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The Evans Symposium:
Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture and Moon Lady Rising
by Arthur Evans

Available for pre-order

In 1975 Arthur Evans presented a series of lectures based on his research into LGBT history and cultural roots in European societies of the medieval era.  The ground-breaking work was subsequently collected into the 1978 publication of his book Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture.

Working with Arthur at the end of his life, White Crane Books convinced Evans to gather the remaining materials
— that had been edited from the original book —
into a sequel to that book.

Arthur called it Moon Lady Rising.

We have combined this new, previously unpublished material with the original Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture. The Evans Symposium, for the first time ever, represents the entirety of Arthur Evans material from those lectures.

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ALL: A James Broughton Reader
Edited by Jack Foley

In a life that stretched from 1913 to 1999 James Broughton witnessed and commented on the twentieth century from the point of view of an outsider. In a time aghast at its own horrors, Broughton championed laughter. He was a poet, not of the ivory tower but of the innovative street, a playful, urban voice with the notion that a poet could change the world. In a rational century, he asserted mystery.

All: A James Broughton Reader collects the range of this acclaimed poet and filmmaker.

$20

The Fire in Moonlight
Edited by Mark Thompson

The most valuable possession a people have is their story…their history. Many years in the making, with over fifty contributors from around the world, The Fire in the Moonlight is the first anthology of its kind. Beginning with Walt Whitman and Edward Carpenter in the nineteenth century and moving through the liberation movements of the late twentieth, Dancing in the Moonlight speculates far into the twenty-first.

$20

OUTSPOKEN Reel One: A Vito Russo Reader
Edited by Jeffrey Schwarz
with Bo Young and Mark Thompson

Volume One of a two volume, HBO documentary companion collection of the writings of film historian and gay activist Vito Russo.

$20

OUTSPOKEN Reel Two: A Vito Russo Reader
Edited by Jeffrey Schwarz
with Bo Young and Mark Thompson

Volume Two of a two volume, HBO documentary companion collection of the writings of film historian and gay activist Vito Russo.

$20

The Trouble with Harry Hay
Founder of the Modern Gay Movement
By Stuart Timmons
Foreword by Will Roscoe, PhD
THE HARRY HAY CENTENNIAL EDITION

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Modern Gay Rights Movement.

ADVANCE PRAISE:

Martin Duberman: “This engrossing, well-written book rescues Harry Hay from the realm of myth and also recovers large chunks of gay history. On both counts, it is a solid, praiseworthy achievement.”

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon: “There is no ‘Trouble with Harry.’  His determined caring and searching shine like a diamond throughout his life. We need a lot more like Harry?”

Jonathan Ned Katz: “Reading this amazing profile in courage often brought tears to my eyes and will, I think, deeply move a new generation, as it informs them of the enormous bravery of our libration pioneers. This life of Hay is also an original contribution to social history, the chronicle of UI.S. protest movements, and the enduring contribution of American radicals to a freer nation.”

$20

Two Flutes Playing
A Spiritual Journeybook
For Gay Men
by Andrew Ramer
New Introduction by Mark Thompson

“We had many saints, many heroes, both female and male, but I want to speak here of the saints and heroes of the gay tribes. For this is a period of human history that has been lost through time, whose return is vitally needed. For you know the heroes of the other tribes. But of this small, sacred tribe, whose history has been obscured, you remember nothing.”

So tells acclaimed author Andrew Ramer in Two Flutes Playing. Within these pages can be found insight and wisdom. Ramer serves as a mythologist for gay men, providing evidence to the harmony of gender, love and sex. A new introduction by the author reveals why this book’s timeless message has once more returned to print as the inaugural title in the White Crane Spirituality Series.

Michael Bails (Seattle WA) writing an unsolicited review on the amazon.com site says: “I was recommended this book after having taken a Body Electric workshop a few weeks before. From the first page I began to re-live the entire bonding rituals that we had experienced over that weekend. How to connect, how to communicate, and how to intimately bond on a higher plane! … A definite “must have” book for the gay tribe who would like to interact spiritually and emotionally!”

