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Stranger at the GateStranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America by Rev. Dr. Mel White

Until 1991, Mel White was regarded by the leaders of the religious right as one of their most talented and productive supporters. He penned speeches for Ollie North, was a ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, worked with Jim Bakker. What they didn't know is that Mel White--evangelical minister, committed Christian, family man--is gay. In this book, White details his twenty-five years of being counseled, exorcised, electric-shocked, prayed for, and nearly driven to suicide because his church said homosexuality was wrong. His salvation--to be openly gay and Christian--is much more than a unique coming-out story. Synopsis from Amazon.com

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Surprised by Peace by Mary Britton

A controversial collection of 25 stories of faith, written by homosexuals who refused to underestimate the love of God. Those who have been wounded by the institutional churches will identify with and find gentle guidance from the writers, who have found peace, despite the prevailing exclusion and oppression. A challenge to the religious right. A beacon of light and encouragement to the gay community.  Synopsis from Amazon.com

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A Journey to MoriahA Journey to Moriah by Rhea Murray

This is the true story of the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual journey of the mother of a gay son. Set in a small town in southern Indiana, A Journey to Moriah tells of the tremendous social and religious pressure the family faced when her son was outed by their minister, and how Rhea refused to abandon her son.

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Don't Be Afraid AnymoreDon't Be Afraid Anymore: The Story of Reverend Troy Perry and the Metropolitan Community Churches by Rev. Troy Perry and Thomas Swicegood

Today the Metropolitan Community Church -- the first to minister to the needs of lesbians and gay men -- includes over 300 congregations in fifteen countries. But, for Troy Perry, excommunicated from the Church of God because of his homosexuality, this achievement has been marked by a struggle against adversity. This is his inspiring story.

Included along with accounts of gay activism in the '70s and '80s are personal stories of religious discovery and social solidarity. Includes photos.

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Lesbian NunsLesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence by Rosemary Curb and Nancy Manahan (editors)

This book is a collection of fifty personal essays.  Each woman discusses her decision to enter a convent, the realization of her lesbianism, the impact of this awareness on her beliefs and lifestyle, and her final decision to remain in or to leave her order.

The authors' accounts are brave, heart-rending, uplifting, at times downright erotic and often surprising. For example, many women join convents not as a religious vocation nor as an escape from an alienating mundane world, but as a positive desire to integrate into a community of women. . . . So many myths are exploded, so many silences broken, so many barriers breached that this book is compulsive reading, thought provoking and therefore highly recommended.  description from bn.com.

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A Woman Like ThatA Woman Like That : Lesbian and Bisexual Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stores by Joan Larkin (Editor)

Although A Woman Like That is full of brave and often wrenching coming-out stories, with the expected emphasis on overcoming social and familial pressure (more than one of these writers describes involuntary stays in mental hospitals), the combined effect of these wonderful memoirs is more erotic than political--and more funny than erotic. description from Amazon.com.

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The Preacher's SonThe Preacher's Son by Marc Adams

From the author:
The Preacher's Son
is my autobiography about growing up gay, the son of a fundamentalist Baptist preacher in rural Pennsylvania. It chronicles my employment by and attendance at Jerry Falwell's University and eventually my coming to terms with who I was all along. I originally started writing The Preacher's Son as guidebook to help those trying to "cure" themselves of homosexuality. I believed at that time that I was changed. Now the book is finished and bears the TRUTH about begin gay and about fundamentalist Christianity. I am committed to sharing my story and making sure that gay and lesbian youth don't feel that they are worthless or alone.

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