Lesbian & Gay Catholic Booklist

This list includes stories of sexual attraction and romance; and different perspectives on coming out, living authentically, faith and sex.

“Congratulations to the Catholic Church for raising so many lesbians over the years.” – Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon, Authors, ‘Lesbian/ Woman’


A Catholic Education by Robert Benard

A Woman to Treasure by Ali Vali

An Excellent Mystery: The Eleventh Chronicle of Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters

Benediction by Diane Salvatore

Body and Blood by Michael Schiefelbein

Broken Vows by M.J. Williamz

Brothers in Arms by Michael Carson

Changing Majors by Ana Hartnett Reichardt

City of Night by John Rechy

Closet Case by Robert Rodi

Day of the Dead by Victoria Brownworth

Death with Dignity by Jack Ricardo

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead: A Novel by Emily R. Austin

Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen

Homo Novus by Gerard Cabrera

I Leap Over the Wall by Monica Baldwin

In The Name of the Father by Gerri Hill

In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

Murder on Camac: A Marco Fontana Mystery by Joseph R.G. DeMarco

Nun in the Closet by Joanne Michaels

Only Say the Word by Scott D. Pomfret

Pawn of Satan – A Paul Turner Mystery by Mark Zubro

Queerleaders, A Love Story by M.B. Guel

Quiet as a Nun: A Jemima Shore Mystery by Antonia Fraser

Sister Matthew and Sister Rose – Novices in Love by Carol Anne Douglas

Strange Gods: A Novel About Faith, Murder, Sin and Redemption by Peter Daly and John Myslinski

Theresa and Isabelle by Violette Leduc

The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley

The Catholic by David Plante

The Fancy Dancer by Patricia Nell Warren

The Fifth Gospel by Michelle Grubb

The Only Good Priest (Tom and Scott Mysteries) by Richard Zubro

The Sacrament by Olaf Olafson

The Secret Cord by Virginia Hale

UnCatholic Conduct by Stevie Mikayne


A Catechism of the Heart: A Jesuit Missioned to the Laity by Benjamin Brenkert

A Faith of One’s Own: Explorations by Catholic Lesbians by Barbara Zanotti

A Challenge to Love: Gay and Lesbian Catholics in the Church by Fr. Robert Nugent

A Disturbed Peace: Selected Writings of An Irish Catholic Homosexual by Brian McNaught

A Home for All: A Catholic Call for LGBTQ Non-Discrimination by New Ways Ministry

Acts of Faith, Acts of Love: Gay Catholic Autobiographies as Sacred Texts by Dugan McGinley

All Down Darkness Wide – A Memoir by Sean Hewitt

Amours: L’Eglise, les divorces remaries, les couples homosexuals by Fr. Adriano Oliva, OP

Are There Closets in Heaven? A Catholic Father and Lesbian Daughter Share their Story by Carol and Robert Curoe

Being Gay and Lesbian in a Catholic High School: Beyond the Uniform by John DeCecco, Michael Maher and Mary Elizabeth Sperry

Binding with Briars: Sex and Sin in the Catholic Church by Richard Ginder

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn: Chinese Tongzhi Catholics’ Tales by Eros Shaw, Mark Larrimore and Michael Clifton

Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity by Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Building Bridges – Gay and Lesbian Reality and the Catholic Church by Fr. Robert Nugent and Sr. Jeannine Gramick

Catholic Figures, Queer Narratives by Frederick S. Roden and Patricia Juliana Smith

Catholic Identity – Balancing Reason, Faith, and Power by Michelle Dillon

Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century by John Boswell

Chosen: Gay Catholic Priests Tell Their Stories by Elizabeth Stuart

Coming Out and Coming Home by Stan “JR” Zerkowski

Confessions of A Gay Priest by Tom Rastrelli

Fortunate Families: Catholic Families with Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons by Mary Ellen Lopata

Gay Respect In The Good News – (Still) A Draft For Discussion by Stephen Joseph Wolf