$15

Take off the Masks
By Malcolm Boyd with a
new introduction by Mark Thompson

For over sixty years, Malcolm Boyd has written truthfully about his own journey to fullness. From theologian to civil rights pioneer to coffee house troubadour to gay rights icon, Boyd has courageously and whole-heartedly shown the way to a deeper, more honest examination of all our lives, leading by example.

White Crane Books is proud to re-release Boyd’s classic spiritual biography and coming out story, Take Off the Masks, for a new generation of readers hungry for its insight, honesty and soulful perception. With a new introduction by Boyd’s life partner, Mark Thompson, and a newly added postscript by Rev. Canon Boyd himself.

$9

A Prophet in His Own Land
A Malcolm Boyd Reader
By Malcolm Boyd
Edited by Bo Young and Dan Vera
With a Foreword by Bishop Gene Robinson

Gay/straight, Christian/atheist, coffeehouse or pulpit, poet or prose, Malcolm Boyd is an exemplar of the American tradition of life’s adventure and free-thinking. He is a gift to anyone who takes the time to encounter him in his writings.

To celebrate Malcolm Boyd’s 85th birthday, and in recognition of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s awarding of the Pioneer Award to him and his partner Mark Thompson for lifetime achievement, White Crane Books is proud to announce the publication of A Prophet in His Own Land: A Malcolm Boyd Reader, a compendium of five decades of his prose, poetry, prayers and interviews. This is the first collection of Boyd’s writings assembled under one cover, offering the gamut of the man’s heart, mind and soul to first-time readers or long-time readers alike. Compiled by Bo Young and Dan Vera, editors of White Crane: the Journal of Gay Wisdom & Culture, the collection begins with the first writings Boyd produced, reflecting presciently on his insider’s knowledge and experience in the motion picture business and the American culture machine and span his coffeehouse years with comedian Dick Gregory and the early involvement as a Freedom Marcher with Dr. Martin Luther King. With thirty books written and/or edited to his credit, this is the first to offer the true measure of the man.

$20

 

A Reminder of the Hatred and Intolerance Around the World — the self portraits of men living in countries where homosexuality is against the law.
I'd only add that Conservative members of our current Supreme Court have voted in ways that would have placed my lover and I in this group. The Lawrence v. Texas decision that outlawed so called "sodomy laws" ended the direct criminalizing of our love for each other.

Jesse’s Journal

Hospital
Visitation: A Daily Struggle for LGBT Couples

 
 
HospitalHands Every day, same-sex couples must fight for the basic rights that
straight
married couples take for granted.  One of those basic rights is the
right
to visit your partner in the hospital.  Michael and I are fortunate to
live
in Broward County, a progressive county in the mostly conservative state
of
Florida. Broward has a Domestic Partners ordinance which, among other
things, guarantees the right of domestic partners to visit their loved
ones in
the hospital.During the last year, Michael and I had to be
hospitalized
in separate occasions: Michael in the Cleveland Clinic in March and I in
Broward
General in June. (Happily, neither hospital visit lasted for more than a

day or so.) In either case, our partner was allowed unlimited access
into
the hospital’s emergency room to be with our loved one.

 
Unfortunately, other couples were not so fortunate. During the
height of
the AIDS epidemic, too many men were forcibly kept away
from
their dying lovers by hospitals and hospices who did not recognize their

relationships. Just last year, partners Janice Langbehn and Lisa Pond
experienced homophobia first hand when Pond suffered an aneurysm during a

Florida vacation. When Pond was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in
Miami, Langbehn and her children were denied access to Pond because (in
the
hospital’s opinion) she wasn’t a “real” family member. As a result,
Pond
died alone, in spite of the fact that she and Langbehn had living wills,

advanced directives and power-of-attorney documents. This didn’t
matter,
according to a heartless hospital worker, who allegedly told Langbehn
that she
was in an “antigay city and state.” (This might be true of the State of

Florida, but not of the City of Miami.) Langbehn, not surprisingly,
sued
the hospital.

