Seattle: Life Messenger, 1978. Offset. 3 x 5 1/8 in. Saddle-stapled. 48 pp. Rear wrap stamped with the service times and address for the House of Stephanas Christian Chapel on Haight Street in San Francisco. Very good. Item #5789
A rare booklet meant to help the reader identify and understand homosexuality, to turn queer folks from their supposedly sinful ways and be “spiritually reborn” as evangelical Christians.
The book opens with a glossary of terms including: camp, drag queen, gender role, leather, cowboy, sado-masochism, and more. The majority of the text is devoted to confronting myths about LGBTQ people including that “homosexuals are always identifiable by physical appearance and/or occupation.” The final “myth” is “once gay, always gay” and the text ultimately concludes with an argument for ending one’s homosexual ways.
A superbly illustrated theological tract written at the height of the gay movement’s militancy, enlightening the reactionary evangelical answer, and setting the ground work for conversion therapies and other Christian responses. Printed in Seattle and distributed by a church on Haight Street in San Francisco.
“Of course, not all men wearing Western clothing are homosexual.”.