“Gay Christians Choosing Celibacy Emerge from the Shadows”

Good intro-type piece at the Washington Post, featuring many friends of mine! When Eve Tushnet converted to Catholicism in 1998, she thought she might be the world’s first celibate Catholic lesbian. Having grown up in a liberal, upper Northwest Washington home before moving on to Yale University, the then-19-year-old knew no other gay Catholics who embraced the church’s ban on sex outside heterosexual marriage. Her decision to abstain made her an outlier. “Everyone I knew totally rejected it,” … [Read more...]

I’m Interviewed About My Book at A Queer Calling

enjoy! AQC: Now that your book is out on shelves, what book or books do you think are still missing from the conversation? What are some of the books on LGBT people in the Church that you’d love to see a different author write?ET: There are so many more books to be written! There’s a whole book to be done about celibacy in partnership. There should be a book directed more toward pastors, spiritual directors, counselors etc. There should be a book which engages more with lesbian history–I was … [Read more...]

Celibate Partnership and/vs Devoted Friendship: A “Gay and Catholic” Book Extra

I noted a while ago that there's nothing about celibate partnerships in my book because when I wrote it I didn't know anyone living that vocation. I've been trying to learn more, and one question I gnawed on for a while was the question of what made a celibate partnership different from a devoted and/or vowed friendship. On the one hand I did have the knee-jerk reaction of, "Isn't this the same thing as friendship?", but on the other hand, the celibate partnerships I'd seen did actually look … [Read more...]

“A Few Thoughts on Celibacy and Socioeconomic Status”: A Queer Calling

opens up a really important area of the conversation: A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was planning to write a post on celibacy and socioeconomic status. I’ve spent considerable time trying to pull my thoughts together on this topic and have decided that I’d like to explore it in bits and pieces over time. Not much has been written on celibacy and class issues, especially from within the gay Christian blogosphere, so while I see this topic as very important I don’t intend to tackle all of it … [Read more...]

“Confessions of a Former Bad Catholic”: A Queer Calling

w/a lot of substance: ...As I thought about this last night, I was taken back to my college and early graduate school days. Without hesitation, I can say that I was a deeply devoted Catholic. I attended Mass almost every day, not out of compulsion but because I woke up each morning with an eagerness to hear that day’s Gospel proclaimed, to be present with the very small daily Mass-going community in my college town, and to be in the same chapel where bread and wine mysteriously became Christ’s B … [Read more...]

Three Gay Catholic Links

EVERYBODY'S DOING IT.First, I'm in Brazil's Gazeta do Povo. If you can read Portuguese you can get my basic shtik in a whole new language!Second, Slate has another thoughtful piece on celibate gay Catholics up, which extensively quotes my friend Ron Belgau:At the end of October, the University of Notre Dame will host a two-day conference bearing a name that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. “Gay in Christ” will feature Catholic speakers who self-identify as gay and les … [Read more...]

Celibacy in Partnership: Notes for a Chapter I Wish I’d Included

in my great big gay Catholic book. (Preorder it here or here!)First of all, a caveat. I didn't include a chapter on celibate partnerships (i.e. people who conceive of their vocations together in those terms, rather than in terms of devoted or spiritual friendship--I have a bunch of chapters on friendships which go beyond the modern "just friends" model) partly because I didn't think I understood it very well. I still don't! I'd appreciate your thoughts on all of these "dvd extras" posts, but … [Read more...]


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