books of gay spirit & wisdom


Lethe's gay titles include an array of gay-positive novels, poetry, erotica and literature for gay men & lesbians. In addition, Lethe haswhite crane brought out new and classic titles in gay spirituality and gay wisdom in the White Crane Gay Spirituality Series. Lethe is one of the world's leading publishers of gay and lesbian spirituality, poetry, and independent fiction. Below is a list of Lethe Press's books of gay spirit, spirituality and wisdom--both fiction and non-fiction.

"Spirituality" is about understanding the meaning of the myths and stories that come down to us through culture and, especially, through religion. Many gay and lesbian people are very religious, but because of our sexuality, we have to seek beyond the surface of our religiousness. The titles below recount gay people's experience of pursuing the spiritual life, often by escaping traditional religion and  finding personal understanding that transcends belief, doctrine and myth.



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Extraordinary Hearts: Reclaiming Gay Sensibility’s Central Role in the Progress of Civilization


The 100 Collected “Nick Benton’s Gay Science” Essays


by Nicholas F. Benton

This book is a compilation of 100 columns published under the title, “Nick Benton’s Gay Science” on consecutive weeks from October 2010 through September 2012 on the website of the Falls Church News-Press and in print in the Metro Weekly, one of two prominent newspapers for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area LGBT community. That period covered the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Broadway revival of Larry Kramer’s powerful play The Normal Heart, the President of the United States proclaiming himself in favor of gay marriage as well as the ongoing positive progression of gay rights. Benton’s columns contributed to the dialogue shaping LGBT identity and self-esteem going forward into a new world of equality.

 The book's essays explore the prevalence of a core “gay sensibility,” including “alternate sensuality” and “constructive non-conformity,” that make up a preponderance of same-sex oriented persons and describes the central role they've played from ancient Greece, the New Testament era, the early church, the Renaissance, the American revolution and the advancement of progressive values in the U.S. through the 20th century to the present. Benton examines a wide range of literary works and films, from “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” to “Death in Venice,” “Streetcar Named Desire,” “Angels in America,” “The Normal Heart,” “Velvet Goldmine,” “Billy Elliot,” “Splendor in the Grass,” “Leaves of Grass,” “Dead Poets Society,” "Boys in the Band,” Shakespeare's “Sonnets,” “A Single Man,” “The Sermon on the Mount,” “And the Band Played On,” “The Habit of Art,” and very much more.


“A distinguished, prolific journalist collects two years of published essays on the homosexual movement and its historic legacy...The outspoken author believes his writings collectively galvanize ‘a new dialogue on shaping LGBT identity and self-esteem going forward into a new world of equality.’ Readers will come away with much the same sentiment...Benton weaves his own history as an early gay liberation advocate, and his highly intellectual, pioneering nature is evident...Insightful and valid.”         —Kirkus Review

The author writes about Extraordinary Hearts for Huffington Post

"Benton offers these essays as a refrain. After all, this is someone with a message. Ultimately, this collection is far more complicated than a clarion call against one ideology in favor of another. It’s visionary. The reader is summoned to consider an end to power dominance—a terminal rebuke to a death-dealing patriarchy—favoring instead empathic and relational, life-affirming creativity within a community invigorated by soul-searching."
— from a VERY good review by Steven F. Dansky

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344 pages, 89000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-392-6
1-59021-392-0
eISBN 978-1-59021-599-9

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The Double: Male Eros, Friendships, and Mentoring—From Gilgamesh To Kerouac


Edward C. Sellner

Ancient Greeks and Romans had a term for the Double, referring to such an entity as a personal daemon or protector, a “heavenly twin,” who acts as an invisible guide during the lifetime of an individual.  Recent Jungian psychologists refer to “the double” as "a soul figure with all the erotic and spiritual significance" attached to those inner figures whom Jung called "anima" (the inner feminine side of men) and "animus" (the inner masculine side of women). The double archetype, however, is not of the opposite, but of the same gender.  Every man and woman carries within his or her soul this psychic pattern or energy, expressed in the need for same-sex relationships of love, tenderness, affirmation and intimacy.  For the male, this archetype contains those of father, son, brother, and, for some, lover; for the female, those of mother, daughter, sister, and lover would apply. The double is facilitative of rapport, creating an atmosphere between doubles of profound equality and deep familiarity that can lead to the development of self-awareness, self-identity, and great creativity. For men, it lies behind males bonding intellectually, emotionally, and at times physically with other males, and is responsible for any collaborative efforts between them. This archetype is particularly significant in education, expressing itself in those friendships that frequently occur between younger and older men, students and teachers, mentors and protégés.
 This book examines the concept of the Double in history and literary sources, from the earliest known literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, to the life and writings of the 20th-century Beat writer, Jack Kerouac.  Drawing upon his knowledge of theology, Jungian psychology, literature, and the history of Christian spirituality, Ed Sellner shows how this inner figure, reflected in those close friendships between men as fathers and sons, brothers, mentors, guides, and lovers is helpful for all men in their journey toward spiritual meaning and wholeness.
 

