Baby, You are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology by Marie Cartier

By Marie Cartier

Baby, you're My Religion argues that American butch-femme bar tradition of the mid-20th Century could be interpreted as a sacred area for its neighborhood. prior to Stonewall—when homosexuals have been nonetheless deemed mentally ill—these bars have been the single position the place many can have any neighborhood in any respect. Baby, you're My Religion explores this neighborhood as a website of a lived corporeal theology and political area. It finds that spiritual associations comparable to the Metropolitan group Church have been based in such bars, that conventional and non-traditional spiritual actions came about there, and that spiritual ceremonies akin to marriage have been usually performed in the bars by way of employees. Baby, you're My Religion examines how those bars grew to become not just ecclesiastical websites but in addition supplied the fertile floor for the start of the fight for homosexual and lesbian civil rights prior to Stonewall.

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Saunders Company, 1953), Chapter 11, 446–501. 116. “Female Orgasmic Disorder,” in Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders (2010), http://www. html (accessed April 12, 2010). 29 baby, you are my religion be much to learn from lesbian praxis if including sexual pleasure is part of Christian ethics. 117 Female sexuality, and the idea that females have sex, has been contested quite publicly in the US since Kinsey’s dual volumes. While Kinsey was praised for the male volume published in 1948,118 he was damned for even asking women these questions in his female volume published in 1953.

86. My wife and I got married during this short legal window, June 16 to November 5, 2008, because of love and a desire for our civil rights. We were legally married in Long 20 it was the only place It is crucial to examine the identity construction that pre-Stonewall homosexuals were placed in regarding religion. To say that the bar denizens were without religion is false. There is a difference between being cast as a sinner and being cast as an atheist. An atheist does not believe in God. A sinner has disparaged God in such a way as to be cast out of God’s favor.

10. Bérubé, Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two. 11. Interview, Jane Scott*. 12. Johnson, The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government. 13. Interview, Rae Hamilton. 14. Interview, Nancy Valverde. 35 baby, you are my religion full-time in butch drag, and did so for a full year. Nancy, on the other hand, lived in butch drag, was not a performer, was Mexican and was the only butch she knew. When she was getting arrested—which she estimates happened two to five times a month for five years, she did not have the support of a gay city section around her.

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