Cassell's Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and Spirit: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Lore
Did you know that in medieval French folklore a person might change sex by passing under a rainbow? Or that same-sex unions have been celebrated by peoples of the ancient Mediterranean, Africa, China, and indigenous America? Or that Sappho, da Vinci, Emily Dickinson, Nijinsky, Benjamin Britten, Mishima, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Keith Haring, Boy George, and Derek Jarman number among those who have explored the spiritual dimension of gender and sexuality in their works? While the terms many of us employ today to identify ourselves - 'queer', 'lesbian', 'gay', 'bisexual', 'transgendered' - differ markedly from those of peoples of other times and places, we are nevertheless the bearers of a rich spiritual history that has been ignored or suppressed, a history encoded in sacred texts as well as in works of art, music, dance and other media. Drawing upon religion, mythology, folklore, anthropology, history and the arts, the Encyclopedia is a cornucopia of queer spirituality, containing over 1,500 alphabetically arranged entries from Aakulujjuusi to Zeus.
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To the contrary , Queer Spirit , emerging from the period of Queer political
activism , speaks to the spirituality of gay men as well as lesbians , bisexuals ,
and transgendered persons . While the movements of Gay Spirituality and Queer
25 QUEER SPIRIT commences when they come out politically, as persons
seeking human rights. For many queer-identified persons, personal and political
coming out have been followed by a spiritual reckoning. This encounter with the ...
One of the most innovative writers and artists (primarily of installation art) of the
1990s to self-identify as a Queer Wiccan is Donald ENGSTROM. In his writings,
he offers a new queer-centered mythology and an accompanying spirituality
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Conner (Blossom of Bone: Reclaiming the Connections Between Homoeroticism and the Sacred, HarperCollins, 1993), ethnomusicologist David Sparks, and their daughter, Mariya Sparks, have written an ... Read full review