Key features: 
•  This book can be an invaluable resource for helping readers identify significant male figures in their lives with whom they experience common bonds.
•  The potential psychological and spiritual benefits of developing such relationships are proposed.
•   In its focus upon male spirituality, the book explores the nature and depth of intimate male bonds, and offers helpful insights into the nature of masculinity.
•  The diversity of sexualities among men is examined, as well as the extreme harm done to individuals and communities as a result of homophobic projections.

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388 pages, 146000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-314-8
1-59021-314-9
eISBN 978-1-59021-258-5

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Latter-Gay Saints

An Anthology of Gay Mormon Fiction

Edited and Introduced by Gerald S. Argetsinger
Co-edited by Jeff Laver and Johnny Townsend

Latter-Gay Saints brings together twenty-five exemplary short works depicting a variety of perspectives of what it means to be both Mormon and gay. 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 gay/lesbian 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 LGBT 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.

Contributors include David Leavitt, Rik Isensee, Bernard Cooper, Ken Shakin, Dirk Vanden, Carol Lynn Pearson

Article in Huffington Post about Latter-Gay Saints

"Although the work deals with gay Mormons, the struggles and solutions of the individuals will resonate across faith traditions and help readers better understand the cost of excluding gay members from full religious participation. (July)"
read full review -- Publisher's Weekly Review

Review at Out in Print

Article by Dick Smart in Lambda Literary: "The Books of Mormon"

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336 pages, 140000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-264-6
1-59021-264-9
eISBN 978-1-59021-265-3

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Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love


by Will Roscoe

Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love won the 2004 Lambda Literary Award for Spirituality/Religion.

Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love is a passionate exploration of the history of Western religion as seen through the queer eye of one of the most widely acclaimed authors in gay spirituality. Drawing on recently discovered ancient sources, Will Roscoe offers a striking new view of Jesus as a charismatic mystic, whose teachings on love and the kingdom of heaven were complemented by a secret rite that served to impart the experience of entering heaven. After meticulously reconstructing this rite, Roscoe seeks its ultimate origins--an odyssey that eventually leads him to the margins of the inhabited world, where the ancient practices of shamanism survive to today. Whether discussing early Christianity, Plato's Symposium, the rites of shamans, or the myths of ancient Mesopotamia, Roscoe uncovers fresh insights at every turn. He builds a persuasive argument that mysticism and gay love are powerfully connected, and that this connection forms a hidden tradition in the history of Western religion. This new release updates references to substantiating information and reports on the response to those ideas in the decade since the book's first publication.

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236 pages, 91000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-380-3
1-59021-380-7
eISBN 978-1-59021-382-7

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Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child Was Saved from Religion

by Scott Terry

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 will 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. But by adulthood, Terry found himself no longer believing in the promised apocalypse. Through a series of adventures and misadventures, he left the Witness religion behind and became a cowboy, riding bulls in the rodeo. He overcame the hurdles of parental abuse, religious extremism, and homophobia and learned that Truth is a concept of honesty rather than false righteousness, a means to live a life openly, for Terry as a gay man.

“Scott Terry’s gritty, colorful account of his church-choked years is insightful and cringe-inducing--a window into the lives of people with a terrible need to confine themselves and others in rigid little boxes. I shuddered at his predicament, marveled at his resilience, and was heartened by his breakthrough.”
—Will Fellows, Lambda Literary Award finalist and author of A Passion to Preserve and Farm Boys

Facebook Page for Cowboys, Armageddon and The Truth

An Out in Print Best Book of 2012

"A lively, affectionate autobiography with messages of inspiration and acceptance." excerpted from Review from Kirkus Review

Interview with Scott Terry in the Huffington Post

Article about Scott Terry in the Bay Area Reporter for National Coming Out Day, 2012

Listen to Scott Terry on KPFA Cover to Cover with Denny Smithson

One of The ADVOCATE's 20 "must-read" books of the year

Review in January Magazine: This just in…

Good review in The Mockingjay

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252 pages, 85000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-366-7
1-59021-366-1

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Dirk Vanden's All Together won a
2012 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Erotica

It Was Too Soon Before…
The unlikely life, untimely death, and unexpected rebirth of Gay Pioneer, Dirk Vanden


