Coming Out Spiritually also synthesizes ten spiritual roles or archetypes people we now call gay or queer have often assumed and continue to enact today: creators of beauty, consciousness scouts, mediators, shamans, and healers, among ...
Author: Christian De la Huerta
Looks at ten spiritual archetypes gay people have assumed in the past, and describes the teachings of many of the world's religions concerning homosexuality
This book provides the opportunity for readers to find a deeper connection with themselves and others as you savor the stories of sexual minorities who have sought meaningful connections between their spirituality and sexuality.
Author: Kenneth Burr
Coming Out, Coming Home has the potential for increasing spiritual growth and development in our society. Although many books have been written about gay rights and pro-gay theologies, few have provided people with an opportunity to enlarge belief systems advocating Scriptural principles while embracing the possibility of gay spirituality. In our present culture many people feel the need to split the personal from their professional lives in order to maintain proper boundaries, and the private from the public in order to gain the acceptance of others. This book provides the opportunity for readers to find a deeper connection with themselves and others as you savor the stories of sexual minorities who have sought meaningful connections between their spirituality and sexuality. Expect to experience something profound when you find formerly rigid boundaries between God and gays begin to relax. Your God might be much larger than you ever imagined!
The purpose of this phenomenological research study was to describe and to understand religio-spirituality in the coming-out process for homosexual, bisexual, and transgender college students.
The purpose of this phenomenological research study was to describe and to understand religio-spirituality in the coming-out process for homosexual, bisexual, and transgender college students. The three research questions were as follows: (1) What have religious affiliations taught traditional college-aged lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students about homosexuality?; (2) In what ways does a person's religio-spiritual life hinder/enhance the sexual identity development process and the coming-out process for a traditional college-aged student?; and (3) In what ways does the traditional college-aged LGBT student's religio-spirituality change through the process? Following completion of semi-structured interviews of 15 participants, the researcher acknowledged the emergence of nine categories that explain the essence of the coming-out process and its connection with religio-spirituality: (1) a noticeable societal influence on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) beliefs, (2) an evident family influence on LGBT beliefs, (3) a direct church influence on LGBT beliefs, (4) a difficulty in merging sexuality and religio-spirituality, (5) a feeling of guilt for being an LGBT individual, (6) religio-spirituality affects when and to whom to come-out, (7) many leave the church after coming-out, (8) a feeling of need to protect family still in church after coming-out, and (9) an attempt to maintain a relationship with God or higher being without a relationship in a church or religious institution. These nine conclusions develop the essence of the coming-out process and religio-spirituality. Individuals in the coming-out process find themselves at a divide in their lives and they must decide which path to follow or attempt to make the paths intersect. The coming-out process is often an internal debate of whether they are LGBT, whether to come-out, and whether they should leave a church or change religio-spirituality. In student affairs, administers, counselors, and campus ministers can use data and conclusions from this research to understand the coming-out process and the overlapping nature of religio-spiritual identity and sexual identity. The researcher concludes that these professionals must have an understanding of the stages of growth for LGBT students as they attempt to come-out to friends and family as well as possibly maintain a religio-spiritual identity.
Coming out is a process of self-acceptance, and involves a spiritual component of self-reflection, and deep self-awareness to confront the power of stasis.
Author: Kevin J. Lawson
This thesis/project explores what makes the coming out experience of lesbian and gay men a potential sacred journey to wholeness. Additionally, it explores embodied spirituality for understanding the nature of a healthy sexual attitude in association with a spiritual awakening. Through a critical review and synthesis of scholarly literature, this thesis/project presents a historical review of the origin of the coming out experience in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. This thesis/project explores the understanding of life image and the associated loss thereof during the coming out experience. Included is an analysis of grief and loss with integration of life stories and coming out journeys presented for specific reference and understanding. Coming out is a process of self-acceptance, and involves a spiritual component of self-reflection, and deep self-awareness to confront the power of stasis. Coming out is shown to have potential for disruption to support systems that have previously provided spiritual sustenance, physical and emotional support. The sacred journey to wholeness via coming out is therefore the individual journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and acknowledgment of a unique relationship with the Divine.
'A Special Illumination' offers an indepth analysis and argues that gay spirituality should be placed at the heart of religion.
Author: Rollan McCleary
Gay spirituality represents a hidden strand in Western thought that was only publically declared from the Gay Liberation of the 1970s. Since "coming out", expressions of gay spirituality have proliferated in both number and diversity. Beginning with gay theology within Christianity, the phenomenon has now reached as far as Buddhism and neo-paganism. But, so far, critical analysis of the movement has been very limited largely because gay spirituality has been treated as a political and social movement arguing for rights and acceptance within religious circles. 'A Special Illumination' offers an indepth analysis and argues that gay spirituality should be placed at the heart of religion.
This unique book emphasizes spiritual commitment as an essential facet of LGBTI/queer consciousness and addresses such burning themes as coming out, the importance of self-acceptance, gay marriage, gay bashing, and the ethics of gay sex.
