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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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