Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature with Sixteen Writers, Healers, Teache

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HarperCollins, 1994 - Religion - 266 pages
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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Thompson (Gay Spirit, St. Martin's, 1987) plumbs "the potentialities of otherness" in these compelling interviews with a remarkably diverse, insightful roster of gay men, all of whom ponder and ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Mark Thompson was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, California, where he was exposed to a wide range of spiritual beliefs and practices. In 1973, he helped lead the Gay Students Coalition at San Francisco State University, and has worked for gay and feminist causes since that time.
He began his career in journalism with the national gay newspaper "The Advocate" in 1975, reporting on culture and politics in Europe. He continued to serve the publication during the next nineteen years in a number of capacities-as a feature writer, photographer, and senior editor. in 1994, he completed his tenure at the magazine by editing "Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian Movement "(St. Martin's Press), a massive volume of half a million words and over seven hundred photographs documenting the gay and lesbian struggle for civil rights. The book was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards.
Thompson's other work includes the acclaimed 1987 anthology" Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning "(St. Martin's Press), which examined gay spirituality from different perspectives. "Leatherfolk: Radical Sex, People, Politics, and Practice" (Alyson Publications), a 1991 collection, and "Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature" (Harper San Francisco), a 1994 book consisting of in-depth interviews and photographs with sixteen writers, teachers, and visionaries, have also been nominated for Lamda Literary Awards.
Thompson has contributed to a variety of other publications, including "Hometowns: Gay Men Write About Where They Belong "(Dutton), "Positively Gay: New Approaches to Gay and Lesbian Life" (Celestial Arts), "Out in Culture" (Duke University Press), and "GayMen at the Millennium: Sex, Spirit, Community" (Tarcher). He frequently lectures on contemporary aspects of gay male experience, and has spoken at the University of California/Los Angeles, City University of New York, and the University of Wisconsin, as well as to groups ranging from the National Organization of Changing Men to the Unitarian Church. Thompson lives in Los Angeles with his longtime life partner, Episcopal priest and author Malcolm Boyd. He is
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