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  • Gay Religion


    William McKinney (Pacific School Of Religion) And Mary A. Tolbert (GTU)
    Scott Thumma And Edward Gray
    Part I: Denominational Heritage Expressions

    Part I Introduction

    Gay Gods Of The City: The Emergence Of The Gay And Lesbian Ethnic Parish
    Leonard Norman Primiano
    Reconciling Congregations Bridging Gay And Straight Communities
    Wendy Cadge
    No Longer An Oxymoron: Integrating Gay And Lesbian Seventh-day Adventist Identities
    Rene Drumm
    Negotiating A Religious Identity: The Case Of The Gay Evangelical
    Scott Thumma
    Why Join A Gay Synagogue?
    Moshe Shokeid
    Latter-Day Saint Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgendered Spirituality
    Richley Crapo
    Sexuality And Gender In Santeria: LGBT Identities At The Crossroads Of Santeria Religious Practices And Beliefs
    Salvador Vidal-Ortiz
    Lesbian, Gay, And Bisexual Buddhist Practitioners
    Wendy Cadge
    Shades Of Grey Or Back To Nature? The Enduring Qualities Of Ex-Gay Ministries
    Christy Ponticelli
    Part II: Subaltern / Sectarian Expressions

    Pluralism And Diversity: Music As Discourse And Information In A Gay And Lesbian Congregation
    Bernard Lukenbill
    Part Introduction

    “St Gerard Teaches Him That Love Cancels That Out:” Devotion To St. Gerard Maiella Among Italian American Catholic Gay Men In Newark, New Jersey
    Peter Savastano
    A Religion Of One’s Own: Gender And LGBT Religiosities
    Melissa Wilcox
    Liberation In Truth: African American Lesbians Reflect On Religion, Spirituality, And Their Church
    Aryana Bates
    Utopian Imaginaries And Faerie Practice:Mapping Routes Of Relational Agency
    Jay Hasbrouck
    Queering The Dragonfest: Changing Sexualities In A Post- Patriarchal Religion
    Mary Jo Neitz
    Part III: Popular Expressions

    Part III Introduction

    The Gospel Hour: Liminality, Identity, & Religion In A Gay Bar
    Edward R. Gray And Scott Thumma
    Intermediaries: Spirit And Transcendence In A Sample Of “Third Gendered” North Americans
    Ingrid Sell
    Rite To Party: Circuit Parties And Religious Experience
    Paul Gorrell
    Gay Men’s Spiritual Experience In The Leather Community
    Thomas Peterson
    The Harvey Milk Show: Violence, Desire, And Gay Popular Culture
    Edward R. Gray
    Conclusion: Gay Religion As A Cultural Production
    R. Marie Griffith
    The Spirit Within: Gay Male Culture As A Spiritual Venue
    Donald Boisvert
    Appendix: LGBT Religious Support And Advocacy Group Information


    Additional Info
    Conflicts over homosexuality and gay rights threaten to break apart denominations, if not North American society. These heated theological and political debates have, as well, obscured the fact that many gays and lesbians are religiously active individuals. Gay Religion is the first book to give a straightforward presentation of the spiritual lives, practices and expressions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender. Drawing from a wide range of religious traditions, new and established scholars explore the range of gay religious expression in denominations, sects, and even outside recognized religious institutions. The essays ask what these religious innovations mean to the continually evolving religious environment of North America. With its helpful section introductions and an appendix providing profiles of organizations involved, Gay Religion is a unique and compelling resource for anyone interested in homosexuality and American religion.

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