pearson shared the moving story of her life with her homosexual husband Gerald--their Mormon temple marriage, the birth and raising of four children, their mutual anguish in realizing his orientation had not changed, their divorce and ongoing friendship, and her caring for him as he died from AIDS in her home. In "No More Goodbyes," Pearson revisits the challenging subject of religious people relating to their gay loved ones who are often condemned by their church and--many believe--by God. Through stories gathered from the microcosm of Mormonism, it becomes clear how this emotional earthquake affects families of all faiths.
This is my body: Hearing the theology of transgender Christians
May 26th 2016
ISBN0232532060 (ISBN13: 9780232532067)
Much has been said and written about trans people by theologians and Church leaders, while little has been heard from trans Christians themselves. As a step towards redressing the balance, This is my body offers a grounded reflection on people's experience of gender dissonance that involves negotiating the boundaries between one's identity and religious faith, as well as a review of the most up-to-date theological, cultural and scientific literature.
Going Gay: My Journey from Evangelical Christian Minister to Self-acceptance, Love, Life, and Meaning
June 10th 2014
Tim Rymel, an ordained evangelical minister, served as the Outreach Director for Love in Action, one of the oldest and most renowned ex-gay (reparative therapy) ministries in the world. During the 1990's, he and the ministry staff appeared on countless television and radio shows with their message of "Freedom from homosexuality through Jesus Christ." A "success story" of the ex-gay movement, Tim's world was shattered when his wife divorced him, and his world fell apart. In Going Gay, he shares his raw and painful journey of finding self-acceptance and coming to terms with life and faith.
September 1st 2008
ISBN0470279281 (ISBN13: 9780470279281)
This thoughtful, practical guide shows readers a way through the minefield of condemnation and persecution faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians and helps foster a faith that is bulletproof--impervious to attacks, yet loving and savvy in its approach. Bulletproof Faith is filled with useful insights and proven spiritual practices that deflect attacks and enhance and strengthen faith by turning attacks into opportunities for spiritual growth.
Contemporary Christianity and LGBT Sexualities
September 17th 2009
ISBN0754676242 (ISBN13: 9780754676249)
The subject of gay and lesbian sexuality is perhaps the most vexed issue in the contemporary Christian Church. Many churches have been forced to confront the matter, both theologically and pastorally and in consequence, controversies have proved divisive within the Church: most notably between conservative and liberal orientated denominations, as well as evangelical churches. This book explores these themes from a sociological perspective, addressing not only gay and lesbian sexualities, but also bi- and transgendered sexualities. It thus considers a number of supplementary issues related to the formation of identities both sexually and spirituality, the construction of theologies and worldviews, the varying significance of LGBT sexualities, as well as mobilization, and a number of other themes.
The Word Is Out: Daily Reflections on the Bible for Lesbians and Gay Men
January 1st 1999
ISBN0664258204 (ISBN13: 9780664258207)
Glaser defines The Word as an intimate, loving encounter with God. Through reflection on the Bible in the light of the particular experience of lesbians and gay men, that Word may emerge and embrace a community that the church has often rejected. Each entry of this year-long daily devotional begins with a scripture verse and concludes with a prayer or affirmation.
Scared Straight: The Manipulation of the LGBT Community by Society and the Church
May 9th 2017
ISBN154295858X (ISBN13: 9781542958585)
Homosexuality is NOT a sin, furthermore, religious teaching is completely wrong on this subject. TRUTH-Truth is different from "true." Truth must be discovered, it must be sought, it must be "found." It does not appear on the surface as an easily obtainable cork bobbing on the top of the water, able to be plucked out of the ocean of debris with a fishing net. It is not quickly seen by the untrained or the lazy eye. Truth is not delivered to our doorstep, nor is it found on the front page of the newspaper, or even on the home pages of "google," "yahoo," or "Facebook." Truth will only be found and experienced after some time of struggle, inspection, discovery, and the actual burning desire to separate it from all the fluff that we have been inundated with over the years.
Our Tribe: Queer Folks, God, Jesus, and the Bible
October 1st 1995
ISBN1886360103 (ISBN13: 9781886360105)
Sometimes wisecracking and always spellbinding, Rev. Nancy Wilson spins tales from her life in the trenches as senior pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles. On a mission to radicalize the mainstream church, she passionately proclaims a "queer theology" that can lead all Christians--gay, lesbian, and straight--into the next millennium.
August 3rd 2006
What happens when you hold a secret your whole life that can never be shared? What happens when your faith abandons you to pray your problem away? What happens when you destroy a complete generation of your family? This is the story of David, born into the Mormon faith who faces the insurmountable to become Cindi. Her life crumbles before her as she is pushed into an untenable position. Her family is destroyed as well as her career. She manages to pull herself through these agonizing events to rebuild her life and reconnect with her family. "In this autobiography, at times whimsical and at times serious, Cindi continues to hold strong to her principles in the face of so much rejection from those around her: family, faith, friends.
Controversies in Queer Theology
May 30th 2011
ISBN0334043557 (ISBN13: 9780334043553)
Queer theology is a significant new development and central to much current teaching and thinking about gender, sexuality and the body. Controversies in Queer Theology provides an overview of the main areas of difference and debate in queer theologies, engaging with and critiquing all the major writers working in this area. Controversies in Queer Theology aims to contextualize the emergence of varying strands of queer theology over the last two decades, and to show how these link with the broader imperatives arising in queer theory. It focuses on areas of difference and dissent among queer theologians. The author asks questions such as 'Is Queer Theology Synonymous with Gay Theology?'; 'Is Queer Theology Inherently White or Western?'; ' Is the Christian Theological Tradition Queer or Anti-Queer?'
Homophobia in the Black Church: How Faith, Politics, and Fear Divide the Black Community
March 31st 2013
ISBN0313398682 (ISBN13: 9780313398681)
Homophobia in the Black Church: How Faith, Politics, and Fear Divide the Black Community explores the various reasons for the Black Church's aversion--and the general black cultural inflexibility--toward homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and acceptance of the LGBT community. It connects black cultural resistance toward homosexuality to politics, faith, and fear; follows the trail of faith-based funding to the pulpit of black mega-churches; and spotlights how members of the black clergy have sacrificed black LGBTQ Christians for personal and political advancement.
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
November 13th 2012
ISBN1455514314 (ISBN13: 9781455514311)
As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed "God Boy" by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events—his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible—that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance.
Gay Relationships and the Bible: How Homosexual Love and Jesus Fit Together
August 20th 2019
ISBN0648326810 (ISBN13: 9780648326816)
Have you ever wondered what God really thinks about homosexuality? Are homosexual love and Jesus at odds with each other, or are gay relationships and the Bible perfectly complemented? Indeed, homosexual Christians can find that their sexual expression and identity are things that are found in, and originate with, God. Find out how we can all experience peace and wholeness with ourselves and God while the battle between people in same-sex relationships and the Church continues. In this new book, you will learn how to gain freedom from the oppression of those who say that gay relationships and Christ are incompatible.
Perfect Enemies: The Battle Between the Religious Right and the Gay Movement
August 6th 1996
ISBN1568331789 (ISBN13: 9781568331782)
This comprehensive account of two arch-nemeses analyzes the surprisingly similar strategies, rhetoric, and skillful grassroots organizational efforts that have landed their conflict in the center of political debate and that continue to influence electoral politics from state houses to the White House. In the new paperback edition, the authors expand their examination of the gay rights debate to cover the controversy of gays and lesbians in the armed forces; statewide antigay initiatives in Oregon, Colorado, and Maine; recent debates about same-sex marriages and the legal recognition of gay relationships; the surge in hate crimes; and the religious right's struggle to regroup behind President George W. Bush.
Outing the Bible: Queer Folks, God, Jesus, and the Christian Scriptures
June 25th 2013
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches, explores the Bible's complex and often- misunderstood messages on homosexuality and diversity. Wilson explores eunuchs, same-sex relationships, sodomy, sexuality and healing, and other queer issues in scripture. She takes on the infamous "clobber texts" and places them in correct contexts. She moves from the "traditional," expected defense to the offense in treating the subject of homosexuality in scripture, which has evolved to "Outing the Bible." In this volume, Wilson identifies a lost tribe of gays, lesbians, trans, and queer people who have struggled over millennia to maintain their ties to God despite a hostile Church. The Church she envisions has room for us all.
And God Save Judy Garland: A gay Christian's journey
June 4th 2014
One year before the Little Rock Nine bravely endured threats of violence and death to integrate Central High School, Randy Eddy-McCain was born in Arkansas. He grew up in a conservative Assemblies of God church where he fell in love with Jesus as a little boy. As Randy got older, he felt called by God to go into the ministry, but he had what religion taught him was a problem. He was attracted to men, not women. He hoped he might grow out of it. He prayed he’d grow out of it, but when that didn’t happen, he explored what it meant to be gay. Without an example of how a gay man could be a Christian, Randy moved back and forth between what seemed like two conflicting worlds. As a Christian he tried not to be gay, and as a gay man, he tried to ignore how much he still loved Jesus and wanted to minister to people in need.
