Welcome (or welcome back!) to Gay Spirituality. It is November 2014 and I am in the process of re-launching the blog with renewed passion and a New Dharma for the gay community. However, before I begin properly, I have a few preliminary things to say. It is time to turn briefly to the topic of who this blog is written for and the words we choose to use to talk about ourselves.
Gay Spirituality is not connected to the remarkable book of the same title published by Toby Johnson in 2000. It refers to this blog, which I first published in 2013, which follows in the lineage of gay men writing about their spiritual life, called the Gay Spirituality movement. My writings are more closely aligned to the Integral Spirituality movement than any other, with this blog sitting at the crossroads of Integral Spirituality and Gay Spirituality.
Firstly, this is a blog written for men who love other men, and women who love other women, whatever they call themselves: gay, bisexual, or straight. I am talking about the philosophical and spiritual meanings of same-sex love and sexuality, no matter what it is labeled. I identify myself as gay, a gay person with bisexual tendencies, but definitely, affirmatively, gay.
Secondly, because who we love is deeply connected to who we are, it is impossible to divorce the topic of love from gender. Persons who do not fit neatly into the boxes that our society and culture dictate as normative are, broadly speaking, transgender persons. I am also talking about the philosophical and spiritual meanings of sex and gender, no matter the label, with special attention to topics affecting transgender persons. I am male, cis gender; a man.