Gay Catholics Down Under: The Journeys in Sexuality and Spirituality of Gay Men in Australia and New Zealand

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Praeger, Jan 1, 1992 - Psychology - 243 pages
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Sexuality and spirituality are two of the most powerful and creative forces we experience as human beings. This work examines how men of Roman Catholic background have come to understand and integrate their homosexuality into daily life.

Homosexuality is still a topic immersed in myth and mystery. As well as providing accurate information about intimate aspects of gay men's lives such as coping with HIV and practicing safer sex, " Gay Catholics Down Under" seeks to raise awareness about spiritual issues for gay men. Each story told provides a unique perspective of what it means to be of Catholic background in Australasia and attracted to men. Several of those interviewed spoke of having no role models and of the isolation growing up not knowing of other gay people. A final chapter reviews the psychosexual implications of the study, including a model of integration of sexual and religious identification, and implications for the gay community and the Church.

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Contents

Beginnings
1
Ralph
11
Tony
31
Len
47
Keri
61
Glen and Michael
79
Nick
99
Father Terry
111
Brian
143
Bernie
157
Walter
179
Albert
193
Common Threads
207
Glossary
231
Bibliography
235
Subject Index
239

Mark
129
Copyright

About the author (1992)

B. R. SIMON ROSSER is a licensed psychologist and an assistant professor at the Program in Human Sexuality in the Department of Family Practice and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He is the author of Male Homosexual Behavior and the Effects of AIDS Education (Praeger, 1991), as well as numerous journal articles in psychology, medicine, primary health care, venereology, AIDS, and theology.

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