By Dirk Vanden

It Was Too Soon Before… is the autobiography of Richard Fullmer who wrote under the nom de plume Dirk Vanden. He was a serious novelist in the early days of the development of the gay literary genre. His first books were published--augmented with sex scenes inserted by the publisher--as porn pulps. The book tells the story of his life from his upbringing as a devout Mormon to his discovery of sexual realities to his move to the gay meccas of San Francisco and Los Angeles in the 1960s and discovery of the thriving gay counterculture through the death to AIDS of his longtime partner to retirement and obscurity to a "rebirth" as his books have been rediscovered by modern gay literary scholars. The book includes "The Wit & Wisdom of Gabriel Horny," a collection of humor and wisdom in  short aphorisms that express the spiritual wisdom Fullmer has garnered through his 78 years.

Includes two sections of photographs from the author's life.

With an Introduction by Toby Johnson

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Rainbow Award winner
--Best LGBT Biographies and Memoirs
AND Best Gay Book

Reader comments:

“…fantastic…enthralling…inspiring! I experienced: anger, sympathy, heartbreak, excitement, and always fascination.” –Kathy

”Top marks, extraordinary!” –Lee
 
‘BTW, I read "Too Soon" and it's the best thing I've seen all year, both as a memoir and an historical record. Bravo!’  Lee Rowland in a comment on Facebook
 
Maitland McDonagh: “Enthralling memoir -- I highly recommend it.”
 
A.B. GAYLE: “Just wanted to congratulate Dirk Vanden for not only winning Best LGBT Biographies & Memoirs but also being placed equal third overall in the Best Gay Novel/Book. It's not an easy read at times, but well worth looking at to get a feel for what men like Dirk went through. Life (and publishing) has always been a battle for him.” 


Good review by Amos Lassen

Instructive and interesting review by Kitt Cherry at JesusInLove.com

Mention in Houston's Out Smart Magazine

Dirk Vanden is mentioned prominently in an article by Dick Smart in Lambda Literary: "The Books of Mormon"

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Dirk Vanden is a talented painter. One of his favorite subjects is roses. Some of his paintings are available for sale--and in Floral Notecards.

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Lethe Press
260 pages, 77000 words
5.5x8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-354-4
1-59021-354-8 eISBN 978-1-59021-415-2

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The Secret of the Golden Phallus
: Male Erotic Alchemy for the 21st Century


by Bruce P Grether

Introduction by Joseph Kramer
Commentary by Toby Johnson

This book can transform how you see yourself and can even change your life. Major taboos remain around male genitals and eroticism, taboos that you must dissolve in order to reclaim who and what you really are. It is time on our rapidly changing planet to merge the erotic with the sacred, and for you to reclaim your body as a temple. Revealed here as never before, is the authentic phallic wisdom of Male Erotic Alchemy for too long deliberately obscured by the dominant cultures. Ancient wisdom combines with cutting-edge practices that are simple, yet powerful tools you can actually use. The Triple God concept and the three forms of Male Solo Sex Magick will unleash your creative, sustaining, and regenerative powers. You are encouraged to honestly embrace your own phallus and enhanced erotic ecstasy as the legitimate core of your male identity. The Secret of the Golden Phallus will help you to become a happier, healthier, more balanced man.


Great review posted to a yahoo group by a reader:
 I have now read the above book by Bruce Grether.  Hey, this is gospel. This is "good news".  The worshipful, mindful practice is there and it is backed up with mythology(in the vein of Joseph Campbell)which adds depth and a spiritual flavor. And there is more.  That cosmic Oneness and a Blakian mysticism as in "To see the universe in penis and experience eternity in the palm of your hand".  And this, of course, brings us full circle back to the practice of male erotic alchemy itself.  The material and immaterial worlds are fused, perhaps even one and the same.  Good news, indeed.
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278 pages, 82000 words
5.5 x 8.5 trade paperback
978-1-59021-118-2
1-59021-118-9

eISBN 978-1-59021-413-8

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Books by Daniel M. Jaffe
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The Genealogy of Understanding


by Daniel M. Jaffe

Is ancient Torah relevant to the social issues of today? In The Genealogy of Understanding, Matt Klein, a contemporary Jewish Scheherazade, questions whether Torah can illuminate and guide responses to such issues as intermarriage, infidelity, and prejudice that threaten to splinter families in the suburban New Jersey community of his upbringing. He first examines the private lives of his congregation’s unfaithful rabbi, of a friend contemplating intermarriage, of a neighbor family that lost wife and mother to AIDS, of other friends raising a brain-damaged child who murders a toddler. Matt then confronts his own family’s tensions, particularly his parents’ dramatically conflicting approaches to religious observance, his father’s struggle with his mother’s Alzheimer’s decline, and his own coming out as a gay Jewish man despite family and community resistance. Each of the fifty-three stories in this novel responds to a particular weekly Torah reading, resulting in a work of fiction that explores Jewish spirituality, ethics, and community values, as well as the nature of human heart, mind, and soul.

