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July 16, 2010



I am a college student trying to make ends meet. I have to pay the bills and it would be a financial burden for me to subscribe to My Out Spirit, though I can assure you if I were in a more fiscally stable situation I surely would. With that said, let me say that this website has been an incredible beacon of light for me. I seriously believed I was the only gay man looking for something deeper than casual sex, clubbing, or becoming immersed in pop culture and material wealth. Forgive me for stereotyping but I've met quite a few gay men like this. It has been difficult to meet another man who even considered looking deeper. I stumbled upon this website and found that I wasn't alone; other gay men as well as people from the whole GLBT spectrum were looking at things from a more spiritual level. Your work is not in vain. It has kept me sane when I've thought I'm the only gay man in the world who actually considered searching his soul. I'm not trying to sound holier than thou to those who are inclined to follow the more mainstream gay culture, but rather I'm thankful for something like this website. I check it regularly and it means so much to me. Once again, I'm just one person, but I can assure you that your work has touched me.

Tom Cummiskey

Dear Clayton, I posted on your FB page as well, but I fear that most every grassroots movement or effort that was launched in the early part of this century is struggling. Why?
The EXPLOSION of Social Networking and the Internet. It's our new Opium. Like television, we can't get away from our screens and mice long enough to remember what it's like to REALLY CONNECT with another human being~~let alone a spiritually conscious person.
All I need to say.

I support your work, have subscribed and will continue to support your efforts. Amen, Ashe, So Be It!
Love, Tom


Thank you so much, Eric. I needed to hear that, today.


I've sent your appeal out to the More Light Presbyterians network. I think you raise some real questions about the dynamics of the inclusion movement in religious communities, as well as the LGBTQ justice movement's relationship to those communities.

I personally find it much more difficult to come out as Christian in queer settings (generally) than to come out as a gay man in the Church. Of course my particular Presbyterian congregation is very inclusive and has been on the front lines of the LGBT justice/inclusion movement for man years, but even in unfriendly settings I generally know where things stand.

LGBTQ folks have lots of reasons to distrust organized religious communities of course, but even when the welcome sign is hung out front and the rainbow flags fly people don't show.

I can think of lots of reasons why, and no easy answers.

Eric, I wish you the best on your journey to find connections with folks who share your values.

I would encourage you to read some of Mark Thompson's writing ("Gay Spirit", "Gay Soul", etc.) He's done some great writing on gay men's spirituality in particular, and although he's of a different generation than both you and I (I'm guessing, if you're a traditional college student, and I'm 15 years out of college) I think much of what he has to say still rings strongly true for me today.


Kittredge Cherry

I can tell that you're frustrated about fundraising from your post "Do gays WANT spirit?" I do think that the current economics of print publishing make it unprofitable now on almost every level. For example, when I went to the Lammy Awards in 2008, several winning LGBT authors mentioned in their acceptance speeches that their publishers had gone out of business! So you're not the only one trying to figure out how to make it in today's economy.

You are asking the right question, "ARE we offering what LGBT people WANT?" I try to keep this question in mind, too, while also remembering Jesus' words, "Wherever two or three are gathered, I am there." Maybe the LGBT spiritual market will never be a mass market, but a small niche or just a few people.


I can live for two months on a good compliment. (Mark Twain, American writer)

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