Living It Out: A Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Christians and Their Friends, Families and Churches
December 1st 2009
A practical and affirming book for everyone dealing with the issue of sexuality, whether as a gay or lesbian Christian seeking to live with integrity, a friend or family member, or as a church leader seeking understanding and guidance. It suggests practical ways of managing and enriching relationships with God, the church, and others.
Queer Muslim Marriage
March 30th 2013
Between the autobiography and the essay on religion, this book relies on a Muslim gay couple real life events to stress the fact homosexuality, despite what some conservative could say, is not a choice; and it would be crazy to choose to be homosexual when one comes from the sociocultural milieu where they come from. Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed recalls his ardent youth, spiritual asceticism and burning desire. Between passion and rigor, it is a very singular path that emerges through the pages. It is a history of his contamination by HIV-AIDS, before his pilgrimage to Mecca, Umm Al-Qura, the mother of all cities.
Confessions of a Jewish Wagnerite: Being Gay and Jewish in America
October 1st 1994
ISBN0304331147 (ISBN13: 9780304331147)
In 1981, Lawrence Mass was a 35-year-old physician, writer and gay activist living in New York City. On his living-room wall, among other opera memorabilia, there were five pictures of Richard Wagner, one of them a drawing by Mass himself. While researching what would become the first feature article on the epidemic that later became known as AIDS, the author had the first confrontation of his adult life with overt anti-Semitism, an incident he was completely unprepared to deal with psychologically. As AIDS spread, and every sexually active gay man was forced to confront his own mortality, the need to understand the even-greater depths of fear touched by the incident became urgent, and Mass began to face the reality that his life had been dominated by internalized anti-Semitism, even as he came to grips with his gay identity.
Bright, Catholic—and Gay
January 1, 2011
A collection of award-winning writer and activist Danton Remoto’s short essays on popular culture, politics, and other important and controversial national issues. Remoto has taught English and Literature for more than twenty years and worked as a communications analyst at the United Nations Development Program. He is a multimedia personality: as host of a radio and a TV show and a columnist for a daily and an online news portal. He founded the Ladlad Party List in 2003, whose accreditation was refused by the Commission on Elections. This led to the historic decision affirming the equality of LGBT rights and opening the door to representation in Philippine Congress.
Above All Things: The Journey of an Evangelical Christian Mother and Her Gay Daughter
May 16th 2012
ISBN0985024801 (ISBN13: 9780985024802)
Shari Johnson's world turned upside down the night her 37-year-old daughter called and told her that she was gay. This just couldn't be possible. Cholene had always been the hero-Air Force Academy graduate, second woman to fly the U-2 spy plane, captain for United Airlines - she cried, begged, pleaded with God to change Cholene, but he changed Shari instead. It seems that he was much more concerned about Shari's lack of love than he was about Cholene's homosexuality. This book is Shari's personal story.
Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child Was Saved from Religion
October 6th 2012
ISBN1590213661 (ISBN13: 9781590213667)
Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child Was Saved from Religion offers an illuminating glimpse into a child's sequestered world of abuse, homophobia, and religious extremism. Scott Terry's memoir is a compelling, poignant and occasionally humorous look into the Jehovah's Witness faith -- a religion that refers to itself as The Truth -- and a brave account of Terry's successful escape from a troubled past. At the age of ten, Terry had embraced the Witnesses' prediction that the world would come to an end in 1975 and was preparing for Armageddon. As an adolescent, he prayed for God to strip away his growing attraction to other young men.
Reasonable and Holy: Engaging Same-Sexuality
March 1st 2009
ISBN1596271108 (ISBN13: 9781596271104)
Reasonable and Holy addresses the conflict over homosexuality within the Anglican tradition, demonstrating that the church is able to provide for and support faithful and loving relationships between persons of the same sex, not as a departure from that tradition, but as a reasonable extension of it. It offers a carefully argued, but accessible means of engagement with Scripture, the Jewish and Christian traditions, and the use of reason in dealing with the experience and lives of fellow-Christians. Unlike most reflections on the topic of homosexuality, Reasonable and Holy examines same- sex relationships through the lens of the traditional teaching on the "ends" or "goods" of marriage: procreation, union, the upbuilding of society, the symbolic representation of Christ and the Church, and the now often unmentioned "remedy for fornication."
Faith - General
Creating Safe Environments for LGBT Students: A Catholic Schools Perspective
March 4th 2007
ISBN156023606X (ISBN13: 9781560236061)
Creating Safe Environments for LGBT Students is a comprehensive training guidebook for educators who are committed to diversity and the full inclusion of LGBT students in every aspect of the Catholic high school experience. Based on five years of pilot testing in Catholic schools, this unique book emphasizes safe-staff training in integrating the Church's pastoral, social, and moral dimensions with the special needs of LGBT students. The book presents strategies and resources for building safer schools, helpful materials for communicating with parents, and general guidelines for developing and maintaining professional helping relationships with LGBT students.
The Value of Suffering: Including the LGBT community
December 2nd 2016
This book was inspired by close friends and relatives of the LGBT community and how they cope and find themselves in twisted social situations at times. Whenever family gathers for a sick family member or the death of someone, we held close to our hearts, we often see those we rarely see any other times. It is almost like a family reunion, but the sad part is that those who come to pay their respects are often the ones who were disgraced, shunned, or shamed by other family members because of their sexual orientation choices. We never give them the credit of being brave, strong and committed to family values when others have forsaken them for reasons that are only known to them in most cases.
With Listening Hearts: Understanding the Voices of Lesbian and Gay Catholics
January 3rd 2001
ISBN0809139839 (ISBN13: 9780809139835)
Written by the Director of the Lesbian and Gay Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, this extraordinary new book cuts through the controversy and argument about homosexuality to present a compassionate explanation of official Church teaching. Everyone talks about homosexuality yet most Catholics, even pastors, are ignorant of the Church's newest, positive thoughts on the issue. This book presents these teachings and the sound pastoral practices that arise from them. Above all, the book emphasizes the Church's position that personhood is made up of so much more than one's sexual orientation and that God and grace are found in every person's story -- without exception.
If Jesus Were Gay & Other Poems
April 8th 2010
ISBN1608640329 (ISBN13: 9781608640324)
Emanuel Xavier's If Jesus Were Gay & other poems pulls no punches and is brutally frank about his views on sexuality, politics, and religion. Yet as deeply personal as these poems are, they are universal enough to move any reader. Both sacred and profane, it is a compelling and confessional collection from a daring and ambitious voice in contemporary poetry.
All Whom God Has Joined: Resources for Clergy and Same-Gender Loving Couples
May 1st 2010
ISBN0829818383 (ISBN13: 9780829818383)
All Whom God Has Joined provides--in one accessible volume--a unique collection of liturgical and ceremonial resources as well as pastoral care tools and insights on same-sex covenanting ceremonies for clergy and couples addressing these issues. Those who want a clearer understanding of this subject will also benefit from this on-of-a-kind look.
Hounded by God: A Gay Man's Journey to Self-Acceptance, Love, and Relationship
May 1st 2013
ISBN1457519615 (ISBN13: 9781457519611)
In Hounded by God, the author writes about his struggle to integrate his homosexuality with his personality and his Catholic-Christian spirituality. Born in 1948, he grew up in the '50s, '60s, and '70s when homosexuality was considered either a mental illness or a major sin. In 1968, he had his first homosexual experience. Feeling shame and trying to repress his feelings, he spent over six years in therapy. Raised a strict Roman Catholic, Joseph confessed his many "sins" to a priest and attended Mass daily. He felt hopeless in accepting his homosexuality and living happily as a gay man, repeating nightly, "If it gets too bad, I can always kill myself." By 1974, he knew that therapy was not changing his sexual orientation and felt desperate.
God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage
September 18th 2012
ISBN0307957888 (ISBN13: 9780307957887)
From the Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church, the first openly gay person elected (in 2003) to the historic episcopate and the world's leading religious spokesperson for gay rights and gay marriage—a groundbreaking book that lovingly and persuasively makes the case for same-sex marriage using a commonsense, reasoned, religious argument, made by someone who holds the religious text of the Bible to be holy and sacred and the ensuing two millennia of church history to be relevant to the discussion, equally familiar with the secular and political debate going on in America today, and for whom same-sex marriage is a personal issue; Robinson was married to a woman for two decades and is a father of two children and has been married to a man for the last four years of a twenty-three-year relationship.
Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships
February 3rd 2013
ISBN0802868630 (ISBN13: 9780802868633)
This thought-provoking book by James Brownson develops a broad, cross-cultural sexual ethic from Scripture, locates current debates over homosexuality in that wider context, and explores why the Bible speaks the way it does about same-sex relationships. Fairly presenting both sides in this polarized debate — "traditional" and "revisionist" — Brownson conscientiously analyzes all of the pertinent biblical texts and helpfully identifies "stuck points" in the ongoing debate. In the process, he explores key concepts that inform our understanding of the biblical texts, including patriarchy, complementarity, purity and impurity, honor and shame. Central to his argument is the need to uncover the moral logic behind the text.
Slouching Towards Gaytheism: Christianity and Queer Survival in America
April 1st 2014
ISBN1438451113 (ISBN13: 9781438451114)
"Slouching towards Gaytheism" brings together two intellectual traditions -- the New Atheism and queer theory -- and moves beyond them to offer a new voice for gay Americans and atheists alike. Examining the continued vehemence of homophobia in cultural and political debate regarding queer equality, this unabashed polemic insists that the needs met by religion might be met more safely and less toxically by forms of community that do not harass and malign gay and lesbian Americans or impede collective social progress. W. C. Harris argues that compromises with traditional religion, no matter how enlightened or well intentioned, will ultimately leave heteronormativity alive and well.
Gifted by Otherness: Gay and Lesbian Christians in the Church
September 1st 2001
ISBN0819218863 (ISBN13: 9780819218865)
As "outsiders," gay men and lesbians challenge the church to be inclusive of all God's children--the central message of the gospel. "God has drawn us to this difficult place," they write, "in order to reveal God's grace to us and in us and through us." Basing their book on retreats they have presented to churches and seminaries, Countryman and Ritley explore what it means to affirm, not merely accept, being gay or lesbian, as well as Christian. Writing primarily for the lesbian community, and for their families and communities, they explore the ways in which the gay and lesbian community can appropriate and re-tell the biblical story, and find confidence in their unique spiritual journey and gifts.
Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son
December 31st 1995
ISBN0062511238 (ISBN13: 9780062511232)
Bobby Griffith was an all-American boy ...and he was gay. Faced with an irresolvable conflict-for both his family and his religion taught him that being gay was "wrong"-Bobby chose to take his own life. Prayers for Bobby, nominated for a 1996 Lambda Literary Award, is the story of the emotional journey that led Bobby to this tragic conclusion. But it is also the story of Bobby's mother, a fearful churchgoer who first prayed that her son would be "healed," then anguished over his suicide, and ultimately transformed herself into a national crusader for gay and lesbian youth.
Seduced by Grace: Contemporary Spirituality, Gay Experience, and Christian Faith
December 9th 2007
ISBN0980298326 (ISBN13: 9780980298321)
In these collected writings (essays, articles, letters, talks) Michael Kelly invites us into an intimate exploration of the inner wisdom and radical challenge of Christianity. In reflections that take us from the fields of Nicaragua to the War on Terror, from the joy of erotic pleasure to the challenge of rebuilding the church, Kelly gives voice to a spirituality of desire, grounded in justice and love. This new book presents Michael Kelly s collected writings and lectures, composed over a ten year period. Exploring contemplative spirituality, erotic grace, prophetic activism, gay experience, and the soulful challenges of contemporary living, this collection is a major new contribution from the author of 'The Erotic Contemplative' lecture series.
Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God
May 16th 2015
ISBN0802869823 (ISBN13: 9780802869821)
"Charts a faithful theological middle course through complex sexual issues “How different are men and women? When does it matter to us -- or to God? Are male and female the only two options? In "Sex Difference in Christian Theology" Megan DeFranza explores such questions in light of the Bible, theology, and science. Many Christians, entrenched in culture wars over sexual ethics, are either ignorant of the existence of intersex persons or avoid the inherent challenge they bring to the assumption that everybody is born after the pattern of either Adam or Eve. DeFranza argues, from a conservative theological standpoint, that all people are made in the image of God -- male, female, and intersex -- and that we must listen to and learn from the voices of the intersexed among us.
Gay and Lesbian Theologies: Repetitions with Critical Difference
May 22nd 2003
ISBN0754616614 (ISBN13: 9780754616610)
Gay and lesbian theology has been one of the most distinctive voices to have emerged in Christian theology in the last 30 years. It has placed lesbian and gay experience at the heart of the theological process. Elizabeth Stuart, one of the most prominent theologians in this field, presents the first critical survey of gay and lesbian theology arguing that its emergence was nothing short of miraculous. Gay and lesbian theologians managed to take a dominant Christian discourse which rendered them sinful, sick and harmful to the common good and transform it into a theology which argued that a person's sexuality provided the point of contact between God and themselves.
Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith
October 20th 2014
ISBN1594715424 (ISBN13: 9781594715426)
Eve Tushnet was among the unlikeliest of converts. The only child of two atheist academics, Tushnet was a typical Yale undergraduate until the day she went out to poke fun at a gathering of philosophical debaters, who happened also to be Catholic. Instead of enjoying mocking what she termed the "zoo animals," she found herself engaged in intellectual conversation with them and, in a move that surprised even her, she soon converted to Catholicism. Already self- identifying as a lesbian, Tushnet searched for a third way in the seeming two-option system available to gay Catholics: reject Church teaching on homosexuality or reject the truth of your sexuality.
Queer Dharma, Vol. 2: Voices of Gay Buddhists
January 28th 2000
ISBN0940567237 (ISBN13: 9780940567238)
In this volume gay men write openly and honestly about how they have integrated their sexuality and spirituality via Buddhist practice.
Changing Our Mind: A call from America's leading evangelical ethics scholar for full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church
October 17th 2014
“Every generation has its hot-button issue,” writes David P. Gushee, “For us, it’s the LGBT issue.” In Changing Our Mind, Gushee takes the reader along his personal and theological journey as he changes his mind about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Church.
A Challenge To Love: Gay And Lesbian Catholics In The Church
March 1st 1983
ISBN0824505182 (ISBN13: 9780824505189)
The Gospel According to Gay Guys
August 14th 2012
Kent is a cop, Jamie is a reporter; they fell in love three months ago while working on a serial murder case, and now they've come to the end of their first date. They want to make sure their relationship lasts, but they are babes in the woods and the forest is scary. They have to face their dangers and fears, separately and together. Their challenges range from a drive-by shooting in Murder City USA to a seductive waiter at a resort hotel, but their worst difficulties are close to home: family expectations, health issues, money concerns, sexual styles. And "what are you going to do about kids, anyway?"
Ministry Among God's Queer Folk: LGBT Pastoral Care
December 6th 2007
ISBN0829817069 (ISBN13: 9780829817065)
This practical handbook, written by two self-described queer people of faith, covers the basic skills religious caregivers and ministry students need in order to be effective, enlightened, and supportive pastoral care providers to LGBTQ persons within as well as outside their congregations and communities
Islamic Homosexuality’s: Culture, History, and Literature
February 1st 1997
ISBN0814774687 (ISBN13: 9780814774687)
The dramatic impact of Islamic fundamentalism in recent years has skewed our image of Islamic history and culture. Stereotypes depict Islamic societies as economically backward, hyper-patriarchal, and fanatically religious. But in fact, the Islamic world encompasses a great diversity of cultures and a great deal of variation within those cultures in terms of gender roles and sexuality. The first collection on this topic from a historical and anthropological perspective, Homosexuality in the Muslim World reveals that patterns of male and female homosexuality have existed and often flourished within the Islamic world.
Mormon Grown Gay
January 16th 2017
The intent of this book is to encourage and inspire individuals to love who they are when they find themselves outside their cultural norm, and to thrive in their difference instead of striving to change or hide it. Brandea does this through sharing her own story, a long and bumpy, sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking road to self-love and acceptance. This book is not limited to Mormons who are gay. It speaks to a larger audience of any who feel demoralized and judged for being different than the majority around them when they are true to who they really are. It’s a story of one who deviated from the heterosexual majority knee deep in the Mormon heartland and underwent considerable religious and self-persecution as a result.
Please Stop Treating Them Like Lepers: A Challenge to the Church from a Parent of a Gay Child
July 12th 2016
Jesus Christ took a trip to Calvary to pay a price for mankind. This trip to Calvary redeemed fallen men and brought each and every one of us back into agreement with God. Unfortunately, there are those who feel that his trip to Calvary did not include the members of the LGBT community. This book challenges all those who may believe this. If Christ’s trip to Calvary excluded any one person or persons for any reason, then his trip was in vain, and we all need to question our salvation. His trip to Calvary was, in fact, all-inclusive! No one was exempt—no one! This book reminds us of that and challenges all of us to reach out to each and every member of the LGBT community with the same heart and compassion as we would to anyone else. This book is written from the perspectives of a minister and a parent of a gay child.