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326 pages, 108000 words
6x9 trade paperback
978-1-59021-180-9
1-59021-180-4
eISBN 978-1-59021-510-4

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Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living


by Daniel M. Jaffe

“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 reseen, 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. A lush Jewish gamelan for queer ears, queer hearts, queer minds. And otherwise.”— from Andrew Ramer’s Introduction.

In Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living, Daniel M. Jaffe explores various aspects of gay-Jewish life: coming out to self and family; (re)defining one’s relationship to tradition and faith; surviving child abuse and teenage sexual identity angst; experiencing the adult joys and heartbreaks of dating, of forming relationships, and of losing them; coping with HIV/AIDS; considering parenting; and dealing with old age.

Mirroring the diversity within contemporary American Jewish life, the main characters in these twenty-four stories are Jewish, but in various ways—some wrestle with religion, others with their place in tradition and community. Yet for other characters here, Jewish identity is not at issue in the pursuit of happiness, love, and inner peace; rather, Jewishness is a cornerstone given, a foundational lens through which these characters see and examine the world and self.

Great review by Simone Ellin in The Baltimore Jewish Times:

Daniel Jaffe’s new collection of short stories is not for everyone. If explicit descriptions of gay sexual encounters are not for you, then you’ll probably want to pass. That being said, “Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living” is a fascinating, diverse and highly imaginative work of fiction, with stories about relationships — new loves, loves lost and long-term love; stories about coming out, coming of age and coming to terms with sexual identification; tales of parental rejection, sexual abuse, interfaith relationships, anti-Semitism and living with HIV/AIDS — all told through a Jewish lens.

Recommended by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association; reviewed in GLBTRT Newsletter Fall 2012

Review at Out in Print


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264 pages, 62000 words
5x8 trade paperback
978-1-59021-187-8
1-59021-187-1

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"A Storytelling World Honor Book"
 in the Storytelling Collections category of the
2012 Storytelling World Awards.

One of 13 distinguished titles to receive the
11th annual Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin
Stories, jests, and donkey tales of the beloved Persian folk hero

Second printing, expanded (2013)

By Ron J. Suresha

Once, when young Nasruddin was acting up in class by distracting his classmates with endless antics, jests, and stories, his irate teacher uttered a curse: “Whatever you do or say, wherever you go or stay, whether it’s night or day — people will only laugh at you.” Now, eight centuries later, children, adults, and wise fools everywhere are still laughing at Nasruddin, one of the world’s most beloved folk characters. This entertaining and insightful retelling of more than 350 Mullah stories brings the famed Persian legend into the 21st Century. Storytellers, folklorists, Sufis, comedians, wisdom seekers, and everyone who loves to laugh will be enriched and enlightened by the timeless wit, inscrutable wisdom, and uncommon sense of humor of Mullah Nasruddin.

GREAT review from Storytelling, Self, Society journal:

"Suresha identifies the real strength of Nasruddin’s stories in context to world literature and story performance, that is, its power to build bridges between cultures. He relates a personal reference to the mullah stories, as they were the first stories he learned from his Israeli-American mother. Throughout his life he continued to collect these anecdotes, and as a young adult he found one of Idries Shah’s collections of Nasruddin stories on the shelves in an ashram library.
. . .
"The intended audience for Suresha’s collection is a contemporary audience of all ages. If the illustration cover by Sgott MacKenzie is any indication of a future market for this collection, we are likely to see Suresha’s book in use for secondary educational environments as well as personal libraries. Suresha refers to this text as a “contemporary retelling,” which is appropriate to the storytelling traditions of Turkey. The point of these stories is to speak to the audience in the language and metaphors that are familiar. Suresha acknowledges that he avoided the “more lurid and pejorative sexual, scatological, ethnic, racist, sexist and violent subjects,” but he eludes to the possibility of including them in a forthcoming collection. I hope Suresha carries out this plan to bring the more compromising stories to an adult audience at a later date—after all, that is part and parcel of the trickster’s trade."

