1923-05-21

REVEREND ROBERT WOOD, author of historic book Christ and the Homosexual (1960) was born. Wood’s book is considered one of the first positive treatments of homosexuality and Christianity. 

Wood, himself a Gay man, was ministering at the time in New York City and was well acquainted with the ostracism experienced by the Gay subculture at the hands of what he saw as “a society which in most cases has not taken the time to study the facts and to know the individuals involved.”

“Christ and the Homosexual” was the first book published merging these two subjects, and groundbreaking in its poignant critique of the Church, and in its description, support, and affirmation of the Gay community.

All 3,000 hardbound copies sold at a cost of $3.95 each. Copies of the book are extremely scarce today as no further editions were printed.