In looking at interconnectedness, this collection offers international contributions which bridge the ‘contradictions’ in queering religion and in making visible ‘religious queers.’ It provides insight into older and younger people’s understandings of religiosity, queer cultures, and religious groups. A small but active religious minority in the US has received much attention for its anti-gay political activity; much less attention has been paid to the more positive, supportive role that religious-based groups play in e.g. providing housing, education and political advocacy for queer youth. Queer methodologies and intersectional approaches offer a lens both theoretically and methodologically to uncover the salience of related social divisions and identities. This collection is both innovative and sensitive to ‘blended’ identities and their various enactments.
Yvette Taylor is Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research at London South Bank University, UK. She received the esteemed Lillian Robinson Fellowship held at Concordia University, Canada (2009) and a Fulbright Scholarship, Rutgers University (2010-2011). She has published three sole-authored books: Working-class Lesbian Life (2007), Lesbian and Gay Parenting (2009), and Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities (2012), which have received favourable reviews. She has several successful edited collections including: (with Hines, S. and Casey, M.) Theorising Intersectionality and Sexuality (2010); Classed Intersections: Spaces, Selves, Knowledges (2010); (with Hines, S) Sexualities: Reflection and Futures (2012).
Ria Snowdonis a Research Associate in the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research at London South Bank University, UK working alongside Yvette Taylor on an ESRC funded project 'Making space for queer identifying religious youth'. She completed her Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD at Newcastle University (2007-2010).
“David Prosen has written a powerful booklet that I wish every Catholic adult would read. With incredible authenticity and transparency, he takes the reader into the interior reality — so often marked by wounds and pain — of those who experience same-sex attraction. Yet he also points the way to hope and healing in Christ, and the ways the Body of Christ can be a source of healing. This book will change the way you see the world.” — Dr. John Bergsma, PhD, Catholic Bible scholar, author, speaker
“With compassion and honesty, David Prosen reveals an empowering vision for sharing the liberating love of Jesus Christ with men and women trapped in the culture’s false messaging and still longing for authentic love.” — Lisa Mladinich, host of Shalom World TV’s WOMAN: Strong Faith, True Beauty
About the Author David Prosen is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with an MA in counseling. He has worked as a counselor in both secular and Catholic settings, treating many different conditions, including depression, anxiety, and more. David was featured in Blackstone’s film The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church and has had several articles published in Lay Witness, Crisis Magazine and LifeSiteNews. He has given numerous presentations across the country on same-sex attractions from a Catholic perspective.
Columnist and author Melinda Selmys gives readers an unusual opportunity to explore the topic of homosexuality and the Catholic Faith from a fresh, sincere perspective. Her intensely personal reflections help clarify the misconceptions that have hindered meaningful dialogue between Catholics and homosexuals. Transcending stereotypes and avoiding pat sentiments, she speaks directly to every Christian who has experienced same-sex attraction or knows someone who has.
In addition to her personal story of exchanging secular lesbianism for Catholicism and resolving her own inner conflicts, the author presents an enlightening analysis of history, social theory, and media influence on the subject of homosexuality. She refutes much of the clumsy theorizing and "junk science" common to both sides of the debate, effectively bridging gaps between perception and reality. Selmys addresses the complexities surrounding sexual identity with pronounced compassion, adding a practical discussion of the Theology of the Body to complete the circle from a Catholic perspective.
This groundbreaking book expertly walks the fine line between divisiveness and platitudes -- a must-read for everyone who has ever felt ambiguous about the Church's stance on homosexuality.