Review by Sandra Bird in Informaworld
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Review at Out in Print

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242 pages
79000 words
6x9 trade paperback
978-1-59021-175-5
1-59021-175-8


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The Books of John J. McNeill



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Freedom Glorious Freedom
The Spiritual Journey to the Fullness of Life
For Gays, Lesbians,and Everybody Else

By John J. McNeill

In Freedom, Glorious Freedom, acclaimed author John J. McNeill shows how lesbian and gay Christians can achieve full spiritual maturity and self-acceptance. McNeill discusses freedom of conscience and discernment of spirits, ancient teachings of the Christian church that have a special urgency for lesbian and gay people who need to free themselves from all the homophobic authorities and deal with God on a direct and personal basis. The liberating process of coming out of the closet is seen as a spirit-filled effort to achieve the glory of God by becoming fully alive. McNeill offers a twelve-step spirituality as a spiritual process of liberation from all addictions in order to experience the love of God in its fullness. The epilogue expresses in detail a philosophical vision, looking both to the past and to the future, of how gay liberation fits into the Spirit-directed evolution of human history and its role in the ongoing struggle for human liberation.

For more than thirty-five years, John J. McNeill, an ordained priest and psychotherapist, has been devoting his life to spreading the good news of God’s love for lesbian and gay Christians.

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323 pages
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978-1-59021-148-9


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Sex as God Intended
A Reflection on Human Sexuality as Play

By John J. McNeill

with Festschrift essays celebrating the life and work of John J. McNeill

For more than thirty-five years, John J. McNeill, an ordained priest and psychotherapist, has been devoting his life to spreading the good news of God's love for lesbian and gay Christians. McNeill presents a simple and straightforward answer to the question: What did God invent sex for? The answer, derived from an incisive investigation of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, is that God intended sex as a source of pleasure, joy and love.

This book represents a concise summary of the wisdom culled over a lifetime. McNeill's ideas have enriched the faith of thousands, including fellow teachers, religious scholars, ministers and lay folk.

 
This volume includes a Festschrift to John McNeill, celebrating his life and work in a series of essays by students, friends, and activists, honoring him for his lasting contribution and spelling out how he touched their lives and work.

Toby Johnson  •  Mark Jordan  •  Robert E. Goss •  Jim Mitulski  •  Mary Elizabeth Hunt  • Sr. Jeannine Gramick • Vincent Virom Coppola • Virginia Ramey Mollenkott • Mel White • Daniel Helminiak  •  John Stasio  •  Brendan Fay  and Rev. Troy Perry


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Very good and interesting review by Jack Gardner from Philadelphia EDGE
Descriptive and analytic, 5-Star review by William Lindsey

Long, critical but positive and celebratory review from "queering the church.com"

Dignity USA review by Jeff Stone
Interesting and provocative review by Thom Nickels

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268 pages
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1-59021-042-5
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Contemplations of the Heart:

A Book of Male Spirit, Photography, Digital Imaging and Text
By Peter Grahame

A very unique and moving book, this collection of images and poetry tells an eloquent story of the gay male spirit. The book is filled with sensuous, lush and magical images of naked men that have been processed to create a dream-like land of joy. Contemplations of the Heart highlights men of many different ages, shapes, sizes and colors. The non-erotic, non-objectifying
grahame-contemplations-of-the-heart-image male nude photographic and digital images, and the meditation-style text, are reflective of positive self-image and self-acceptance, and it suggests how these may lead to a deeper sense of the spiritual self, most especially for Gay men.

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Pagan and Christian Creeds
By Edward Carpenter

A collection of essays by the English socialist poet, anthologist and early homosexual activist. The book is an attempt to make an objective comparison between the origins and practices of pagan religions and christianity.

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The Books of Don Clark, Ph.D.


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Loving Someone Gay
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By Don Clark, Ph.D.

For more than three decades, clinical psychologist, Don Clark, has been speaking to the hearts and minds of gay people, their families, friends, teachers and helpers in the many editions of Loving Someone Gay. With compassion he has promoted communication across generations as well as revealing a path of understanding and reconciliation for parents, siblings, husbands and wives—as well as among religious leaders, teachers, librarians, legislators, judges, and law enforcement agencies. Most important he has provided vital insight into the psychodynamics and sociology of individuals, the gay men and lesbians who have been and continue to be misunderstood and abused in societies around the world.


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Clark

Someone Gay: Memoirs
By Don Clark, Ph.D.

The author of the perennially popular and life-changing book, Loving Someone Gay, recounts his own life journey from shame, failure, guilt and fear to pride, self-confidence and understanding of true feelings. Sharing how he made the transformation himself, the first officially openly gay psychologist in the U.S. and "father of gay-oriented psychotherapy" points the way for others to claim gay identity and gay pride and follow him to happiness, meaning, love and success.


