Booklist for Lesbian & Gay Catholics

This list contains a variety of reading material: comforting and encouraging pastoral resources; inspiring personal stories; fiction, history, and differing 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 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

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

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

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

Body and Blood by Michael Schiefelbein

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 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

City of Night by John Rechy

Coming Out and Coming Home by Stan “JR” Zerkowski

Confessions of A Gay Priest by Tom Rastrelli

Curious Wine by Katherine W. Forest (not Catholic, but great sex)

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

Gay Respect In The Good News – 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

Going to Wings by Sandra Worsham

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

Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen

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

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

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

In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

Kicking the Habit: A Lesbian Nun Story by Jeanne Cordova

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

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

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

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

Only Say the Word by Scott D. Pomfret

Queer and Catholic by Amie M. Evans

Queer and Catholic: A Life of Contradiction by Mark Dowd

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

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

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

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

The Catholic by David Plante

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

The Friend by Alan Bray

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 Sacrament by Olaf Olafson

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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