What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality
December 31st 1994
ISBN188636009X (ISBN13: 9781886360099)
Does God's word in the Bible really condemn homosexuality?...... Top scholars--like the late John Boswell of Yale, Daniel Boyarin of Berkeley, Bernadette Brooten of Brandeis, L.William Countryman of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Victor P. Furnish of SMU, Saul M. Olyan of Brown and Robin Scruggs of Union Theological Seminary--show that those who perceive Bible passages as condemning homosexuality are being misled by faulty translation and poor interpretation...... Danial A. Helminiak, Ph.D. respected theologian and Roman Catholic priest, explains in a clear fashion the fascinating new insights of these scholars...... The Bible has been used to justify slavery, inquisitions, apartheid and the subjugation of women. Now, in this books which has sold over 100 thousand copies, read what the Bible really says about homosexuality.
Twice Blessed: On Being Lesbian or Gay, and Jewish
July 20th 1997
ISBN080707909X (ISBN13: 9780807079096)
Gay and lesbian Jews discuss their lives, Jewish heritage, and reactions to discrimination.
Living in Sin?: A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality
February 2nd 1990
ISBN0060675071 (ISBN13: 9780060675073)
Is celibacy the only moral alternative to marriage? Should the widowed be allowed to form intimate relationships without remarrying? Should the church receive homosexuals into its community and support committed gay and lesbian relationships? Should congregations publicly and liturgically witness and affirm divorces? Should the church's moral standards continue to be set by patriarchal males? Should women be consecrated bishops? Bishop Spong proposes a pastoral response based on scripture and history to the changing realities of the modern world. He calls for a moral vision to empower the church with inclusive teaching about equal, loving, nonexploitative relationships.
Before Homosexuality in the Arab-Islamic World, 1500-1800
November 1st 2005
ISBN0226729885 (ISBN13: 9780226729886)
Attitudes toward homosexuality in the pre-modern Arab-Islamic world are commonly depicted as schizophrenic—visible and tolerated on one hand, prohibited by Islam on the other. Khaled El-Rouayheb argues that this apparent paradox is based on the anachronistic assumption that homosexuality is a timeless, self-evident fact to which a particular culture reacts with some degree of tolerance or intolerance. Drawing on poetry, biographical literature, medicine, dream interpretation, and Islamic texts, he shows that the culture of the period lacked the concept of homosexuality.
Gay Mormon Dad
January 8th 2018
Chad Anderson grew up gay in a large Mormon family. After years of trying to conform to religious standards, which promised a cure for homosexuality, he married and had children before finally coming out of the closet. Gay Mormon Dad is his story of finally learning to love himself in a complicated world. Chad currently resides with his two sons in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he works as a social worker and a writer.
Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God, and Race
June 13th 2017
ISBN1627782184 (ISBN13: 9781627782180)
This powerful book couldn't come at a more timely juncture. With our deep misunderstanding of racial identity, the murder of transgender women increasing at an alarming rate and the battle of faith and sexual orientation at churches across the country, we are in a cultural war of ideologies. Overwhelming prejudices have constricted our basic capacity for compassion and understanding. Live Through This is a collection of intimate essays about one man's journey to self- acceptance when his faith, sexuality, and race battled with societal norms. These insightful writings will plant seeds of consideration and inspire readers to stretch beyond stereotypes. By reading stories about the demographics that live on the fringe of traditions, we gain a deeper awareness of our cultural climate and how we can improve it, starting with ourselves.
Memoirs of a Jehovah's Witness Drag Queen from Fresno
October 3rd 2013
Memoirs of a Jehovah’s Witness Drag Queen from Fresno is a collection of true and comical stories with funny illustrations about my experience growing up as a Gay Boy, Drag Queen and Jehovah’s Witness in rural places like Fresno and Idaho. It’s full of wit, irony, humor and touching wisdom punctuated with delightful and comical caricatures that are bound to delight the inner child, stimulate the philosopher and tickle the irreverent degenerate.
The Thousand-Petaled Lotus: Growing Up Gay in the Southern Baptist Church
June 17th 2014
ISBN1626526494 (ISBN13: 9781626526495)
Growing up in a strict Southern Baptist community can be challenging for a child whose sexuality is considered a sin. In The Thousand-Petaled Lotus: Growing Up Gay in the Southern Baptist Church, Michael Fields takes readers on a hilarious and thought-provoking journey through his Nashville childhood, one filled with Southern characters, sexual awakening, anguished prayer, and an exhilarating search for truth. In the Hindu tradition, the thousand-petaled lotus is the saharara chakra at the top of the head, which blossoms at the moment of enlightenment. The Thousand-Petaled Lotus is structured as just that, a lotus of many petals unfolding. Fields' journey to reconcile his faith with his sexuality is a captivating story that blossoms when he finds what Jesus called the kingdom of heaven and sees that it is here now. The Thousand-Petaled Lotus is a rare story of personal and spiritual discovery, complete with metaphysical reflections, droll wit, and storytelling full of Southern charm.
Sex and the Sacred: Gay Identity and Spiritual Growth
April 20th 2006
ISBN1560233427 (ISBN13: 9781560233428)
Sex and the Sacred examines the spiritual dimension of human sexuality in a way that is free of religious affiliation but still open to traditional religion and belief in God. Dr. Daniel Helminiak, author of the best-selling What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality, looks at the relationship between sexuality and spirituality, first, from a humanistic perspective and, then, a more familiar Christian point of view. In particular, he encourages LGBTI people to reclaim their spiritual heritage without apology. This unique book emphasizes spiritual commitment as an essential facet of LGBTI/queer consciousness and addresses such burning themes as coming out, the importance of self-acceptance, gay marriage, gay bashing, and the ethics of gay sex.
Beyond a Binary God: A Theology for Trans* Allies
March 17th 2018
ISBN0898690226 (ISBN13: 9780898690224)
How the inclusion of trans people in our communities of faith has the potential to broaden our understanding - Written by a priest and parent of a trans person - Discussion/journaling questions included All are made in the image and likeness of God. If this is what we believe, then trans people, like all people, reflect something of God, and not just in the ways that they share in common with others, but also in the ways that they are different. They remind us that God is beyond all of our categories, even gender. In this book, Tara Soughers explores theology from the position of a trans ally-a parent of a trans young adult as well as priest. What does it mean about God and about humans, that there is not a strict gender binary?
Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality
December 31st 1980
ISBN0226067114 (ISBN13: 9780226067117)
John Boswell's highly acclaimed study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the Christian West challenges received opinion and our own preconceptions about the Church's past relationship to its gay members, among whom were priests, bishops and even canonized saints. The historical breadth of Boswell's research (from the Greeks to Aquinas) and the variety of sources consulted (legal, literary, theological, artistic, and scientific) make this one of the most extensive treatments of any single aspect of Western social history. The product of ten years of research and analysis of records in a dozen languages, this book opens up a new area of historical inquiry and helps elucidate the origins and operations of intolerance as a social force.
Soul of a Second Skin: The Journey of a Gay Christian Leatherman
November 6th 2007
ISBN1934625388 (ISBN13: 9781934625385)
Can a Christian be kinky? That's a question that is rarely asked. More specifically, can a gay Leatherman be a Christian? That is the key question that this book seeks to answer. Nationally known and respected Leatherman, author and speaker Hardy Haberman reveals his spiritual journey and gives readers both kinky and straight insight into the soul of his beliefs. His views on the BDSM lifestyle and Christianity are enlightening, entertaining and sometimes controversial, but the story of his journey is sure to be thought provoking.
Gay Rights and the Mormon Church: Intended Actions, Unintended Consequences
April 19th 2019
ISBN1607816636 (ISBN13: 9781607816638)
The Mormon Church entered the public square on LGBT issues by joining forces with traditional-marriage proponents in Hawaii in 1993. Since then, the church has been a significant player in the ongoing saga of LGBT rights within the United States and at times has carried decisive political clout. Gregory Prince draws from over 50,000 pages of public records, private documents, and interview transcripts to capture the past half-century of the Mormon Church’s attitudes on homosexuality. Initially that principally involved only its own members, but with its entry into the Hawaiian political arena, the church signaled an intent to shape the outcome of the marriage equality battle. That involvement reached a peak in 2008 during California’s fight over Proposition 8, which many came to call the “Mormon Proposition.”
Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims
December 6th 2013
ISBN0814744486 (ISBN13: 9780814744482)
Living Out Islam documents the rarely heard voices of Muslims who live in secular democratic countries and who are gay, lesbian, and transgender. It weaves original interviews with Muslim activists into a compelling composite picture which showcases the importance of the solidarity of support groups in the effort to change social relationships and achieve justice. This nascent movement is not about being “out” as opposed to being “in the closet.” Rather, as the voices of these activists demonstrate, it is about finding ways to live out Islam with dignity and integrity, reconciling their sexuality and gender with their faith and reclaiming Islam as their own.
God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality
October 25th 2011
ISBN0807001597 (ISBN13: 9780807001592)
Does the Bible prohibit homosexuality? No, says Bible scholar and activist Jay Michaelson. But not only that: Michaelson also shows that the vast majority of our shared religious traditions support the full equality and dignity of LGBT people. In this accessible, passionate, and provocative book, Michaelson argues for equality, not despite religion but because of it.
June 30th 2002
ISBN0415931673 (ISBN13: 9780415931670)
Queer Jews describes how queer Jews are changing Jewish American culture, creating communities and making room for themselves, as openly, unapologetically queer and Jewish. Combining political analysis and personal memoir, these essays explore the various ways queer Jews are creating new forms of Jewish communities and institutions, and demanding that Jewish communities become more inclusive.
Holy Homosexuals : The Truth About Being Gay or Lesbian and Christian
January 1st 1997
ISBN1887129049 (ISBN13: 9781887129046)
Yes, you can be gay or lesbian and Christian! You can be the happy, healthy, and holy person God created you to be. "I am not such an idealist that I believe we can live with pride without paying a price. I, too, have lost jobs and friends and even my church. I have had my tires slashed, the paint scratched off my car, my office ransacked, my churches bombed. Hardly a week goes by without some death-threat or hate-filled letter. There is one thing I have learned the hard way, however; the price tag for living with pride as an openly gay or lesbian person isn't nearly as high as the price of living with shame." --from Holy Homosexuals, the 2nd edition. What does it mean for lesbian and gay people that Jesus was tempted "like we are in every way?"
The Queer God
October 23rd 2003
ISBN041532324X (ISBN13: 9780415323246)
There are those who go to gay bars and salsa clubs with rosaries in their pockets, and who make camp chapels of their living rooms. Others enter churches with love letters hidden in their bags, because their need for God and their need for love refuse to fit into different compartments. But what goodness and righteousness can prevail if you are in love with someone whom you are ecclesiastically not supposed to love? Where is God in a salsa bar?
119: My Life as a Bisexual Christian
September 29th 2016
119: the number of words dedicated to bisexuality in the Church of England statement Issues in Human Sexuality. The words state that bisexuality inevitably leads to unfaithfulness, and prescribe celibacy, abstinence, heterosexual marriage or counselling ‘to achieve inner healing’. As a bisexual Christian woman, happily and faithfully married to a man, a mother of three children and with a blossoming ministry as a preacher, Jaime Sommers had always felt as if her true self did not really exist in the eyes of the Church. She could find neither theology nor pastoral support for a person who felt the need for physical closeness with both sexes in order to feel well or ‘whole’.
Queer Theory and the Jewish Question
November 19th 2003
ISBN0231113749 (ISBN13: 9780231113748)
The essays in this volume boldly map the historically resonant intersections between Jewishness and queerness, between homophobia and anti-Semitism, and between queer theory and theorizations of Jewishness. With important essays by such well-known figures in queer and gender studies as Judith Butler, Daniel Boyarin, Marjorie Garber, Michael Moon, and Eve Sedgwick, this book is not so much interested in revealing--outing--"queer Jews" as it is in exploring the complex social arrangements and processes through which modern Jewish and homosexual identities emerged as traces of each other during the last two hundred years.
A Cross to Bear No More: Compelling the Catholic Church and its Schools to Accept Gays
May 3rd 2015
For gay Catholics, being gay and part of the Catholic Church can be a tremendous cross to bear. The Church accepts the fact that homosexuality exists but then turns around and commands the gay Catholic to live a life like a celibate monk. All the while, the Church continues to teach and implement policies that cause direct psychological, emotional, and spiritual harm to millions of gay Catholics around the world. This harm manifests itself by spiritually torturing the young gay Catholic into thinking that there is a choice between accepting himself and receiving God’s love. This false dichotomy causes irreparable damage to young gays resulting in turmoil, confusion, in some cases, suicide.
Gay Christian 101: Spiritual Self-Defense for Gay Christians - What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality
June 27th 2007
ISBN0979246105 (ISBN13: 9780979246104)
Presents strong scriptural proof that God loves and affirms gay Christians. GC101 is written in clear, understandable language. Gay Christian 101 - Spiritual Self-Defense For Gay Christians, defends gay Christians and gay relationships which are within the Biblical moral framework, committed, faithful, noncultic. Reasonable, scriptural, thoughtful, this book offers cultural, doctrinal, historical, linguistic and religious proof that the same sex relationships condemned in the Bible are linked to ancient fertility goddess worship. Strongly Christian and evangelical, Brentlinger honors God and the written scriptures of truth in this powerful book.
Sanctified: An Anthology of Poetry by Lgbt Christians
July 15th 2008
ISBN1438247850 (ISBN13: 9781438247854)
Sanctified is the world's first poetry anthology featuring works exclusively by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans Christians. "I am excited about this publication because LGBT Christians' voices need to be heard not only in church meetings, city councils, and courtrooms, but also in the literary arena. I believe poetry is an intimate, very revealing form of writing, and that this anthology speaks deeply to the experience of queer Christians in our world," says editor Justin Cannon. "Sanctified is a powerful, poignant and diverse collection of ideas, thoughts, and especially emotions emanating from each poet's gentle, beautiful soul.
The Gay Mormon Quilter's Club
June 4th 2010
ISBN1609102533 (ISBN13: 9781609102531)
A gay quilting club in Salt Lake tries to win a contest using pornographic designs. A man tries to rebuild his life after being shot in the face by the wife of a man with whom he's having an affair. A college student becomes a false prophet to save his friends from disaster. A gay couple rejected by their biological families painstakingly creates a new "chosen" family.
Coming Out Young and Faithful
December 31st 2001
ISBN0829814140 (ISBN13: 9780829814149
Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America
April 8th 1994
ISBN0452273811 (ISBN13: 9780452273818)
Until Christmas Eve 1991, Mel White was regarded by the leaders of the religious right as one of their most talented and productive supporters. He penned the speeches of Ollie North. He was a ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, worked with Jim Bakker, flew in Pat Robertson's private jet, walked sandy beaches with Billy Graham. What these men didn't know was that Mel White—evangelical minister, committed Christian, family man—was gay. In this remarkable book, Mel White details his twenty-five years of being counseled, exorcised, electric-shocked, prayed for, and nearly driven to suicide because his church said homosexuality was wrong.
Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage
January 8th 2019
ISBN0664264611 (ISBN13: 9780664264611)
Same-sex marriage may be legal in America, but it's still far from the accepted norm, especially in Christian circles. So where can LBGTQ Christians who desire a lifelong, covenantal relationship look for dating and marriage advice when Christian relationship guides have not only simply ignored but actively excluded same-sex couples? David and Constantino Khalaf struggled to find relational role models and guidance throughout dating, their engagement, and the early months of their marriage. To fill this void, they began writing Modern Kinship, a blog exploring the unique challenges queer couples face on the road from singleness to marital bliss.
Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology
September 18th 2015
ISBN1498206646 (ISBN13: 9781498206648)
Our Lives Matter uses the tenor of the 2014 national protests that emerged as a response to excessive police force against Black people to frame the book as following the discursive tradition of liberation theologies broadly speaking and womanist theology specifically. Using a womanist methodological approach, Pamela R. Lightsey helps readers explore the impact of oppression against Black LBTQ women while introducing them to the emergent intellectual movement known as queer theology. The author privileges their narratives and experiences as she reviews several doctrines and dogma of the Christian church. Theological reflection on contemporary debates such as same-sex marriage and ordination rights make this book a valuable resource to clergy, students of theology, LGBTQ persons and allies.
How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism
July 14th 2008
ISBN0816649189 (ISBN13: 9780816649181)
Religious Right on the national agenda now, activists have spent decades fighting for their platform, seeing themselves as David against the religious right's Goliath. At the same time, the religious right has continuously and effectively countered the endeavors of lesbian and gay activists, working to repeal many of the laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and to advance a constitutional amendment "protecting" marriage.
Wrestling with the Angel: Faith and Religion In The Lives of Gay Men
May 9th 1995
ISBN1573220035 (ISBN13: 9781573220033)
In Wrestling with the Angel, twenty-one authors - gay men who are Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, and Mormon - explore in moving and powerful essays the paradox at the center of their faiths: If God creates each of us in His own image, then how can that image be "wrong"? In vivid descriptions of their paths toward spiritual and sexual identity, such eloquent contributors as David Plante, Mark Doty, Lev Raphael, Alfred Corn, Andrew Holleran, Frank Browning, Michael Nava, Brad Gooch, Fenton Johnson, and Felice Picano reveal the joys and frustrations of communicating with one's excommunicator or, in some cases, of constructing a faith of one's own.
Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders
March 15th 2012
ISBN0299287300 (ISBN13: 9780299287306)
After years of teaching literature at Yeshiva University, Professor Jay Ladin made headlines around the world by returning to the Orthodox Jewish campus as a woman: Joy Ladin. In Through the Door of Life, Joy Ladin takes readers inside her transition as she changed genders and, in the process, created a new self. With unsparing honesty and surprising humor, Ladin wrestles with both the practical problems of gender transition and the larger moral, spiritual, and philosophical questions that arise. Ladin recounts her struggle to reconcile the pain of her experience living as the “wrong” gender with the pain of her children in losing the father they love. We eavesdrop on her lifelong conversations with the God whom she sees both as the source of her agony and as her hope for transcending it.
UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question
November 8th, 2011
Shore is one of America's leading Christian writers on the subject of gay people and Christianity. His essays are widely credited with being central to the sea change in Christian thinking that has occurred on this issue in recent years. UNFAIR offers the best of Shore's writings on homosexuality and Christians/Christianity, along with heart-wrenching but ultimately inspiring letters from gay people telling what it's like to grow up, and live today, both gay and Christian. The book's opening essay, "Taking God at His Word: The Bible and Homosexuality," is a must-read for anyone seeking clarity on the relationship between the Bible, Christianity, and LGBT people. If you read only one book on this subject, make it this one.
Do Ask, Do Tell, Let's Talk: Why and How Christians Should Have Gay Friends
February 26th 2016
ISBN1941114113 (ISBN13: 9781941114117)
Conversations among friends accomplish more than debates between opponents. Conversations on controversial issues do not to go well when the dialogue happens community-to-community or figurehead-to-figurehead. Whether it's race, religion, or politics, groups don't talk well with groups. Too much is at stake when we feel like our words and actions speak for the collective whole. Platforms and podiums will never accomplish what can only be done around dinner tables and in living rooms.
Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church
September 5th 2000
ISBN0664229395 (ISBN13: 9780664229399)
In a powerful new book, evangelical theologian and former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Jack Rogers argues unequivocally for equal rights in the church and in society for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Throughout history, he observes, Christianity has moved towards ever greater openness and inclusiveness. Today's church is led by many of those who were once cast out: people of color, women, and divorced and remarried people. He argues that when we interpret the Bible through the lens of Jesus' redemptive life and ministry, we see that the church is called to grant equal rights to all people.
The Gay-Mormon Decade: Changing a Church from Within
January 14th 2013
Gay Mormons and their straight allies have improved the relationship between straight and gay members and have influenced church leaders; indeed, there’s been more gay-rights activism in the last 10 years than in the rest of the church’s history. However, much work remains. “The Gay-Mormon Decade” introduces us to the people who will continue to work toward those goals, tirelessly, and with courage.
Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation
October 3rd 2006
ISBN0664230466 (ISBN13: 9780664230463)
Probing into numerous questions about gender and sexuality, Dale Martin delves into the biblical texts anew and unearths surprising findings. Avoiding preconceptions about ancient sexuality, he explores the ethics of desire and marriage and pays careful attention to the original meanings of words, especially those used as evidence of Paul's opposition to homosexuality. For example, after a remarkably faithful reading of the scriptural texts, Martin concludes that our contemporary obsession with marriage--and the whole search for the "right" sexual relationships--is antithetical to the message of the gospel. In all of these essays, however, Martin argues for engaging Scripture in a way that goes beyond the standard historical-critical questions and the assumptions of textual agency in order to find a faith that has no foundations other than Jesus Christ.
Retreating Forward: A Spiritual Practice with Transgender Persons
March 29th 2017
ISBN1532605544 (ISBN13: 9781532605543)
Transgender people are among the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the world. Misinformation, lack of education, and lack of experience among cis-gendered persons often result in forms of violence and abuse directed towards those perceived as transgender or gender non-conforming. Such violence and abuse are not restricted to secular culture but expand into faith communities and essential forms of spiritual care and support. When transgender people of faith share the reality of their gender identity they often experience rejection by the very communities that should provide support, encouragement, and practical ministries of hospitality.
Reformation of the Heart: Seasonal Meditations by a Gay Christian
August 1st 2001
ISBN0664223060 (ISBN13: 9780664223069)
In these meditations for the church year, Chris Glaser continues his tradition of writing meaningful Christian meditations for gays, lesbians, and their families and friends. He begins where the Christian story and calendar begin--with Advent and Christmas, writing about Jesus' spiritual ancestors. For Epiphany, in addition to Christian understandings of the season, Glaser explores Epiphany as unexpected revelation and as manifestations of divinity. In the Lenten meditations, he writes on reformation and the necessity of reforming oneself as one reforms the church. This collection is sure to be an important seasonal resource for many years.
Us Versus Us: The Untold Story of Religion and the LGBT Community
June 1st 2016
ISBN1631466194 (ISBN13: 9781631466199)
Would you believe that 86 percent of LGBT people--from the proud marcher at the Pride Parade to the quiet, closeted teen--spent their childhood in church? More than half of them left those religious communities as adults; three out of four would be happy to come back. For decades now we have found our-selves caught up in a culture war: us versus them. Good news: there is no them. Our culture war has been a civil war: Us versus Us. And there is a path toward meaningful peace. Andrew Marin brings the startling findings of his largest-ever scientific survey of the religious history, practices, and beliefs of the LGBT community. Marin's findings offer clear direction for both sides of a long cultural battle to meet in the middle, sacrificing neither conviction nor integrity as they rediscover the things they have in common and the hope found in Christ alone.
The Passing Game: Queering Jewish American Culture
November 3rd 2008
ISBN0815632029 (ISBN13: 9780815632023)
Tony Kushner’s award-winning epic play Angels in America was remarkable not only for its sensitive engagement of Jewish- American and gay culture but also for bringing these themes to a mainstream audience. While the play represented a watershed in American theater and culture, it belies a hundred years of previous attention to queer Jewish identity in twentieth-century American literature, drama, and film. In The Passing Game, Warren Hoffman sheds light on this long history, taking up both Yiddish and English narratives that explore the tensions among Jewish identity, queer sexuality, performance, and American citizenship.
Giving a Voice to the Voiceless
April 11th 2016
ISBN1498289266 (ISBN13: 9781498289269)
The problem this project addresses is the sense of marginalization experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) and same-sex attracted (SSA) Christian college and university students. Data was collected via an online questionnaire and the study design mixed methods with an emphasis on the qualitative data. The study sample included eighty students/alumni from thirty-two Christian colleges/universities. Generally, respondents felt lonely, hid their sexuality, and reported a negative campus climate. Recommendations from respondents include: institutional policies must be clearer and applied consistently, improve campus climate, and form support groups for LGB and SSA students.
Jewish/Christian/Queer: Crossroads and Identities
May 28th 2009
ISBN0754673758 (ISBN13: 9780754673750)
At a time when major branches of Judaism and most Christian denominations are addressing the relationship between religion and homosexuality, Jewish/Christian/Queer offers a unique examination of the similarities between the queer intersections of Judaism and Christianity, and the queer intersections of the homosexual and the religious. This volume investigates three forms of queerness; the rhetorical, theological and the discursive dissonance at the meeting points between Christianity and Judaism; the crossroads of the religious and the homosexual; and the intersections of these two forms of queerness, namely where the religiously queer of Jewish and Christian speech intersects with the sexually queer of religiously identified homosexual discourse.
Sexuality: The Inclusive Church Resource
January 5th 2015
There is a huge need for churches to be more inclusive - some might be more inclusive in some areas than others (both in attitude and resources), but on the whole this is a massive failing of churches. Most church leaders recognize this failing but lack the resources and understanding to effect meaningful change. The Inclusive Church Resources aim to educate, to reflect theologically and to provide practical advice and guidance. Each book contains first-hand personal experiences of people from the marginalized group, a theological reflection by a leading thinker and a resource section containing addresses, websites and practical advice on improving your church's inclusivity. The theological section on sexuality is written by Susannah Cornwell.
Outing the Church: 40 Years in the Queer Christian Movement
June 25th 2013
This book explores the important work of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) to minister to lesbians, gays, trans people, prostitutes (both male and female), prisoners, HIV/AIDS patients, and more, told primarily from the point of view of the denomination's Moderator, Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson. Wilson’s message shines with wit, insight, irony, righteous indignation, and empathy. Her stories will inspire you, break your heart, and fill you with hope.