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Amar A Alguien Gay

(Loving Someone Gay--Spanish translation by Ralph Seligman)

por Don Clark, PhD

Por más de tres décadas, el psicólogo clínico, Don Clark, ha estado hablando a los corazones y mentes de la gente gay, sus familias, amigos, maestros, y ayudantes en las múltiples ediciones de Loving Someone Gay (Amar A Alguien Gay). Con compasión él ha promovido la comunicación a través de generaciones, revelando un camino hacia el entendimiento y reconciliación para padres, hermanos, esposos y esposas—al igual que para líderes religiosos, maestros, bibliotecarios, legisladores, jueces, y agencias que imponen la ley. De mayor importancia, el provee una visión vital dentro de las psicodinámicas y la sociología de los hombres gay y lesbianas que frecuentemente son malentendidos y abusados, a veces por sí mismos. Leyendo su explicación de la “homofobia internalizada” es una experiencia de sanación.

Él ha dicho, “En éste tiempo de malentendido global en que vemos viejos hábitos de prejuicio e intolerancia siendo finalmente cuestionados, el mundo clama por la comunicación y empatía. Ha llegado la hora para que cada persona que piensa que es racional que ofrezca una mano de ayuda a una hermana o hermano gay, aquí o allá, conocido o desconocido. Las reglas y papeles sociales que antes no se cuestionaban están cambiando. Ninguna persona está libre a atreverse a ser exactamente quien ella o él es hasta que esa persona esté dispuesta a ofrecer entendimiento, respeto y afecto a la persona gay que añora solamente tener la misma libertad.”

Con ésta más reciente edición actualizada de su famoso libro, Don Clark ilumina una luz clara a nuestro futuro en el siglo veintiuno.

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Living Gay

Don Clark PhD

Don Clark is one of the great theoreticians and philosophers of gay consciousness, but with the gentle touch of the firm, but loving therapist—which, in fact, he is. No dogmatist, he deftly explains the psychodynamics, offers options and points the way with his own personal and personable example, but leaves it to you to choose your own path and discover your own powers. Clark’s insightful analysis of the subtle effects of internalized homophobia has freed countless numbers of questioning men and women from guilt and fear. It’s a boon to the world that his therapeutic skills translate from the therapy room to the written word. His books convey psychological and spiritual wisdom and healing.
    —Toby Johnson, author of Gay Spirituality: Gay Identity
                    & the Transformation of Consciousness

Ever since the publication of the best-selling book Loving Someone Gay, clinical psychologist Donald Clark has received a constant stream of letters from readers who wanted to share something important with him. Sometimes they have questions, sometimes they just want to talk to a kindred spirit. Clark writes: "The first few months after publication were disorienting, since I was trying to maintain my normal life as a clinical psychologist in private practice, a teacher, and, more important, a father and a lover, while doing publicity tours, media interviews and autograph parties. I was so distracted that I did not realize until months later how much I had learned during that period. But slowly I recognized that a common thread ran through the letters and the comments of people I was meeting. They said they appreciated learning about me in the book, because it was helpful to identify with my experience, thoughts, and feelings and those of my clients and friends. It took a while but I got the message. Readers wanted more and they wanted it in the form of simple truth about me and the people I know. One day I realized that Living Gay had been taking shape in my mind for a long time. A friend asked what the next book was going to be about and without a moment’s hesitation I said 'About living, loving, aging and dying as seen from a gay perspective.'"

Clark released Living Gay in 1979. Lethe Press is pleased to reissue this wonderful book that offers inspiration and insight into being gay—though decades have passed since the original volume appeared and LGBT rights and lives are no longer whispered about in the shadows, Clark’s wisdom about leading life in a positive and fulfilling way without denying same-sex desire is neither dated nor ephemeral. Living Gay is a book that still welcomes 21st century readers and encourages their lives, loves, and spirits.

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As We Are


by Don Clark, PhD

This book is a meditation on us, as the gay individuals we are and as the genuine community we have become. Written toward the end of the 1980s and inspired by how we had used an historically challenging event to forge community identity, it looks at our revealed ways of loving, caring and changing.

From the Preface:
[The gay community has] found inner resources that we had only glimpsed before. We have learned that our lives truly depend upon throwing off the identity given to us by the surrounding world and making our own difficult discovery of ourselves, individually and collectively.

We are now engaged in… [a] richly rewarding, process of change. We are finding our real goodness and strength as we love and care for one another. We are discovering our spirituality and our unique ability to cooperate with change. The discoveries we have made in one decade would be cause for great pride in any community.


