The Book of Queer Prophets: 24 writers on sexuality and religion (2020)
Amazon UK: The Book of Queer Prophets
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Contemporary Christian practice and experience, Devotional writing, Liturgy/worship, Memoir/autobiography, Poetry, Spirituality, and Studies in Religion
Topic(s): Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Inclusive Christianity, Queer theology, Spirituality, and Studies in Religion
Curated by Ruth Hunt, this is a vital collection of essays by LGBT writers exploring sexuality, faith and religion. Is it possible to believe in God and be gay? How does it feel to be excluded from a religious community because of your sexuality? Why do some people still believe being gay is an abomination? In this challenging and eye-opening collection of essays, former CEO of Stonewall Ruth Hunt invites Queer Prophets from around the world to share how they have been affected by these two aspects of their identity. Jeanette Winterson explains we all need to avoid using false binaries. Amrou Al-Kadhi writes about trying to make it as a Muslim drag queen in London. Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter, Mpho Tutu van Furth, relates her grief at being forced to give up her ministry in South Africa. Keith Jarrett reflects on his feelings of avoidance and shame in light of his Pentecostal upbringing, and John Bell writes about his decision to come out later on in life. Essays from: Jeanette Winterson, Mpho Tutu van Furth, Tamsin Omond, Dustin Lance Black, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Garrard Conley, Jarel Robinson-Brown, Andre Musskopf, Judith Kotze, John Bell, Padraig O Tauma, Keith Jarrett, Rachel Mann, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Erin Clark, Karl Rutlidge, Jeannie Gramick and Lucy Knight. Afterword: Kate Bottley
‘An important book where many different LGBT people write about their own relationships with their faith. A mix of faiths is included alongside a range of experiences, including many who have been ordained and then cast out for being LGBT. Some are moving, including those by Mpho Tutu van Furth, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter, and Jarel Robinson-Brown who both write eloquently about being ordained Black LGBT people who are then cast out. There is also an excellent essay from Jeanette Winterson on fundamentalism and binaries that makes some really important long overdue points about extremism and ‘othering’. This book is moving, enlightening and vital to ensuring that LGBT people of faith find their space in the world. — Claire Estelle
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