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 could be interpreted as a sacred area for its group. sooner than Stonewall—when homosexuals have been nonetheless deemed mentally ill—these bars have been the one position the place many may have any neighborhood in any respect. Baby, you're My Religion explores this group as a website of a lived corporeal theology and political area. It unearths that spiritual associations equivalent to the Metropolitan group Church have been based in such bars, that conventional and non-traditional spiritual actions came about there, and that spiritual ceremonies akin to marriage have been usually 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 start of the fight for homosexual and lesbian civil rights earlier than Stonewall.

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Like the psychiatric designation of mental illness, the designation of sinner was considered a priori. Homosexuals, by virtue of living in a culture that embraced this metanarrative, did not get to choose to not be sinners or mentally ill—they were already so designated. 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.

Interview, June Loewy. 40. Quote attributed to Franklin P. Jones. com/topic/franklin-p-jones. 42 For the lemon sellers in her native Argentina, who wear skirts in order to squat to urinate, are absolutely essential to her theology. To urinate is a human and humble act and liberation theology must take it into account. 43 Theology must also take into account gay bar culture—the pre-Stonewall people with no public space provided for them, other than the bar. The 1940s necessitated the creation of two gay communities, one in the war years of the early 40s, and one in the later 40s at the war’s end.

The other two categories involved qualifications—not all those who talk, but those who talk too much; not all those who drink, but those who drink too much. But even one homosexual encounter qualified someone as a security risk, making it perhaps the easiest such offense to prove. It was the only one of the three to be illegal, thereby automatically enlisting every police force in the nation in its enforcement … the only one that warranted a full scale congressional investigation, the one requiring specialized security officers, the only category about which government departments kept specific records.

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