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The Books of Andrew Ramer


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Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories

by Andrew Ramer

Andrew Ramer’s new book, Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories, grapples with traditional midrashim, plays with homoerotic love poems from medieval Spain, and envisions alternate versions of the present. Inspired by the pioneering work of Jewish feminists, working with the narrative tools of the rabbis of old, Ramer has crafted stories that anchor LGBT lives in the three-thousand-year-old history of the Jewish people. “The universe is made up of stories, not atoms,” wrote poet Muriel Ruckeyser. The stories in this book will transport you to a new universe – the one we are striving to create, right here and now.

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Two Flutes Playing
By Andrew Ramer

A classic of gay mythopoesis. Michael Bails (Seattle WA) writing an unsolicited review on the amazon.com site says: "I was recommended this book after having taken a Body Electric workshop a few weeks before. From the first page I began to re-live the entire bonding rituals that we had experienced over that weekend. How to connect, how to communicate, and how to intimately bond on a higher plane! ... A definite "must have" book for the gay tribe who would like to interact spiritually and emotionally!"


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The Books of Toby Johnson


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Gay Spirituality

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Gay Spirituality   
By Toby Johnson

In this Lambda Literary award-winning title, Toby Johnson explores how the rise of gay identity has become an important part of contemporary religious development. This dramatic transformation has resulted due to the perspective of gay men with their ability to step outside the assumptions and conventions of culture and see things from a different point of view. This book will reward readers seeking new insight into faith as well as culture, myth and traditions.

Johnson's vision of a life-affirming, sex-positive spirituality of love, cooperation, mutual respect and acceptance is in sync with modern scientific knowledge, and does not ask the reader to suspend logic or critical thinking. Gay Christians who are struggling with their sexual orientation will especially appreciate Johnson's convincing refutation of common "biblical" anti-gay arguments. A powerful book for personal change and a great gift to a gay friend who is unhappy with his life or suffering from low self-esteem.

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Gay Perspective:
Things our [homo]sexuality tells us about the nature of God and the Universe


By Toby Johnson

Back in print, expanded and updated, with a new Preface by the author, Johnson's Lammy-nominated bold statement of the spiritual side of gay consciousness.

Our position as exiles and outcasts from conventional religion offers us the possibility for understanding what religion really is from an outsider's perspective, for seeing the truths hidden within the myths and for seeing the lies religion confuses and manipulates people with. Our queer sexuality can be a clue to profound mystical and spiritual truth and the basis of a truly virtuous and contributing life.

Gay consciousness as a pre-Edenic state of non-dual, non-polarized innocence . . . Homosexuality as a manifestation of the universe's yearning for harmony and self-awareness . . . Sexuality as a clue to the nature of spirit . . . Being gay as participating in the evolution of planetary consciousness . . . The Mystical Experience of Homosexuality . . . And all presented so gently, lovingly--thrillingly!

The message is irresistible.

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Charmed Lives:  Gay Spirit in Storytelling
Edited by Toby Johnson & Steve Berman

Storytelling can be a way of spinning straw into gold, of showing ourselves we have drawn a long straw in this life. Charmed Lives. offers readers a collection of fiction and personal essays as an alternative to the stories that society often tells about gay men. Some are whimsical with a touch of enchantment, some profoundly spiritual, others romantic--all offer insight into modern gay life that will inspire and shed light on the grace of being gay with tales of hope against adversity and love over loneliness

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Secret Matter
By Toby Johnson

The winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Science Fiction and bestselling novel, Secret Matter returns to print in a revised edition for the 21st century. With an afterword by gay theologian, social commentator Mark Jordan.

BONUS with this edition: Adam and Steve, a whimsical tale with a profound insight

Kevin Anderson is moving along through his life, finishing up college, and getting ready to leave New York for an internship rebuilding San Francisco after an immense earthquake. Then the Visitors arrive; a race of human-like aliens touch down in several cities around the globe, including SF, and nothing will ever be the same. When Kevin's company is given a contract to build a facility for the Visitors, he forms a friendship with ïBel, one of their number. But is 'Bel so alien after all? They seem so human, but they possess some odd characteristics and seem to be hiding something. What secrets do they carry, and where, exactly, are they from?

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Getting Life in Perspective

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Getting Life in Perspective

A Fastastical Romance
By Toby Johnson

Sweet, sexy, wise and thoroughly entertaining, this mytho-historical novel, featuring two lovable apparitions from the late 1800s America, interweaves a heart-warming storey of youthful romance and adventure with an ageless life-affirming and gay-positive spiritual message 
             ...along with just a touch of the Twilight Zone.


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The Fourth Quill

by Toby Johnson

With an Foreword by the Author about this New Edition

What if you learned that the AIDS virus was the result of bioweapons research gone bad, and that somebody knew and was hiding the truth? What if there's a cure? Could you trust your source of information? Could you trust your own perceptions? Could you act on such information? And what would you do? This is the situation that San Francisco AIDS counselor Jonathan Stiers finds himself enmeshed in in this wisdom-tinged thriller novel by gay spiritual writer, student of Joseph Campbell and former editor of White Crane Journal Toby Johnson.

