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Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights

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With a focus on mainline Protestants and gay rights activists in the twentieth century, Heather R. White challenges the usual picture of perennial adversaries with a new narrative about America's religious and sexual past. White argues that today's antigay Christian traditions originated in the 1920s when a group of liberal Protestants began to incorporate psychiatry and p ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published August 24th 2015 by University of North Carolina Press (first published July 24th 2015)
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Chris
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, theology, queer
20th-c. American LGBT church history is now a legitimate academic subfield. For scholars interested in it, this is a clear must-read, full of highlights from new archives and insightful re-narrations of familiar events. And if those events aren't familiar-- if you don't know about the clergy-queer dialogues and protest actions in mid-sixties San Francisco, or the role of the Metropolitan Community Churches in spreading Stonewall commemoration-- then this book will probably come as a revelation. ...more
Anthony Venn-Brown
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: research
Living in the era we do I’m sure most LGBT people assume that Christian leaders and churches have always hated the gays. Reforming Sodom by Heather White dispels that myth. Like the myth that the gay rights movement began at Stonewall in 1969, the anti-gay/Christian narrative is well established.

Those with an educated understanding of gay rights history would know already that in 1964, five years before Stonewall, there was mini riot and arrests in San Francisco when a costume party at Californ
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