 
 
Obviously an incident like this one does nothing for Jackson’s
reputation,
especially when one considers the hospital’s current financial
problems. To their credit, officials from the Jackson Health System (JHS) dealt
with the
resulting brouhaha by meeting with a coalition of local LGBT
organizations,
including SAVE Dade (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone), to
solve this
pressing (and embarrassing) issue. The end result of these
negotiations,
announced on April 12, was a change of policy for JHS that gave the
same-sex
partners of lesbian, bisexual and gay patients the same visiting rights
as
heterosexual spouses.  Jackson redefined its definition of “family” to
include people who are not legally related to the patient, including
“spouses,
domestic partners and both different-sex and same-sex significant
others.” 
Meanwhile, “while this is a positive step for the LGBT community in
South
Florida, the work to implement fair visitation policies throughout the
rest of
South Florida and across the state is far from over,” announced SAVE
Dade.
 
 
Kathleen_Sebelius Coincidentally, on April 15th President Barack Obama, who’s having
his own
problems with his LGBT constituents, issued a memorandum that calls for
an end
to discriminatory policies that limit hospital visitation to legal
spouses and
immediate family members
.  The president directed Health and Human
Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to “ensure” that hospitals that participate
in
Medicare and Medicaid (that is, most hospitals) “respect the rights of
patients
to designate visitors” and allow those visitors the same privileges that
married
spouses and legitimate children take for granted. The memo makes no
mention of assisted living facilities.) Obama then called Janice
Langbehn,
to express his sympathy and apologize for the injustice done to her and
her dead
partner. “I hope that taking these steps makes sure that no family every
has to
experience the nightmare that my family has gone though,” she replied.
 
 
Clay and Harold - Sonoma Unfortunately, the fight is far from over. Two years ago Clay
Greene
and Harold Scull
(at the left), an elderly couple living in “liberal” Sonoma County,
California, were forcibly separated when Scull fell and became
incapacitated. Though the couple had provided for such an emergency,
the
County refused to recognize their relationship.
It got a judge to
declare
Greene – who had allegedly acted violently against Scull – mentally
incompetent,
placed both men in separate facilities, gained the power of
conservatorship from
a sympathetic judge, and then proceeded to take over, sell or keep the
couple’s
belongings.  Through it all, Greene was not allowed to visit Scull, who
died in August 2008. Needless to say, Greene is now suing the
County.
 
 
Cases like this remind us that we must keep vigilant and
ever-active in our
struggle for the rights of same-sex couples. Horror stories like these
will not cease until and unless lesbian and gay couples achieve the same
rights
that straight married couples now have, whether in Florida, California,
or
across these United States.
 
 
Jesse Monteagudo (jesssemonteagudo@aol.com)
is a
freelance writer and regular contributor.

Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock

TakingWoodstock325_000 Earlier this week I had an opportunity to catch an advance screening of the new Ang Lee film Taking Woodstock.

ElliotNVilma The movie has a great script that sparkle with the gifts of one of the best casts I've ever seen.  Everyone is believable and wonderful in their roles.  Demetri Martin, someone I knew only for his comedic work, is sweet and endearing as Elliot Tiber, the man who put the festival planners and Max Yasgur (played by the wonderful Eugene Levy) together.  His story (told in his memoir Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life) is about the motel-owning parents he's trying to help (the brilliant Imelda Staunton and Henry Goodman).  But the story is also about Tiber's coming to terms with his sexuality and trying to figure out what to do with his life.  The acting is all top shelf and some of the roles are worthy of Oscar consideration starting with Staunton role as the overbearing mother who manages to offer both the funniest and painful moments in the film. 

I left the movie thinking that Ang Lee may be the most Gay-friendly director working today.  Throughout his long career he's turned in some of the most thoughtful representations of Gay life — from the couple in his early Wedding Banquet to the now classic Brokeback Mountain.  In telling the story of an iconic festival that took place months after the Stonewall rebellion, Lee doesn't skimp on the connection.  In many AngLeeways the Stonewall rebellion, which occurred a few months before Woodstock, is represented by Liev Schreiber's oscar-worthy performance as Vilma.  She arrives as an angel of sorts who helps Elliot loosen up and live his life.  These performances are the shiniest in a field of diamonds.

I just saw the movie a few hours ago but I highly recommend this film to our readers.  It was a delight  — the music is good too if only secondary to the story of love and community that comes shining through.   – Dan

(FOR THE RECORD: The screening I attended was sponsored by The Nation magazine.  These are my opinions only.  Take it as a friendly suggestion!)