Embracing the Exile : Healing Journeys of Gay Christians
January 1st 1985
ISBN0816426376 (ISBN13: 9780816426379)
"Embracing The Exile bears witness to the integrity of its author, a gay who is a psychotherapist. This book reflects the depths of John Fortunado's faith, hope, and love of the God whom he meets in his sisters and brothers. It is a gentle- flowing book, an inspirational book of compassion and courage. I recommend it to church people, therapists, and above all to the 'exiled' gay men and lesbians seeking hope and encouragement."
Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community
June 1st 2010
ISBN1556438133 (ISBN13: 9781556438134)
While the Jewish mainstream still argues about homosexuality, transgender and gender-variant people have emerged as a distinct Jewish population and as a new chorus of voices. Inspired and nurtured by the successes of the feminist and LGBT movements in the Jewish world, Jews who identify with the “T” now sit in the congregation, marry under the chuppah, and create Jewish families. Balancing on the Mechitza offers a multifaceted portrait of this increasingly visible community
Unnatural: Spiritual Resiliency in Queer Christian Women
August 5th 2014
ISBN1625647409 (ISBN13: 9781625647405)
As a freshman in college, Rachel Murr found herself trying to decide which campus social group to join: the gay and lesbian advocacy group or the campus Christian fellowship. She knew it couldn't be both. For the next fifteen years she held onto the belief that she couldn't be both gay and Christian. When the pain involved in trying not to be lesbian called for a change in theology, she came out to her evangelical church. Conflict ensued. Unnatural is a collection of stories-- not only of the harm religiously-inspired negative messages about homosexuality inflict, but also of redemption. Rachel uses her own story as well as personal interviews with ten other queer women and one female-to-male transgender man to tell how they were judged, lectured, kicked out of homes and families, subjected to reparative therapies, and even assaulted.
The Way Forward: Christian Voices on Homosexuality and the Church
January 1, 1997
ISBN0802827772 (ISBN13: 9780802827777)
The subject of homosexuality is the most pressing dilemma facing churches today. On the heels of controversial church appointments in both America and Great Britain, people everywhere are struggling to come to terms with the issues at stake in this divisive debate. "The Way Forward?" is a timely book that sets out the full range of Christian responses to the issue of homosexuality and offers mature, informed contributions from key figures on all sides of the debate. The authors, representing different subject areas and realms of experience, explore the question of homosexuality from new perspectives. Their essays are uniquely insightful, recognizing that the issue of homosexuality is both a ecclesial-political and a theological matter, and their approaches to the subject are uniformly sensitive, characterized by Christian courtesy rather than hostility or drama.
In God's Image: Christian Witness to the Need for Gay/Lesbian Equality in the Eyes of the Church
June 28th 1991
ISBN0962475122 (ISBN13: 9780962475122)
There is no false romanticism in the book, rather a keen understanding of the sin and brokenness in which we all share and the forgiving grace by which we obtain health and salvation--all based on an honest approach to the Bible.--Bishop George West Barrett (from the foreword)
Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights
August 24th 2015
ISBN1469624117 (ISBN13: 9781469624112)
With a focus on mainline Protestants and gay rights activists in the twentieth century, Heather R. White challenges the usual picture of perennial adversaries with a new narrative about America's religious and sexual past. White argues that today's antigay Christian traditions originated in the 1920s when a group of liberal Protestants began to incorporate psychiatry and psychotherapy into Christian teaching. A new therapeutic orthodoxy, influenced by modern medicine, celebrated heterosexuality as God-given and advocated a compassionate "cure" for homosexuality.
Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms
November 28th 2014
ISBN1479826189 (ISBN13: 9781479826186)
Queerness and Christianity, often depicted as mutually exclusive, both challenges received notions of the good and the natural. Nowhere is this challenge more visible than in the identities, faiths, and communities that queer Christians have long been creating. As Christians they have staked a claim for a Christianity that is true to their self-understandings. How do queer-identified persons understand their religious lives? And in what ways do the lived experiences of queer Christians respond to traditions and reshape them in contemporary practice?
Queer Jihad: LGBT Muslims on Coming Out, Activism, and the Faith
September 23rd 2013
ISBN0980013836 (ISBN13: 9780980013832)
Chronicling the struggles of key individuals and organizations on the path to reconcile sexuality and faith, "Queer Jihad" is a look at a global movement that defies stereotype. Whether in the face of a post-9/11 West, or in the company of harsh laws in the East, a new generation of LGBT Muslims is rising up to own their voice, demand their rights, and encounter the change of the world as they know it.
The Reappearing Act: Coming Out on a College Basketball Team Led By Born-Again Christians
May 6th, 2014
ISBN1629142050 (ISBN13: 9781629142050)
It’s hard enough coming out, but playing basketball for a nationally ranked school and trying to figure out your sexual identity in the closeted and paranoid world of big-time college sports—that’s a challenge. Kate Fagan’s love for basketball and for her religious teammates at the University of Colorado was tested by the gut-wrenching realization that she could no longer ignore the feelings of otherness inside her. In trying to blend in, Kate had created a hilariously incongruous world for herself in Boulder. Her best friends were part of Colorado’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where they ran weekly Bible studies and attended an Evangelical Free Church. For nearly a year, Kate joined them and learned all she could about Christianity—even holding their hands as they prayed for others “living a sinful lifestyle.”
Blessing Same-Sex Unions: The Perils of Queer Romance and the Confusions of Christian Marriage
May 15th 2005
ISBN0226410331 (ISBN13: 9780226410333)
At most church weddings, the person presiding over the ritual is not a priest or a pastor, but the wedding planner, followed by the photographer, the florist, and the caterer. And in this day and age, more wedding theology is supplied by Modern Bride magazine or reality television than by any of the Christian treatises on holy matrimony. Indeed, church weddings have strayed long and far from distinctly Christian aspirations. The costumes and gestures might still be right, but the intentions are hardly religious.
Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity
August 22nd 2017
ISBN0830845127 (ISBN13: 9780830845125)
2017 Foreword INDIES Award FinalistIn an age where neither society nor the church knows what to do with gay Christians, Greg Coles tells his own story. Let's make a deal, you and me. Let's make promises to each other. I promise to tell you my story. The whole story. I'll tell you about a boy in love with Jesus who, at the fateful onset of puberty, realized his sexual attractions were persistently and exclusively for other guys. I'll tell you how I lay on my bed in the middle of the night and whispered to myself the words I've whispered a thousand times since: "I'm gay." I'll show you the world through my eyes.
Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church
May 20th 2014
ISBN1587433559 (ISBN13: 9781587433559)
Committed Christians may respond differently to gay and lesbian Christians. How can we engage those with whom we might disagree and navigate our journey together in a way that nurtures unity, hospitality, humility, and justice? Through her extensive experience in ministering to gay and lesbian Christians, Wendy VanderWal-Gritter has come to believe we need a new paradigm for how the church engages those in the sexual minority. She encourages generous spaciousness, a hope-filled, relational way forward for those in turmoil regarding a response to gay and lesbian Christians.
Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology
March 1st 2011
ISBN1596271329 (ISBN13: 9781596271326)
Contextual theologies have developed from a number of perspectives including feminist theology, Black theology, womanist theology, Latin American liberation theology, and Asian American theology and a wide variety of academic and general introductions exist to examine each one. However, Radical Love is the first introductory textbook on the subject of queer theology. Queer theology is concerned with questions about the meaning of existence, as posed by lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and other queer seekers. The classic problems of theology apply: the problems of both natural and human evil; the problem of God, or the ultimate source of the universe; the problem of the purpose of human life; the problem of ethical conduct; and the problem of human desire for eternal life.
Homosexuality in Islam: Critical Reflection on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims
February 1st, 2010
ISBN1851687017 (ISBN13: 9781851687015)
The first English-language book length treatment to offer a detailed analysis of how Islamic scripture, jurisprudence, and hadith can accommodate homosexuality and transgenderism.
That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith & Family
September 25th 2017
In That We May Be One, Tom Christofferson shares perspectives gained from his life's journey as a gay man who left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then returned to it. After having asked to be excommunicated from the faith he was raised in, Tom spent two decades in a loving relationship with a committed partner. But gradually, the love of family, friends, and strangers and the Spirit of the Lord worked on him until he found himself one night sitting in his car in front of the bishop's house...
Boy Erased: A Memoir
May 10th 2016
ISBN1594633010 (ISBN13: 9781594633010)
The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness.
