Sunday, December 19, 2004

Recommended Reading

I have been reading quite a few books about gay and lesbian issues. I almost feel like I am getting ready to write a term paper, but really I'm on a church committee to help make us even more OPEN and affirming to all than we already are. At this point most of the books are mine.

"Loving Someone Gay" by Don Clarke

"The Church and the Homosexual" by Father John J. McNeil

"Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth" by Wayne Besen

"Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality" by John Boswell (the author uses a lot of Greek and Latin words in the footnotes at the bottom of pages)

"From Wedded Wife to Lesbian Life" by Ellen Farmer (not fiction; true stories as told by the women who made the change)

I am still reading "Permanent Partners: Building Gay and Lesbian Relationships That Last" by Dr. Betty Berzone, who is a psychotherapist

"Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry" by Evan Wolfson. Here is a quote from the back cover:

"Thirty years from now--when gay people have won the freedom to marry and our society looks back and wonders what the big deal was--our children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews will want to know where we stood and what we did at a pivotal moment. Did we stand for the right? Or, invoking tradition or our personal religious beliefs, motivated by prejudice or anxiety, hesitant and resistant to change that seemed discomforting, indifferent to the consequences of our silence and acquiescence, did we turn our backs--deny our fellow human beings liberty, equality, and the pursuit of happiness? The choice belongs to--just as commitment depends on--each of us. And that is the American way."