Gay Soul: Finding the heart of gay spirit and nature

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9780062510419: Gay Soul: Finding the heart of gay spirit and nature

A compilation of arresting black-and-white photographs and provocative interviews with sixteen renowned gay elders whose vision and leadership illuminate the spiritual dimension of gay lives.

Gay spirituality and sensibility come to light in these pages of striking portraits and trenchant interviews. Thompson brings out the unique contributions of the esteemed gay men – including Will Roscoe, Joseph Kramer, Harry Hay, James Broughton, Andrew Harvey, Paul Monette, Malcolm Boyd, and Ram Dass – who lead the spiritual life.

Thompson elicits vivid musings on such provocative issues as the third gender, S&M, ritual as ‘holy fire’, and spirituality in the age of Aids. His interviews call out the deepest emotions of each of these vibrant leaders who reveal, as never before, the spirit and the soul of the gay life.

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ONE OF THE MOST PROVOCATIVE BOOKS TO APPEAR IN GAY LITERATURE IN YEARS

From longtime 'Advocate' editor Mark Thompson – black-and-white photographs and searching, provocative interviews with sixteen renowned gay elders whose vision and leadership illuminate the spiritual dimension of gay lives.

Mark Thompson is the author/editor of 'Gay Spirit, Leatherfolk', and 'The Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian Movement'

"This book should be read by any gay person interested in the deeper questions of life and death. No other book has gathered so many distinguished voices on the nature of gay soul and its revolutionary potential"
DOUG SADONWICK, 'Lambda Book Report'

"What Thompson has given gay men in 'Gay Soul' is an outpouring of much-needed healing love – from new kinds of 'fathers'"
JUDY GRAHN, 'The Advocate'

"What makes his work successful is Thompson's portrayal of the diversity of gay spiritualities. I came away with a great deal of hope, for gay spiritualities have the potentiality for profound cultural transformation in the next century"
ROBERT GOSS, author of 'Jesus Acted Up'

"What a gift: this wake-up call to gay souls which celebrates the special joys and responsibilities that come with being gay"
CHRISTINE DOWNING, author of 'Myths and Mysteries of Same Sex Love'

About the Author:

Mark Thompson is the author/editor of Gay Spirit, Leatherfolk, and The Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian Movement. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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