Equal Rites: Lesbian and Gay Worship, Ceremonies, and Celebrations
January 1st 1995
ISBN0664255353 (ISBN13: 9780664255350)
Equal Rites is a much-needed collection of worship services, ceremonies, and celebrations that is attuned to the unique needs of sexual minorities. The selections, written primarily by lesbians and gay men, include rites of spiritual beginnings, healing, blessings, holy communion, and pride and empowerment. Also included are funeral memorial services and seasonal and holiday rites for couples. More than a collection, Equal Rites can also serve as a reference book for creating unique and meaningful worship services that address significant aspects of lesbian and gay spirituality.
What's Wrong With Homosexuality?
March 1st 2013
ISBN0199856311 (ISBN13: 9780199856312)
Is homosexuality unnatural? Does the Bible condemn it? Are people born gay (and should it matter either way)? Corvino approaches such questions with precision, sensitivity, and good humor. In the process, he makes a fresh case for moral engagement, forcefully rejecting the idea that morality is a "private matter." This book appears at a time when same-sex marriage is being hotly debated across the U.S. Many people object to such marriage on the grounds that same-sex relationships are immoral, or at least, that they do not deserve the same social recognition as heterosexual relationships. Unfortunately, the traditional rhetoric of gay-rights advocates--which emphasizes privacy and tolerance--fails to meet this objection.
God's Bullies: Power Politics and Religious Tyranny
ISBN0030597064 (ISBN13: 9780030597060)
Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction
November 6th 2015
ISBN1633893375 (ISBN13: 9781633893375)
Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian…and a pastor. Very few issues in Christianity are as divisive as the acceptance of the LGBT community in the church. As a pastor and as a person with beloved family members living a gay lifestyle, Caleb had to face this issue with courage and grace. Messy Grace shows us that Jesus’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself” doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”—or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find it hard to relate to.
Two Words: Why Hearing "I'm Gay
December 20th 2013
ISBN1494389762 (ISBN13: 9781494389765)
When Chris said the two words that Emily never imagined she'd hear, "I'm gay," her entire world was shaken. Raised in conservative Christianity, his being gay forced her to question everything she believed about homosexuality, and why. In order to try and find the answers to these questions, Emily spent three years talking to people in the LGBT community, listening to their stories, and experiencing things that challenged and stretched her. One of these experiences was collecting hundreds of postcards created by Christians, and passing them out at her local PRIDE festival. Another was getting involved with the fight to pass a city ordinance for LGBT protection, and suffering intense opposition from churches in her community.
Life in Paradox: The Story of a Gay Catholic Priest
July 1st 2008
ISBN1846941121 (ISBN13: 9781846941122)
States that no issue divides the Christian community more than homosexuality. This book looks at life on both sides of the liberal/conservative divide that crosses through church and society alike.
April 20th 2011
ISBN1461034221 (ISBN13: 9781461034223)
What is it like to be a Mormon who is attracted to the same gender rather than the opposite gender? How does this fit into a culture and religion centered on heterosexual marriage? In this book, thirty-seven individuals share their personal experiences, offering a window into these complex questions. The intense despair felt by gay and lesbian Mormon youth poses a significant challenge to their families, teachers, and ecclesiastical leaders who love them but who may be unaware of their difficulties or uncertain of how to help. These youth are often among the most devoted to their faith.
From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ
March 1st 2012
ISBN1596272384 (ISBN13: 9781596272385)
Throughout the history of Christianity, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT” or “queer”) people have been condemned as unrepentant sinners who are in dire need of God’s saving grace. As a result of this condemnation, LGBT people have been subjected to great spiritual, emotional and physical abuse and violence. This issue has taken on a particular urgency in light of the horrific string of suicides over the last year of young LGBT people who were subjected to harassment and bullying by their classmates. Cheng argues that people need to be liberated from the traditional legal model of thinking about sin and grace as a violation of divine and natural laws in which grace is understood as the strength to refrain from violating such laws. Rather Cheng proposes a Christological model based upon the theologies of Irenaeus, Bonaventure and Barth, in which sin and grace are defined in terms of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
Speaking of Christ: A Lesbian Feminist Voice
October 1st 1989
ISBN0829808299 (ISBN13: 9780829808292)
The uncompromising writings of one of present-day Christianity's most original thinkers, inviting us to respond faithfully and radically by taking the risks necessary to secure genuine justice in society.
Being Gay, Being Christian
January 18th 2012
ISBN1921497076 (ISBN13: 9781921497070)
Is it possible to be both gay and Christian? This book explains, calmly and logically, that the two are not mutually exclusive. With the support of some of the finest scientific and theological minds, Dr Stuart Edser presents a compelling case for tolerance and acceptance, rejecting the traditional Christian view that gay people are either sick or sinful as a result of their sexual orientation. While shrill voices of prejudiced fundamentalism are raised from all sides of the Christian church, he invites the reader to a new experience of God. Dr Edser is uniquely qualified to explain the biology, psychology and sociology of being gay, as well as to examine the Bible, its interpretation, and traditional Christian teaching on sexual morality.
The Body and Society: Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity
January 1st 1988
ISBN0231061013 (ISBN13: 9780231061018)
Addresses the practice of permanent sexual renunciation that developed in Christian circles from the first to the fifth centuries AD. This book describes the early Christians and their preoccupations. It follows the reflection and controversy these notions generated among Christian writers. It is intended for classicists and medievalists.
Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith
December 31st 2003
ISBN0829815287 (ISBN13: 9780829815283)
A transgendered clergyperson seeks to explore the spiritual nature of transgendered persons, to listen to the stories of others like himself, and to give a positive voice to the community.
Queer and Catholic
September 28th 2017
ISBN0232533091 (ISBN13: 9780232533095)
This superb memoir of a gay, working class boy from Manchester exploring how to reconcile his sexuality with his Catholicism is all the more powerful because of his deep knowledge of and commitment to his faith. Spanning the late 1960s to the present day, Mark Dowd’s Queer and Catholic chronicles a changing attitude to same-sex attraction over more than half a century and is packed with stories in turn funny, deeply moving and spiritually insightful, including: coming out to his parents by talking in his sleep, training to become a Dominican priest before eloping from a religious order with an ex friar, and attending the funeral of his father – accompanied by his father!
Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay
January 2nd 1997
ISBN0824519221 (ISBN13: 9780824519223)
Discrimination against gays and lesbians extends from the highest echelons of the Catholic Church to the pews. For James Alison, a gay Catholic theologian, the key to moving beyond resentment is a radical re-conversion to the gospel message of God’s love and understanding that even those in power are our brothers and sisters.
Gay Christian Survivors: Defeating Anti-Gay Views With the Word of God
August 27th 2013
ISBN1492256617 (ISBN13: 9781492256618)
The 2013 Updated 2nd Edition! Have you been left out in the cold by the church's unbiblical antigay teachings? Do you know someone who has been hurt? Are you a person who teaches anti-gay doctrines? Are you just curious about what God's Word says about homosexual identity? If you can answer YES to any of these questions, this book is just for you! There is no word play here, no attempt at looking for loopholes in God's Word, no long-winded historical analysis and flowery liberal rhetoric on the subject. Gay Christian Survivors is the book edition of the popular online outreach of the same name by King James Bible Ministry and Under the Son Ministries. It is a Conservative Evangelical Christian minister's intensive and prayerful study on the issue of homosexuality AS THE BIBLE tells it.
Queer Dharma: Voices of Gay Buddhists
October 1st 1997
ISBN0940567229 (ISBN13: 9780940567221)
Thou Shalt Not Love: What Evangelicals Really Say to Gays
October 15th 200
ISBN0971468621 (ISBN13: 9780971468627)
The failure of reparative therapy attended by the author lead him to investigate both the scientific and biblical views of homosexuality. It illuminates many issues faced by gays, their families, counselors and ministers including the debate about same-sex marriage.
July 26th 2018
ISBN1498218792 (ISBN13: 9781498218795)
What do Christianity and queerness have to do with each other? Can Christianity be queered? Queer Theology offers a readable introduction to a difficult debate. Summarizing the various apologetic arguments for the inclusion of queer people in Christianity, Tonstad moves beyond inclusion to argue for a queer theology that builds on the interconnection of theology with sex and money. Thoroughly grounded in queer theory as well as in Christian theology, Queer Theology grapples with the fundamental challenges of the body, sex, and death, as these are where queerness and Christianity find (and, maybe, lose) each other
Coming Out Book: The Story of a Gay Christian Youth Pastor
August 5th 2014
"I literally could not put it down!" "Breathtaking journey, that everyone has to read!" "Bold and vulnerable, way ahead of its time, it is going to become a bestseller in 2014, no question!"
Sexuality and the Christian Body: Their Way Into the Triune God
August 25th 1999
ISBN0631210709 (ISBN13: 9780631210702)
God and the Body addresses the challenges to traditional Christianity by gay and lesbian Christians and their critics within the church. This controversial book will be welcomed for the radical new insights it provides into Christian arguments about the body.