Author: Daniel A Helminiak
A down-to-earth look at the spiritual power of sex Sex and the Sacred examines the spiritual dimension of human sexuality in a way that is free of religious affiliation but still open to traditional religion and belief in God. Dr. Daniel Helminiak, author of the best-selling What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality, looks at the relationship between sexuality and spirituality, first, from a humanistic perspective and, then, a more familiar Christian point of view. In particular, he encourages LGBTI people to reclaim their spiritual heritage without apology. This unique book emphasizes spiritual commitment as an essential facet of LGBTI/queer consciousness and addresses such burning themes as coming out, the importance of self-acceptance, gay marriage, gay bashing, and the ethics of gay sex. Sex and the Sacred combines a psychological approach to spirituality with common sense and compassion, inspiring a break from moralistic religion and an understanding of what true spirituality means. The book applies this understanding to Christian topics such as the Bible, Fundamentalism, and the future of Christianity, and shows how coming out was an issue for Jesus, how homosexual experience relates to the Christian Trinity, and how Western Civilization became so sex-negative. Sex and the Sacred presents in the end a radical vision of Christianity open to all people. Religious leaders of all denominations, educators, counselors, members of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community, non-religious spiritual seekers, and anyone interested in the relationship between spirituality and sexuality will find this book enlightening and uplifting. Sex and the Sacred examines: the spiritual drive that is built into human sexuality the standard religious arguments against gay marriage a sustained argument that Biblical Fundamentalism is not Christian spiritual lessons from the AIDS epidemic the right and wrong of sex—queer and otherwise homosexuality in Catholic teaching and practice sexual ethics without religion a vision for a renewed Christianity within a global community
Relationships among religion, spiritual transcendence (ST), religious questioning (RQ), religious coping, congregational support, degree "out", and comfort with sexual orientation (SO) were examined in 38 gay and lesbian Christians.
Author: Cari R. Yardley
Relationships among religion, spiritual transcendence (ST), religious questioning (RQ), religious coping, congregational support, degree "out", and comfort with sexual orientation (SO) were examined in 38 gay and lesbian Christians. Significant correlations were found among religious participation and ST, years out and comfort with SO, and degree "out" and comfort with SO. There was no significant relationship between religious participation, RQ, ST and years out, ST and RQ, or degree "out" and congregational support. Religion was found to be important before and after coming out with more positive than negative religious coping used while coming out. This sample endorsed high religious participation, RQ, and ST, offering valuable insight to the Christian community on navigating ambiguity while nurturing faith and spirituality.
Coming. Out. of. the. Spiritual. Closet. Congratulations, my love. You have taken a step in the direction of your well-being, in the direction of your heart. I am honored to have your trust as I share with you what I know to be true ...
Author: Sah D'Simone
Publisher: Sounds True
Transform your mind, open your heart, and help the world by uncovering and celebrating the authentic you! Wild dance parties, vegan cake, and meaningful spirituality. Stop trying to put yourself into a box of what spirituality “should” look like—because, honey, being yourself is spiritual. This is what Sah D’Simone shares in Spiritually Sassy, a guide for a generation that celebrates diversity, authenticity, and freedom both in life and on the spiritual path. A queer, brown, flamboyant, immigrant spiritual seeker, Sah is a voice for anyone who wants to grow in creative ways. To be of service and make an impact on the world. To embrace their fierce, funny, and fabulous selves—even the parts they might feel ashamed of or figure just aren’t “spiritual” enough. With Spiritually Sassy, Sah distills the art of living well in our modern world into eight radical yet totally attainable steps. By incorporating scientifically backed principles of modern psychology with time-tested Buddhist techniques—and a heavy dose of sassy sauce—Sah will help you unblock your heart, befriend your mind, and live your truth out loud. In other words, he’ll help you find your sass. Highlights include: Clear out old ways of thinking to make room for a new story that reflects your fabulous heart—and quiets your inner critic Overcome imposter syndrome and know you are worthy of love, abundance, and joy Get out of your own way in a big way Uncover your true self to become spiritual—and sassy Get real about your dreams and goals, and learn powerful manifestation practices to help make them happen Embrace your superpowers—the gifts and talents that help you live your purpose The importance of looking beyond yourself to your community, your tribe, and how you give back Plus—tons of practices for meditation, breath work, mantra, movement, journaling, working with your mind, and more “It is my mission in life to help you find your sass, whatever that means for you,” writes Sah, “so it can radiate out and touch everything you do.” Spiritually Sassy isn’t a quick fix, spiritual bypassing, or entitlement. It’s a life-embracing path to awakening in modern times. Dive in to uncover your most radically authentic and spiritual self—and get sassy.
It is often helpful to suggest some of the many books of coming out stories as well. Among those that I recommend are the following: Barber, Karen, and Sarah Holme, eds. Testimonies: Lesbian Coming Out Stories. Boston: Alyson Publishing ...
Author: Nick Wagner
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
Essays drawn from Presence, the journal of Spiritual Directors International, examine spiritual direction in different social contexts: in the workplace, with the aging, in hospitals, with women's groups, with youth, with the homeless, and with those in m
In this study, the researchers examined how lesbian, gay, and bisexual undergraduate students negotiated and defined their spiritual identities during the coming-out process.
Author: D. Stewart
In this study, the researchers examined how lesbian, gay, and bisexual undergraduate students negotiated and defined their spiritual identities during the coming-out process. Although there were varied responses, the findings suggest that students describe spirituality as acceptance, personal relationships with a powerful essence, and connections to nature. When navigating multiple identities, students experienced various levels of intersectionality including irreconciliation, progressive development, arrested development, completed development, and reconciliation.