Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Catholic Bibliography on Gay Issues


Though by no means definitive, the following bibliography nevertheless highlights a substantial number of books relevant to Catholics seeking greater understanding of the reality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) lives, relationships, and issues.

I hope to continually add to this bibliography, so be sure to periodically check back by clicking the appropriate link in the sidebar’s “Catholic and Gay” section.

And finally: the links to Amazon.com and other off-site locations serve primarily to provide descriptions and reviews of the books listed in this bibliography. If you wish to purchase any of these titles I encourage you to do so through your nearest independent bookseller.




A Catholic Bibliography
LGBT Issues

Compiled by Michael J. Bayly
Executive Coordinator, Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities
Last Updated: July 11, 2008

Alison, James. Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay. New York: Crossroad, 2001.

Alison, James. On Being Liked. Herder and Herder, 2004.

Bayly, Michael (Ed.). Creating Safe Environments for LGBT Students: A Catholic Schools Perspective. New York: Harrington Park Press, 2007.

Berzon, Betty. Permanent Partners: Building Gay and Lesbian Relationships That Last. Plume, 2004.

Boenke, Mary. Trans Forming Families: Real Stories About Transgendered Loved Ones. Oak Knoll Press, 2003.

Boisvert, Donald L. Sanctity and Male Desire: A Gay Reading of Saints. The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Boswell, John. Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980.

Boswell, John. Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe. New York: Villard, 1994.

Brooten, Bernadette J. Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Brown, Mildred L. and Rounsley, Chloe Ann. True Selves: Understanding Transexualism – For Families, Friends, Co-workers and Helping Professionals. Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Buxton, Amity Pierce. The Other Side of the Closet: The Coming-Out Crisis for Straight Spouses and Families. Wiley Books, 1994.

Coleman, Gerald D. Homosexuality: Catholic Teaching and Pastoral Practice. New York: Paulist Press, 1995.

Conover, P. Transgender Good News. Silver Spring, MD, 2002.

Duberman, Martin Bauml, et al. (Eds.). Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past. New York: Penguin, 1989.

Duncan, Geoffrey (Ed.). Courage to Love: Liturgies for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community. The Pilgrim Press, 2002.

Empereur, James L. Spiritual Direction and the Gay Person. New York: Continuum Publishing, 1998.

Evans, Amie M. and Healey, Trebor. Queer and Catholic. Haworth Press, 2008.

Farley, Margaret. Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics. Continuum, 2006.

Ferder, Fran and Heagle, John. Tender Fires: The Spiritual Promise of Sexuality. New York: Crossroad, 2002.

Ferder, Fran and Heagle, John. Your Sexual Self: Pathway to Authentic Intimacy. Notre Dame. Indiana: Ave Maria Press, 1992.

Garden, Nancy. Hear Us Out: Lesbian and Gay Stories of Struggle, Progress, and Hope, 1950 to the Present. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

Garner, Abigail. Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is. Harper Paperback, 2005.

Gottlib, Andrew. Sons Talk About Their Gay Fathers. Harrington Park Press, 2003.

Gramick, Jeannine and Nugent, Robert. (Eds.). The Vatican and Homosexuality. New York: Crossroad, 1988.

Gramick, Jeannine (Ed.). Homosexuality in the Priesthood and Religious Life. New York: Crossroad, 1989.

Gramick, Jeannine and Nugent, Robert. (Eds.). Voices of Hope: A Collection of Positive Catholic Writings on Gay and Lesbian Issues. New York: Center for Homophobia Education, 1995.

Hanway, Donald G. A Theology of Gay and Lesbian Inclusion: Love Letters to the Church. Haworth Press, 2006.

Harvey, Andrew. The Essential Gay Mystics. HarperSanFrancisco, 2007.

Helminiak, Daniel. Sex and the Sacred: Gay Identity and Spiritual Growth. New York: Harrington Park Press, 2006. (NOTE: For an interview with Daniel Helminiak, click here).

Helminiak, Daniel. What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality. San Francisco: Alamo Square Press, 1994.

Holtz, Raymond (Ed.). Listen to the Stories: Gay and Lesbian Catholics Talk About Their Lives. New York: Garland Publications, 1991.

Horner, Thomas. Jonathan Loved David: Homosexuality in Biblical Times. Westminster John Knox Press, 1978.

Jennings, Jr., Theodore W. The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament. Cleveland. OH: The Pilgrim Press, 2003.

Johnson, Toby. Gay Perspective: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us About the Nature of God and the Universe. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 2003.

Johnson, Toby. Gay Spirituality: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 2000.

Jordan, Mark. The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Jordan, Mark. The Silence of Sodom: Homosexuality and Modern Catholicism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Jung, Patricia Beattie and Smith, Ralph. Heterosexism: An Ethical Challenge. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1993.

Jung, Patricia Beattie and Coray, Joseph Andrew (Eds.). Sexual Diversity and Catholicism: Toward the Development of Moral Theology. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2001.

Kaufman, Philip S. Why You Can Disagree and Remain a Faithful Catholic. (Expanded and Revised Edition.) New York: Crossroad, 1998.

Kennedy, Eugene. The Unhealed Wound: The Church and Human Sexuality. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2001.

Kennedy, Ted. Who Is Worthy? The Role of Conscience in Restoring Hope to the Church. Annandale, NSW, Australia: Pluto Press, 2000. (NOTE: To read an article containing excerpts from this book, click here).

Kolodny, Debra R. (Ed.). Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith. New York: Continuum, 2000.

