— Peter J. Gomes
At the time that I was writing Angel… in that period there was so much change in society, and in the church— the church meaning Protestant churches for the most part because it’s a Protestant minister that I am writing about. Between the time that I completed and sold it the Presbyterian church had voted to ordain gay and lesbian ministers and a number of churches were discussing and changing their policies. So at the time that I was selling it, there were a lot of these kinds of stories happening and I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, the world is going to become sane before the book comes out and it’s not going to be relevant any more.’
Of course that hasn’t happened. I needn’t have feared."
— interview with Laura Lee author of the novel Angel on It Matters
— interview with author Laura Lee on the novel Angel on It Matters
— Darian Aaron
I have never heard a homily that attempted to explain how a gay man should live, or how his sexuality should be expressed. I have heard nothing but a vast and endless and embarrassed silence, an awkward, unexpressed desire for the simple nonexistence of such people, for their absence from the moral and physical universe, for a word or a phrase, like “objective disorder,” that could simply abolish the problem they represented and the diverse humanity they symbolize. The teaching I inherited was a teaching that, in the best of all possible worlds, I simply would not exist. And it was hard to disobey this; since it was not an order, it was merely a wish.
If articulated, I suppose, the order was abstinence. Abstinence forever; abstinence always; abstinence not for the sake of something else, but for its own sake; abstinence not just from sex, but from love and love’s hope and the touch of a lover’s embrace. Abstinence even from recognition, acknowledgment, family."
— Love Undetectable by Andrew Sullivan (via thegayguyyouneverknewyouknew)