Originally published in 1987 when AIDS was still a mystery disease, successful treatments had not been developed and spiritual/attitudinal healing—of soul, if not of body—was the only hope, this novel, with its explanations of healing and presentation of wisdom from A Course in Miracles and The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment, was originally titled Plague: A Novel about Healing.

Twenty-five years later, the novel's quandary about the nature of evil and its message of hopeful acceptance and love of life are still relevant, perhaps even more so. The story of the "fourth quill" comes from an Indian tale about a previous incarnation of the Buddha who discovers the "treasure of the ages" and it's not what he'd expected; Johnson retells the tale and derives a meaningful and life-affirming attitude that transcends the specific issues of AIDS in the 1980s.

The Fourth Quill recasts the story into a parallel universe with a surprising and happy ending where Jon Stiers really can wonder if he has brought about the cure of AIDS. Woven through the hero/adventure plot are two lovely and heartwarming romances, one straight, one gay—both with unexpected twists. A little modern, scientific and sensible and a little mystical, The Fourth Quill exemplifies Toby Johnson's style of dramatizing gay spirit through storytelling and speculative fiction. This is a parallel universe readers will likely remember and come back to.


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Two Spirits:  A Story of Life With the Navajo

By Walter L. Williams  & Toby Johnson

Twenty years after publishing his ground-breaking The Spirit and the Flesh, anthropologist Walter L. Williams breaks his silence and writes another book on Native Americans. Together with award-winning writer Toby Johnson, he has produced a work of historical fiction striking in its evocation of Navajo philosophy and spirituality. Set in the Civil War era of the 1860s, this novel tells the story of a young Virginian who finds himself captivated by a Navajo Two-Spirit male. This book illuminates the truth of what the United States did to the largest indigenous people of this nation. A novel full of suspense, plot twists, and endearing romance.

From Rainbow-reviews by Blondie:
"What can I say about this book. It was AWESOME. I felt like I was there among the Dine, in the Sweat Lodge, in Santa Fe watching Joelle sing. I could see the mountains and feel the hot air and all the glory of the Southwest. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who loves historical fiction with gay characters in it. I'd give this book 10 stars if I could, but definitely 5 stars."

A WONDERFUL review on Jessewave by Cole:
"Lastly, I want to encourage those of you who, although you might think that this story sounds wonderful, are afraid to read it. It is true that this story is far from a typical story in the M/M genre, but the two essential things that make up a romance are present here: a sweeping love story and a HEA [Happy Ever After]. Yes, I admit I cried several times while reading this, often in frustration and sometimes with joy. I won’t say that it was an easy story to read, because it isn’t. I often had to put this book down and take it up later. But that was the key: I always wanted to pick it back up. And more than anything, I felt like I took a journey with the characters and they became my friends. What more can you ask for in a book?"

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Another Word for Sky: Poems
By Jay Michaelson

"Jay Michaelson knows too well that our life is a wedding and a funeral, at the same time, in any given moment. The erotic on these pages comes hand in hand with the devotional."
- Ilya Kaminsky, author of Dancing in Odessa

" If you are comfortable in your pew, these may not be the poems for you. But if you want fully embodied poems of outrage and love -- and if you want to "make a religion of flaw," read Another Word for Sky. You wonÍt regret it."
- Richard Chess, author of Third Temple

Jay Michaelson is the executive director of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, and a leading figure in the gay spirituality movement. Visitors to Easton Mountain, Burning Man, Body Electric, and many other places have thrilled to his ecstatic, erotic performances of visionary queer mystical poetry -- and now his first book of poems is out from Lethe Press. At times reflective, at times outrageous, Another Word for Sky stakes Michaelson's claim to be the James Broughton, even the Allen Ginsberg, of his generation.

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A note to Australians who land on this site:
Clouds of Magellan is an independent publishing imprint, based in Melbourne, Australia.
Clouds specialises in non-fiction in the area of spirituality, broadly defined, and publishes some fiction and poetry. They publish Michael Kelly, former Dignity leader in Australia (Rainbow Sash Movement) and part-time resident at Easton Mountain Gay Retreat in upstate New York.






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White Crane Books presents wonderful titles of gay history and culture, including The Trouble with Harry Hay (revised for the 100th anniversary of Hay's birth) by Stuart Timmons, The Fire in Moonlight by Mark Thompson and Bo Young, OutSpoken: The collected writings of Vito Russo

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