Liuzzi, Peter J. With Listening Hearts: Understanding the Voices of Lesbian and Gay Catholics. New York: Paulist Press, 2001.

Lopata, Casey (Ed.). Seeds of Hope: Compassionate Ministry with Gay and Lesbian Catholics and Their Families: A Practical Resource Manual. Rochester, NY, 2001.

Lopata, Mary Ellen and Lopata, Casey. Fortunate Families: Catholic Families with Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons. Victoria, Canada: Trafford Publishing, 2003.

Maher Jr., Michael. Being Gay and Lesbian in a Catholic High School: Beyond the Uniform. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2001.

McGinley, Dugan. Acts of Faith, Acts of Love: Gay Catholic Autobiographies as Sacred Texts. Continuum, 2006.

McNaught, Brian. On Being Gay: Thoughts on Family, Faith, and Love. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1988.

McNeill, John. The Church and the Homosexual. Kansas City: Sheed, Andrews, and McMeel, 1976.

McNeill, John. Taking a Chance on God: Liberating Theology for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Lovers, Families, and Friends. Boston: Beacon Press, 1988.

McNeill, John. Freedom, Glorious Freedom: The Spiritual Journey to Fullness of Life for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone Else. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995.

Minor, Robert N. Scared Straight: Why It’s So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It’s So Hard to Be Human. St. Louis, MO: HumanityWorks!, 2001.

Moore, Gareth. A Question of Truth: Christianity and Homosexuality. New York: Continuum, 2003.

Nelson, James B. and Longfellow, Sandra P. (Eds.). Sexuality and the Sacred: Sources for Theological Reflection. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994.

New Ways Ministry. Homosexuality: A Positive Catholic Perspective. Mt. Rainer, Maryland, 2003.

Nissinen, Martti. Homoeroticism in the Biblical World: A Historical Perspective. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2004.

Nugent, Robert (Ed.). A Challenge to Love: Gay and Lesbian Catholics in the Church. New York: Crossroad, 1983.

Nugent, Robert and Gramick, Jeannine. Building Bridges: Gay and Lesbian Reality and the Catholic Church. Mystic, Connecticut: Twenty-Third Publications, 1992.

Perito, John E. Contemporary Catholic Sexuality: What is Taught and What is Practiced. Crossroads, 2004.

Preves, Sharon E. Intersex and Identity: The Contested Self. Rutgers University Press, 2003.

Rafkin, Louise. Different Mothers: Sons and Daughters of Lesbians Talk About Their Lives. Cleis Books, 1990.

Ranke-Heinemann, Uta. Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven: Women, Sexuality, and the Catholic Church. New York: Penguin Books, 1990.

Shinnick, Maurice. This Remarkable Gift: Being Gay and Catholic. Allen and Unwin (Australia), 1998.

Siegel, Stanley and Lowe, Ed. Uncharted Lives: Understanding the Life Passages of Gay Men. New York: Plume/Penguin, 1995.

Snow, Judith E. How it Feels to Have a Gay or Lesbian Parent: A Book by Kids for Kids of All Ages. Harrington Park Press, 2004.

Stevenson, Thomas. Sons of the Church: The Witnessing of Gay Catholic Men. New York: Harrington Park Press, 2006. (NOTE: For a discussion guide to this book, click here).

Stuart, Elizabeth. Just Good Friends: Towards a Lesbian and Gay Theology of Relationships. New York: Mowbray, 1995.

Sullivan, Thomas Richard (Ed.).
Queer Families, Common Agenda. Harrington Park Press, 2000.

Thurston, Thomas. Homosexuality and Roman Catholic Ethics. San Francisco: International Scholars Publications, 1996.

Timmerman, Joan. The Mardi Gras Syndrome: Rethinking Christian Sexuality. New York: Crossroad, 1984.

Timmerman, Joan. Sexuality and Spiritual Growth. New York: Crossroad, 1993. (NOTE: For an excerpt from this book, click here).

Whitehead, Evelyn and James. Wisdom of the Body: Making Sense of Our Sexuality. New York: Crossroads, 2001. (NOTE: For a review of this book by theologian Joan Timmerman, click here).

Woods, Richard. Another Kind of Love: Homosexuality and Spirituality. Chicago: Thomas More Press, 1977.

Zanotti, Barbara (Ed.). A Faith of One’s Own: Explorations by Catholic Lesbians. Trumansburg, NY: The Crossing Press, 1986.


Closed said...

Excellent compilation. Thank you. It's good to know that I've read most of these...

episcopalifem said...

Whoa. Excellent resource, Michael.

(I could be reading forever!)

Anonymous said...

A few citations for your bibliography:

The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology (Moral Traditions) (Paperback) by Todd A. Salzman, Michael G. Lawler

# Paperback: 334 pages
# Publisher: Georgetown University Press (September 15, 2008)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 1589012089
# ISBN-13: 978-1589012080

The link to Amazon.com is http://www.amazon.com/Sexual-Person-Catholic-Anthropology-Traditions/dp/1589012089/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215781468&sr=8-2

I didn't think this book had been published yet. The book is a substantial re-working and extension of ideas published previously in two papers, listed here from newest to oldest:

The Heythrop Journal
ISSN 0018-1196
Volume 47, Number 2, April 2006
pp. 182-205(24)


Catholic sexual ethics: complementarity and the truly human.(QUAESTIO DISPUTATA)
From: Theological Studies
Date: September 1, 2006
Author: Lawler, Michael G.; Salzman, Todd A.