Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith

Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith

In this first book from an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic, widely published writer and blogger Eve Tushnet recounts her spiritual and intellectual journey from liberal atheism to faithful Catholicism and shows how gay Catholics can love and be loved while adhering to Church teaching.

Eve Tushnet was among the unlikeliest of converts. The only child of two atheist academics, Tushnet was a typical Yale undergraduate until the day she went out to poke fun at a gathering of philosophical debaters, who happened also to be Catholic. Instead of enjoying mocking what she termed the "zoo animals," she found herself engaged in intellectual conversation with them and, in a move that surprised even her, she soon converted to Catholicism.

Already self-identifying as a lesbian, Tushnet searched for a third way in the seeming two-option system available to gay Catholics: reject Church teaching on homosexuality or reject the truth of your sexuality.

Gay and Catholic is the fruit of Tushnet's searching: what she learned in studying Christian history and theology and her articulation of how gay Catholics can pour their love and need for connection into friendships, community, service, and artistic creation.

Title:Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith
ISBN:9781594715426
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  • Sarah

    Meet one of the hardest books I've been asked to read and one of the most important books I've read and one that should be a must-read for everyone today.Being gay isn't just a hot topic, it's a hard ...

  • Elizabeth

    Update: I've been thinking of recommending this book and wanted to reread in case my impressions have changed over the past couple years. If anything, in a year that's been so fraught with controversy...

  • Fr. Peter Mottola

    A poignant conversation story, quite frankly the best book on celibacy I've ever read, and a brilliant thesis on how the Church can become a welcoming environment for those who are gay while upholding...

  • joseito

    i wanted to like this book.i really did.i feel badly responding negatively to it because i know a ton of people responded positively and i'm just like typical grouch me.i guess the first thing i shoul...

  • Grant Hartley

    This is one of two books (the other being Wesley Hill's Washed and Waiting) that I am able to recommend almost without qualification to both 1) straight Christians who wish to dive into the experience...

  • Fr. Peter Calabrese

    Excellent. At one point the author says some times you just have to start the conversation. This book does just that. Eve Tushnet want to let the world know that there are men and women with same sex ...

  • Catherine

    Necessary, but not sufficient -- and that's not discrediting the book, that's demanding more of readers to seek out other voices besides Eve's own wonderful and generous story here. This book presents...

  • Claire Gilligan

    Exceeded expectations by a long shot! Wow.Tushnet doesn't try to explain or defend the Church's teaching; resources for that are found in her appendix. What she does instead is tease out some practica...

  • Amanda

    I really recommend this for anyone with a traditional Christian view on homosexuality (which is to say, that those with same-sex attraction should be celibate) and also for those interested in how sin...

  • Annie

    Wesley Hill spoke highly of it....