Book of Queer Prophets
24 Writers on Sexuality and Religion
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'A fascinating and thoughtful exploration of faith in the modern world. If you're wondering why it matters and how to make sense of it, read on.' Clare Balding 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 LGBT is a sin? The book of Queer Prophets contains modern-day epistles from some of our most important thinkers, writers and activists: Jeanette Winterson tackles religious dogma, Amrou Al-Kadhi writes about trying to make it as a Muslim drag queen in London, John Bell writes about his decision to come out later in life, Tamsin Omond remembers getting married in the middle of a protest and Kate Bottley explains her journey to becoming an LGBT ally. Essays from: Jeanette Winterson, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Padraig O Tuama, Garrard Conley, Juno Dawson, Rev. Winnie Varghese, Keith Jarrett, Jay Hulme, Lucy Knight, Tamsin Omond, Erin Clark, Michael Segalov, Jarel Robinson-Brown, John L. Bell, Mpho Tutu van Furth, Karl Rutlidge, Garry Rutter, Rev Rachel Mann, Jack Guiness, Dustin Lance Black, Ric Stott. Afterword: Kate Bottley
'A fascinating and thoughtful exploration of faith in the modern world. If you're wondering why it matters and how to make sense of it, read on.' CLARE BALDING 'This book will make you cry, but it will also have you cheering. Crying, because it will remind you of religion's ancient and enduring quality towards the queer, the different, the other. Cheering, because it is now religion that's in the dock, with God as the judge. And God loves queers. Wonder what the verdict will be...' RICHARD HOLLOWAY, Sunday Times best selling author of Leaving Alexandria 'A beautiful, powerful, personal and provocative book. An important one too. I laughed and gasped and learned from these stories of resistance, insistence, truth and love.' COLE MORETON, author and journalist 'As a committed atheist I welcome this book and it's beautiful, soul-searching and heartfelt contributions. I can only hope that it will help bring religions into the true fellowship of the human race.' MICHAEL CASHMAN, co-founder of Stonewall Listen to these voices. They remind us of the way God so often speaks from the edge, in the voices of the marginal, from the other side of any walls we build. I encourage all people - especially those of faith - to read this book. It will expand your understanding and your heart. THE RT REVD PAUL BAYES, BISHOP OF LIVERPOOL 'This is a fine book. The Queer Prophet's struggle is wet with tears and stiff with courage. I loved just being there with them, listening to their witness, their story. As a heterosexual man theirs is a world I barely know - to be invited in is a privilege and a joy.' PETER OWEN-JONES author of Letters from an Extreme Pilgrim 'From one of the LGBT community's most respected voices comes a book that celebrates the extraordinary power of faith and love.' JAYNE OZANNE, author of Just Love: A journey of self-acceptance