Gay men can truly claim and affirm their lives only by coming out, by naming who and what they are, which includes their experience of the sacred. Gay men's joys and sorrows, their lives and relationships, their amazing ways of celebrating human sexuality and community, and their ways of dying – all require a meaningful interpretive framework, a bigger picture that gives sense and focus to human contingency. The religious is encountered wherever human beings crave and create meaning. All spiritualities, including those we choose to call "gay," are about the carving out of meaning, the bringing forth of transcendence, the ultimate wrestling with the angel, to borrow the title of a bestselling book on the religious experiences of gay men. In the biblical language and imagery of yore, the sacred is encountered and named in this wrestling.
See also the previous posts:
Affirming Our Essential Goodness
Gay Consciousness, Sex, and the Evolution of Religion
Body and Soul
Prince with a Thousand Enemies
Image: Becki Jayne.