Religion in Queer History and LGBT Books, Gay Spirituality, Paganism, and Literary Criticism

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My particular interest is in religious and spiritual themes in gay male fiction. In the list that follows, I collected links from the internet concerning gay male and other LGBT fiction that take up the topic of religion and spirituality. My list is not limited to just fiction, it also includes links to LGBT religious practices and blogs on the subject.

Like my other lists, I have not compiled book lists or bibliographies of my own; rather, I have drawn on established resources from around the internet. These should lead interested readers to many more pages than I could ever list myself. Readers can explore different aspects of gay male and LGBT religion experience and spirituality far beyond my own personal interests.

Link to My Stories pageI am particularly attracted to gay male fiction that develops religious themes and images, particularly myths, rituals, and symbols, although, the subject of spiritual growth and personal mystical experience also interest me. However, I have not found many works of gay male fiction that take up these subjects. There are lots of books about sex (some that pretend to be spiritual), lots of “paranormal” goings on (werewolves, vampires, and zombies might be supernatural, but not really religious), and there seems to be a whole genre of Gay Christian Romance (but that is not really what I had in mind).

When searching for gay male fiction on religious themes, I found much fiction (notably, young adult fiction) that explores the pain and damage done to LGBT people through religious prejudice and discrimination, particularly by conservative Christian Churches and groups, especially to young people, and how young LGBT people can recover from this kind of abuse. These kinds of stories are significant and necessary to protect and nurture gay identities and young adults from the assaults of the right-wing and their religious hate groups that seek to malign the gay community and install feelings of guilt, shame, and unworthiness in the spirits of LGBT people. I appreciate that those resources exist.

Copy of DIYpackage-templates (1)I hope over time to discover more and better items for my list (maybe I am looking in the wrong place). If readers have significant links they think would improve this list, you can leave them in the comments and I will review them and add them to the list. I will acknowledge your contribution at the bottom of the page.

This is the third in a four part series of post on Gay Fiction. The other three posts can be found at the following links:

Gay Male Fiction Web Links and Other LGBT Book Lists, Literary Awards, Reviews, Interviews, Criticism, Blogs and Library Resources

Gay Male Fiction Web Links and Other LGBT Genre Fiction, Minority Writers, Gay Romance, Non-Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction

What Kind of Gay Books Do You Like to Read?

Below you will find sections dedicated to:


Religion and Gay Lives

Black. Queer. Born again. A life in and out of the Church — aeon.co

Can You Be Queer and Christian? — medium.com

Gay Priests and the Lives They No Longer Want to Hide — nymag.com

LGBTQ Saints, Queer Saints — qspirit.net

Sergius and Bacchus, the Queer Saints — dailyxtra.com

Sigal Samuel: The Mystics of Mile End — guernicamag.com

What Are Religious Texts Really Saying About Gay and Transgender Rights? — americanprogress.org

What It Is Like To Be Celibate, Christian, and Gay — Be Yourself [Medium.com]

 

Gay Books: Religious History and Literary Criticism

A Jewish Reading Guide for LGBT Pride Month — tabletmag.com

Creating Human Form in Lewis’s The Monk — digitalcommons.denison.edu

The Gothic as Camp: Queer Aesthetics in The Monk — erudit.org

The Horrors of Catholicism: Religion and Sexuality in Gothic Fiction — erudit.org

In the Life and In the Spirit: Homoerotic Spirituality in African American Literature — academia.edu

James Baldwin and the Queer Uses of Religious Words [PDF] – Black Lives — blacklivesmattersyllabus.com

LGBT history month – Literature and Theology — academic.oup.com

LGBTQ Magic Realism — caseythecanadianlesbrarian.com

 

Queer History and Religious Culture

6 Bible Stories Where The Moral Was ‘Haha F*ck You, I’m God‘ — cracked.com

19 LGBT Hindu Gods — advocate.com

52 Queer Gods Who Ruled Ancient History — pride.com

The Literature of Ezili, Vodou Spirit Force of Queer Black Womanhood — lithub.com

A Modern Controversy Over Ancient Homosexuality — atlasobscura.com

Feri Tradition Deities, Essay, “Modern Queer Mythology, The Divine Twins” — feritradition.com

gay archetypes — gayspiritvisions.org

LGBT Texts — sacred-texts.com

LGBT Themes in Ancient Mythology — owlcation.com

Queer Gods for Queer Men — queergodsforqueermen.blogspot.com

Ramboys, Horned Gods, and Queer Wizards — neverapart.com

 

Gay/Queer Spirituality

Top 25 LGBTQ Christian books of 2015 named — jesusinlove.blogspot.com

Top 35 LGBTQ Christian books of 2016 named — qspirit.net

A Theology of Gay Inclusion — queerchurch.info

Affirming Queer Spirituality in a Sometimes Hostile World — virginiamollenkott.com

Books — queergrace.com

Could This Ancient Porn Change The Way We Think About Christianity And Homosexuality? — huffpost.com

The Essential Principles: Introduction — ceh3167.wordpress.com

The Gay Books & Novels of Toby Johnson — tobyjohnson.com

The Gay Man as Spiritual Adept — beliefnet.com

Gay Spirituality and Easton Mountain — eastonmountain.org

Gay Spirituality: A Very Queer Vision — tobyjohnson.com

Jesus in Love: Gay Jesus, Queer Christ: LGBT Christian Visions — jesusinlove.org

LGBT Spirituality — questlgbti.uk

My Take: What the Bible really says about homosexuality — Daniel A. Helminiak: religion.blogs.cnn.com

Q Spirit: Religion and Spirituality Books — qspirit.net

Queer Grace: An Online Encyclopedia for LGBTQ and Christian Life — queergrace.com

Queer Spirituality [PDF] — mccchurch.org

Queer Spirituality — lionsroar.com

Reviews of Books Damaging to the LGBT Community — canyonwalkerconnections.com

Religion & Spirituality Sites — gaydemon.com

 

Gay Paganism

LGBT Ancestors – Pagan Reveries — paganreveries.wordpress.com

My Favorite Queer Witchcraft Books – For Puck’s Sake — patheos.com

Pagan Paths for a Gay Man: Wicca or Druidry? — enfolding.org

A Queer Pagan Reading List — patheos.com

Queer and Wicca: a contradiction? — thequeerness.com

Queer (Gay) Tarot Decks — queertarot.cards

Santería and Vodou — glbtqarchive.com

 

Religious Books for Gay Young Adults

12 Compelling YA Books about Religion – bookriot.com

Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit: GLBTQ YA and Issues of Faith — teenlibrariantoolbox.com

Queer Christian Voices in YA Literature: A Scholar’s Account [PDF] — sophia.stkate.edu

 

Library Resources for LGBT Religion and Spirituality

GLBT Religion & Spirituality – A Selective Bibliography: 1950–2000 — ala.org

GLBT Religion & Spirituality – A Selective Bibliography: 2001–2005 — ala.org

GLBT Religion & Spirituality – A Selective Bibliography: 2006–2010 — ala.org

GLBT Religion & Spirituality – A Selective Bibliography: 2011–2015 — ala.org

Queer Spiritual Spaces – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — queerspiritualspaces.co.uk

 



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2 thoughts on “Religion in Queer History and LGBT Books, Gay Spirituality, Paganism, and Literary Criticism

    1. My pleasure. Thank you for commenting. I added the link to the main book page. There are many interesting titles there for readers to explore.

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