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with Mark and life partner Malcolm Boyd
Mark's book describing his
"coming home" with fellow travelers.
About author and
activist Mark Thompson
Brief summaries of each of the books by Mark Thompson
The Fire in Moonlight: Stories From The Radical Faeries
image of Fire in Moonlight book cover The most valuable possession a people have is their story...their history. Many years in the making, with over fifty contributors from all over the world, The Fire in Moonlight is the first anthology of its kind. Beginning with Walt Whitman and Edward Carpenter in the nineteenth century More . . .
   
Advocate Days & Other Stories
book cover for Advocate Days What does it mean to be an advocate? To become a person who speaks out and defends a cause? In this collection of moving essays, longtime journalist Mark Thompson charts his own journey of becoming both a witness and participant in the gay liberation movement. More . . .
   
Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature
book cover for Gay Soul Does being gay bestow a special two-spiritedness? Is there a unique advantage to exploring the soul through a queer prism? What is "gaiety of soul?" How can flesh and spirit be integrated in a soulful life? The 16 vibrant gay male elders, both young and old, who speak out in Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature have each pondered the nature of the soul through the lens of "otherness". More . . .
   
Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning
book cover for Gay Spirit Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning broke new ground when it first appeared in 1987, giving voice to an entire generation of gay men seeking alternative visions about the fundamental questions facing their lives. This now classic volume has been widely acclaimed, cited by the Lambda Book Report as "among the 100 gay books that changed our lives." More . . .
Gay Body: A Journey Through Shadow to Self
book cover for Gay Body: A Journey Through Shadow To Self The spiritual journey to adulthood is, for most gay men, particularly difficult. Often suffering the hurts of traumatic childhoods, the assaults and rejections of indifferent or confused families, and the outsider status conferred upon them by society at large, many get lost along the way. More . . .
   
Leatherfolk: Radical Sex, People, Politics, and Practice
book cover for Leather Folk
Since its publication in 1991, Leatherfolk: Radical Sex, People, Politics, and Practice has become a classic, must-read book on human sexuality and identity. Widely acknowledged as being among the most useful books of its kind, the co-gender anthology is both historical witness and provocative treatise on this unique and often misunderstood subculture. More . . .
   
Long Road to Freedom
book cover for Long Road to Freedom Long Road to Freedom documents the remarkable early history of the modern gay and lesbian movement—a quarter century of rebellion and reform, tragedy and triumph. Editor Mark Thompson fills hundreds of pages with news, photographs, essays, cartoons, More . . .
   
Fellow Travelers: Guides and Tribes
book cover for Fellow Travelers Coming home is a powerful metaphor for gay men. It holds particular sway over a generation raised with the adventures of a certain Dorothy Gale and her ultimate realization that there is "no place" quite like it. And the wish endures in the collective conscious of the generations that followed as a positive affirmation of all they are, want, and need. More . . .