Escaping God's Closet: The Revelations of a Queer Priest

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University of Virginia Press, Oct 10, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 301 pages

He survived a turbulent childhood in war-torn London, earned degrees with honors from Cambridge University, was ordained in the Church of England, became an Anglican worker-priest, and emigrated to the United States.

He has been a prolific broadcaster for the BBC, helped organize the Public Broadcasting System in America, was a founding chairman of National Public Radio, and became a senior management consultant for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

He designed and directed the first system of suicide and crisis counseling centers in California (a model for later centers nationwide) and helped found the Parsonage, an Episcopalian ministry on behalf of gay rights in the Castro section of San Francisco. And all the while, Bernard Duncan Mayes struggled to reconcile his views on sexuality--and his experience as a gay man--with his theological and cultural beliefs.

In an entirely honest and engaging voice, Mayes offers considerably more than autobiographical recollections of his life as priest, journalist, university teacher and administrator, and gay rights activist. Throughout Escaping God's Closet, Bernard Mayes recounts how social and doctrinal oppression posed fundamental challenges to his own belief system, but led him to revelations about sexuality, Christianity, and the nature of human existence itself.

 

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Contents

The Cook 19481950
26
Loves Slave 19521954
37
The Body 1954
46
Mass Magic 19561958
58
The Box 1958
77
The Village 19581959
86
HeMen 1959
121
The Cauldron 19611970
150
The Lyceum 19671972
180
Confrontation 19701980
211
To Be 19711983
221
Catastrophe 1979
237
The Drawing Board 19841998
247
The March 1987
261
Index
293
Copyright

Watershed 19641968
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A gay rights activist, journalist, and dramatist, Bernard Duncan Mayes lives in Washington, D.C

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