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Gay Perspective: Things Our Homosexuality Tells us About the Nature of God and the Universe (White Crane Spirituality Series) by [Johnson, Toby]
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About the Author

Toby Johnson is the editor of White Crane, a quarterly journal of gay men's spirituality, as well as the author of Gay Spirituality, Myth of the Great Secret, In Search of God in the Sexual Underworld, Getting Life in Perspective, and Plague. He and his partner, Kip, operate a gay bed-and-breakfast in Wimberley, Tex.

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  • File Size: 2087 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
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  • Publisher: Lethe Press (August 26, 2008)
  • Publication Date: August 26, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ET76V2
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I don't tend to read a lot of non-fiction, and that which I do read I choose carefully. I am thankful I chose to read GAY PERSPECTIVE. This is a book full of hope and heart, and every person-gay or straight-would benefit from reading it. Toby Johnson, the author of the previous groundbreaking book, GAY SPIRITUALITY, takes his points from that earlier book one step further and delineates a careful examination of all the ways that an "outsider" perspective - such as a non-heterosexual point of view - allows for a unique and life-giving take on true spirituality, as opposed to old-time religion of superstition, fear, and exclusion. He includes chapters on how our homosexuality tells us things about: Life, Sex, Religion, the Church, God, and the World, and in so doing, weaves together a wonderful narrative about all the ways gay people can help society transcend ignorance and embrace true love and compassion.
In thoughtful, clear language, Johnson presents positive affirmation that the spiritual consciousness that gay people-indeed, all GLBTQ people-are now expressing is a vital and evolutionary step forward for everyone on the planet. No longer need we be trapped in meaningless, dogmatic, fear-based, or male-dominated religious practices. He writes, "It is not a negative, fatalistic, or materialistic secularism our homosexuality reveals to us, but a universe full of mystery, wonder, beauty, and magic" (p. 203). We "outsiders" have the opportunity to rise above that and lead the way for all people to a more loving, accepting, and spiritually fulfilling place.
Early on, Johnson says that gay men may find the book to be more about them than lesbians will.
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Within today's world of gay assimilationist theory, Toby Johnson offers some radical thoughts to the mix. He asserts that, due to our outsider status within the current culture, we are more aware of the stereotypes and rigid gender lines that everyone else takes for granted, putting us in a unique position to reform the world. Surrounded by books proclaiming "We're no different from you", Mr. Johnson asserts that yes in fact gay people are different and in doing so makes some very logical assertions towards that point.
He speaks from an unapologetic bias towards "New Age" thought, spirituality, and politics, which may make some prejudge everything he has to say and can weigh down some otherwise very solid chapters. However, tossing the book aside because of such points would be a mistake because there are worthwhile observations in this book which should be given a fair assessment on their own. You may not agree with everything he says, a point he flat out concedes in the beginning, but I would recommend you give this book a shot.
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It is obvious that LesBiGay and Trans-people have a take on life that is vastly different from those held by the straight majority. In Gay Perspective, author Toby Johnson (Gay Spirituality) shows us how our status as sexual and gender outsiders allows us to think outside the box. �Being gay gives us a perspective on human experience that is different from that of the great majority of people. There must be something special and useful to humanity about this perspective, since a disproportionate number of important artists, poets, religious leaders, and spiritual guides in the past were what today we�d call gay.�
Gay perspective, Johnson tells us, �is based on three specific aspects of modern homosexual experience: First, we are outsiders and strangers. This status bequeaths � and sometimes forces on us � an ability to view life from a critical perspective.� �Second, most of us tend to embody both masculine and feminine viewpoints and characteristics . Hence we�re able to see both sides of issues and to be both strong and sensitive, both creative and receptive.� Finally, �by transgressing normal sexual and gender roles and by transcending the polarities of male and female, we see beyond the entire array of polarities humanity projects onto nature.� Our existence or experience as queers �demonstrates certain facts about nature�; �causes us to discover certain truth about life and human psychology�; and �teaches us practical lessons about contemporary problems and issues�. In Gay Perspective, Johnson shows us what our gay perspective tells us about life, sex, religion, the Church, God and the world.
Traditional Judaism, Christianity and Islam condemn all who are different, including GLBT people, as threats to all that�s �normal�.
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With a clear vision, Toby Johnson explores how being homosexual, and thus non-standard, allows us queers a unique view on religion, society, spirituality, sexuality, and gender roles. Embracing a variety of faiths and a range of progressive and feminist doctrines, he shapes a brave redefinition of how to live as gay and lesbian individuals, fully in tune with the concepts of God's whole nature. "Gay Perspective" is a thought-provoking volume, and is intended as such, to create a discourse for us to express in our relationship with the non-gay world in which we live. I found it quite inspiring, especially in its reaffirmation of simple truths that are easily forgotten in our modern world, and I heartily recommend it to anyone willing to imagine the world as a tapestry of beauty.
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