Tag: LGBT/Queer Studies

Finding the Comfort in Discomfort

There were several times while working on Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation that I had to get up from my chair and walk away from the book. The content was intense and provocative: a fierce call to question and change the systems of oppression permeating our society at large and our spiritual communities …continue

“Narrow Bridge” from Balancing on the Mechitza

Excerpt from Balancing the Mechitza by Aaron Devon Aaron Devor is in the first generation of scholars who are transgender themselves and who study and write scholarly works about transgender concerns. This short essay tells the story of how he ritually marked his own gender transition. The story outlines the value that this ritual had …continue

Walt Whitman’s Vision of Same-Sex Marriage

I have shown in Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward how Whitman tapped into the archetype of Spiritual Democracy, which has indigenous roots in North America, and I clarified how he tried to universalize it by announcing a new religious attitude that is nondiscriminatory, feminist, and LGBT-affirming. The notion …continue