Gay, Catholic, and American – My Legal Battle for Marriage Equality and Inclusion by Greg Bourke

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

Given Up for You: A Memoir of Love, Belonging and Belief by Erin O. White

God’s Works Revealed: Spirituality, Theology, and Social Justice for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Catholics by Sal Albano

Going to Wings by Sandra Worsham

Heavenly Homos, Etc.: Queer Icons from Life, Religion and History by Fr. Jan Haen

Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear by Michael J. O’Loughlin

Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest by Gary M. Meier

Homosexuality and the Catholic Church by Sr. Jeannine Gramick 

Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics by Fr. Thomas Berg

I Came Here Seeking a Person: A Vital Story of Grace; One Gay Man’s Spiritual Journey by William D. Glenn

Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy by Judith C. Brown

In The Shadow of the Bridge: A Memoir by Joseph Caldwell Delphinium

Just Love – A Framework for Christian Ethics by Margaret Farley

Kicking the Habit: A Lesbian Nun Story by Jeanne Cordova

Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence by Nancy Manahan and Rosemary Keefer Curb

LGBTQ Catholics: A Guide to Inclusive Ministry by Yunuen Trujillo and Sr. Jeannine Gramick

LGBT Catholic Ministry: Past and Present by Jason Steidl

Liberace: An American Boy by Darden Asbury Pyron

Life in Paradox: The Story of a Gay Catholic Priest by Paul Edward Murray

Listen to the Stories – Gay and Lesbian Catholics Talk About Their Lives and the Church by Raymond C. Holtz

Living True: Lesbian Women Share Stories of Faith by Margaret O’Gorman

Love Between Women: Early Christian Response to Female Homoeroticism by Bernadette J. Brooten

Love Tenderly – Sacred Stories of Lesbian and Queer Religious – by New Ways Ministry

Marriage of Likeness – Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe by John Boswell

Memories of a Gay Catholic Boyhood – Coming of Age in the Sixties by John D’Emilio

Mychal Judge: Take Me Where You Want Me to Go by Francis DeBernardo

My Cousin Maria Schneider: A Memoir by Vanessa Schneider 

My Sister, My Spouse: Woman-Identified Women in Medieval Christianity by Dr. E. Ann Matter

On Being Gay: Thoughts on Family, Faith, and Love by Brian McNaught

Queer and Catholic by Amie M. Evans

Queer and Catholic: A Life of Contradiction by Mark Dowd

Queer God de Amor by Miguel Diaz

Save Yourself by Cameron Esposito

Search Me: A Way of the Cross in Solidarity with the LGBTQ Community by John T. Kyler

Secrecy, Sophistry and Gay Sex in the Catholic Church: The Systematic Destruction of an Oblate Priest by Richard Wagner

Sex As God Intended by John McNeill

Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir by Scott D. Promfret

Sons of the Church: The Witnessing of Gay Catholic Men by Thomas B. Stevenson

Special Friendships by Roger Peyrefille

Tab Hunter Confidential – The Making of a Movie Star by Tab Hunter

Taking a Chance on God: Liberating Theology for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Lovers, Families and Friends by John McNeill

Tenderness: A Gay Christian’s Guide to Unlearning Rejection & Experiencing God’s Extravagant Love by Eve Tushnet

The Church and the Homosexual: Fourth Edition by John J. McNeill

The Friend by Alan Bray

The Lesbian Path by Margaret Cruikshank

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal by Hubert Wolf

The Other Face of Love by Raymond De Becker

The Rite of Sodomy – Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church by Randy Engel

The Unmentionable Vice: Homosexuality in the Later Medieval Period by Michael Goodrich

Voices of Hope: A Collection of Positive Catholic Writing on Gay & Lesbian Issues by Sr. Jeannine Gramick

What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality by Daniel A. Helminiak, Ph.D. 

With Listening Hearts: Understanding the Voices of Lesbian and Gay Catholics by Fr. Peter J. Liuzzi

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