WC79 – Sanctuary

79-Cover White Crane Issue #79

Winter 2008/09


Sanctuary

Hi Friends!
Below are excerpts from
our Winter 2008/09 issue on Sanctuary. 
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Columns

Opening Words "A Place For Us" The Editors
Updrafts by Dan Vera
Praxis "Into Loving Arms" by Andrew Ramer

Departments

Call for Submissions
Subscriber Information
Contribution Information

Taking Issue

"The Heartline that Connects Us" Harry Hay on the Need for Sanctuary – From 1981|

A WHITE CRANE CONVERSATION
"Queer Spirit in Salt Lake City: A Conversation with Jerry Buie on Building Gay Sanctuary"
By Corey Taylor

"Memory As Magic Faerie Camp Destiny"  By Bambi Gauthier
"Holding Sanctuary Easton Mountain" By John Stasio
"Sanctuary as Refuge Portland" By Enrique E. Andrade
"Zuni Sanctuary A Journal from the High Mountain Desert" By Joe Birdsong
"Short Mountain Sanctuary: A History" By Gabby Haze
"Place Where Our Hearts Take Hope" By Stafford Whiteaker
"Loneliness & the Sanctuary of the Spirit"  By Jay Michaelson

A WHITE CRANE CONVERSATION
"The Caffe Cino - Steve Susoyev Speaks with George Birimisa"

Culture Reviews

Hadrian at the British Museum
    
Reviewed by Paul Harmon
Condor One  By John Simpson
    
Reviewed by Steve Lavigne
Life in Paradox: The Story of a Gay Catholic Priest  By Paul Murray
    Reviewed by Toby Johnson
Spirit Dancing: Radical Faerie Ritual Chants
    
Reviewed by Mark Thompson
So Many Ways to Sleep Badly By Matt Bernstein Sycamore
    
Reviewed by Steve Lavigne
The Space Between Our Danger and Delight  Poems by Dan Vera
    
Reviewed by Collin Kelley

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Dustin Lance Black at the Oscars

A moving speech:

"Oh my God. This was, um. This was not an easy film to make. First off, I have to thank Cleve Jones and Anne Kronenberg and all the real-life people who shared their stories with me. And, um, Gus Van Sant, Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco, and our entire cast, my producers, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, everyone at Groundswell and Focus, for taking on the challenge of telling this life-saving story. When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas to California and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life, it gave me the hope to one day live my life openly as who I am and that maybe even I could fall in love and one day get married.

I want to thank my mom who has always loved me for who I am, even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he'd want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches or by the government  or by their families that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights, federally, across this great nation of ours. (Wild applause from the audience.) Thank you, thank you, and thank you God for giving us Harvey Milk."  – Dustin Lance Black

Calls for Future Issues

The following are the scheduled topics for future issues of White Crane. In an effort to remain as topical as a quarterly publication can be, the order of this schedule may be changed so that we may be responsive to the "zeitgeist."

80MusicNPoetry  Spring 2009
Music & Poetry

We honor the place of music in our lives. We shed light on pioneers in the creation of Gay music. We revel in the works of visionary Gay troubadors.
We also will announce the winner of the 2009 White Crane/James White Poetry Prize

Deadline for Spring 2009:
February 1, 2009

 

81Anniversary  Summer 2009
Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary & the 30th Anniversary of the 1st Radical Faerie Gathering

Exploring what survivors experienced then and what we've experienced since, where we are now and what we're doing to get where we want to be in the future, individually and collectively. A call for stories, photos, poems and other sharings from 1979 survivors, and from younger faeries influenced by that seminal event and their own, more recent, experiences and dreams.
Deadline: May 1, 2009

82Freethought 

Fall 2009
Freethought
We honor the lives of those who follow a humanist, agnostic or atheist path in life. What is the place of reason in life and how does one construct a life without the need for certainty about or belief in a God.

Deadline for Fall 2009:
August 1, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

83Fathers  Winter 2009:
Fathers
We invite an exploration of our relationship with fathers. How are we fathered? How do we father? Conflict and resonance? The man who set a role we rebelled from or grew to resemble? Tell us your story of Father.

Deadline for Winter 2009:
November 1, 2009