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Baby, You are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars, and Theology by Marie Cartier

By Marie Cartier

Baby, you're My Religion argues that American butch-femme bar tradition of the mid-20th Century will be interpreted as a sacred house for its neighborhood. sooner than Stonewall―when homosexuals have been nonetheless deemed mentally ill―these bars have been the one position the place many can have any neighborhood in any respect. Baby, you're My Religion explores this group as a website of a lived corporeal theology and political house. It finds that spiritual associations comparable to the Metropolitan neighborhood Church have been based in such bars, that conventional and non-traditional non secular actions happened there, and that non secular ceremonies similar to marriage have been frequently carried out in the bars by means of employees. Baby, you're My Religion examines how those bars turned not just ecclesiastical websites but in addition supplied the fertile floor for the beginning of the fight for homosexual and lesbian civil rights sooner than Stonewall.

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74. Stephen Benko & John J. O’Rourke, The Catacombs and the Colosseum: The Roman Empire as the Setting of Primitive Christianity (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1971). 17 baby, you are my religion transformed into hatred so strong that Falcon says without exaggeration, “They were trying to eradicate us. ”75 RESEARCH AND SIGNS Of THE TIMES … PRE-STONEWALL Prior to 1973 homosexuals were considered mentally ill by the psychiatric establishment and sinners by all religions in the US. 77 New voices would speak but not until late into the 1960s.

83 While every major denomination has a governing board that sets creed regarding sin and homosexuality, the millennium religious discussion can be examined through the California gay marriage debates that happened in spring 2008. Homosexuals were cast as sinners by the religious right, and the left tried to side-step religious definitions by attempting to center the discussion on civil marriage and cast religious marriage as a different argument—which it is. In a November 2008 episode of the talk show Dr Phil, the host showcased gay marriage by bringing on six experts—pro and con.

In the 1940s a woman could join the military, or work in a factory or other employment and bring home a pay check. Public bars and dinner houses sprang up in urban areas to serve this new economically independent and youthful population. Before the war’s end gay women served in the different branches of the military. Military medical employee Chris Schumacher, naval officer and head of a recreational facility for 1,000 women, remembers that “the gay ones” made the better military personnel; they were tougher.

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