As lovers, healers, artists, and teachers, gay men can claim a valiant and varied history. The wisdom of these gay ways of being and seeing is a part of the religion and mythology of peoples throughout the world, but until now this heritage has been hidden and denied. Queer Spirits offers gay men the key to unlocking this treasure, to finding the myths, the archetypes, the gods and heroes that portray the inner meaning of their lives.
Based on tireless research in the archives of mythology and folklore, Queer Spirits weaves a rich, multicultural tapestry. Selections include everything from Chinese folktales to firsthand accounts of Native American two-spirits to the occasional gay archetypes to be cleaned from nursery thymes, newspaper clippings, and gay erotica. Among the writers represented are Hans Christian Andersen, James Broughton, Jean Cocteau, Steven Saylor, Samuel Steward, and Walt Whitman. Interspersing these selections is the authors commentary on their meaning, drawing on his own inner journey; beginning with his arrival as a young man in the teeming gay world of San Francisco in the 1970's. The result is a fascinating, often loving testimony to gay spirit that shows how gay men can find the myths and heroes withing themselves.