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Overcoming Bible Abuse about Homosexuality
a Bible Study for God’s Rainbow People
revised to include verses directed toward the Transgender Experience
by Jim Manchester
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For Additional Study…

Rev. Brendan Y. Boone and I have compiled a list of some of the materials that have helped us in our study. Perhaps some of them can help you as well.

Bailey, Derrick S. Homosexuality and the Western Christian Tradition. London: Longmans, Greens, 1955. Reprinted: Hampden, CN: Archon Books, 1975.

Bartlett, Rev. David L., “A Biblical Perspective on Homosexuality.” Foundations: A Baptist Journal of History and Theology. April-June, 1977 (Vol. XX, No. 2).

Bawer, Bruce. Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrayed Christianity. New York: Crown, 1997.

Boswell, John. Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980.

Boyd, Malcolm. Taking Off the Masks. Philadelphia: Society Publishers, 1984.

Boyd, Malcolm, and Wilson, Nancy, eds. Amazing Grace. Freedom, California: The Crossing Press, 1991.

__________. Gay Priest. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1986.

Bradshaw, John. Healing the Shame that Binds You. Deerfield Beach, Florida: Health Communications, Inc. 1988.

Clark, Don. Loving Someone Gay. Millbrae, California: Celestial Arts, 1987.

Cloud, Henry and Townsend, John. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No to Take Control of Your Life. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1992. And the accompanying workbook.

Comstock, Gary David. Gay Theology without Apology. Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 1993.

Cook, Ann Thompson. And God Loves Each One: a Resource for Dialogue about the Church and Homosexuality. Washington: Task Force on Reconciliation, Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 1990.

Countryman, L. William. Dirt, Greed and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and Their Implications for Today. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1988.

Day, David. Things They Never Told You in Sunday School: a Primer for the Christian Homosexual. Austin, Texas: Liberty Press, 1987.

Edwards, George R. Gay/Lesbian Liberation: a Biblical Perspective. New York: The Pilgrim Press, 1984.

England, Michael E. The Bible and Homosexuality. 5th Edition. Gaithersburg, Maryland: Chi Rho Press, 1998.

Fairchild, Betty and Hayward, Nancy. Now that You Know: What Every Parent Should Know about Homosexuality. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1979.

Fox, Matthew. Original Blessing. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Bear Books, 1983.

Fortunato, John E. Embracing the Exile: Healing Journeys of Gay Christians. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1982.

Furnish, Victor Paul. The Moral Teachings of Paul: Selected Issues. 2nd Edition. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1985.

Glaser, Chris. Come Home! Reclaiming Spirituality and Community as Gay Men and Lesbians. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1990.

__________. The Word is Out: The Bible Reclaimed for Lesbians and Gay Men. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1994.

Goss, Robert. Jesus Acted Up: A Gay and Lesbian Manifesto. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1993.

Greenberg, David. The Construction of Homosexuality. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Hasbany, Richard, ed. Homosexuality and Religion. Binghampton, New York: Harrington Park Press, 1989.

Helminiak, Daniel A. What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality. San Francisco: Alamo Square Press, 1994.

Hertzer, Linda Ann. The Bible and the Transgender Experience: How Scripture Supports Gender Variance. Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 2016.

Heyward, Carter I. The Redemption of God: a Theology of Mutual Relation. New York: University Press of America, 1982.

__________. Touching Our Strength: the Erotic as Power and the Love of God. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1989.

Horner, Tom. Jonathan Loved David: Homosexuality in Biblical Times. Philadelphia: The Westminister Press, 1978.

Isler, Sean. Bible Abuse Directed at Homosexuals. Raleigh, NC: St. John's Metropolitan Community Church Website,, 2009-2017.

Jung, Patricia Beattie and Ralph F. Smith, eds. Heterosexism: an Ethical Challenge. New York: State University of New York Press, 1993.

Katz, Jonathan Ned. The Invention of Heterosexuality. New York: Penguin Books, 1996.

Lance, H. Darrell. “The Bible and Homosexuality.” American Baptist Quarterly 8 (1985), pp. 140-151.

Mollenkott, Virginia Ramsey. Sensuous Spirituality: Out from Fundamentalism. New York: Crossroads Press, 1992.

McGrath, Alister. In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language and a Culture. New York: First Anchor Books, 2002

McNeill, John J. The Church and the Homosexual. Kansas City, Kansas: Sheed and Ward, 1976.

__________. Taking A Chance on God. Boston: Beacon Press, 1988.

__________. Freedom, Glorious Freedom: The Spiritual Journey to the Fullness of Life for Gays, Lesbians, and Everybody Else. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995.

Nelson, James B. Between Two Gardens: Reflections on Spirituality and Religious Experience. New York: The Pilgrim Press, 1983.

__________. Embodiment: An Approach to Sexuality and Christian Theology. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1978. First paperback edition, 1979.

Nugent, Robert and Gramick, Jeannine. Building Bridges: Gay and Lesbian Reality and the Catholic Church. Mystic, Connecticut: Twenty-Third Publications, 1992.

O’Neill, Craig and Kathleen Ritter. Coming Out Within: Stages of Spiritual Awaking for Lesbians and Gay Men. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1992.

Pennington, Sylvia. But Lord, They’re Gay. Hawthorne, California: Lambda Christian Fellowship, 1982.

__________. Good News for Modern Gays: a Pro-Gay Biblical Approach. Hawthorne, California: Lambda Christian Fellowship, 1985.

__________. Ex-Gays: There Are None. Hawthorne, California: Lambda Christian Fellowship, 1989.

Perry, Troy D. The Lord is My Shepherd and He Knows I’m Gay. Los Angeles: Universal Fellowship Press, 1994. First paperback edition, 1972.

Perry, Troy D., and Swicegood, Thomas. Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage. New York: St. Martins Press, 1991.

__________. Don’t Be Afraid Anymore. New York: St. Martins Press, 1990.

Piazza, Michael S. Holy Homosexuals: the Truth about Being Holy Gay or Lesbian Homosexuals and Christian. Dallas: Sources of Hope Publishing House, 1994.

Pharr, Suzanne. Homophobia: a Weapon of Sexism. Inverness, California: Chardon Press, 1988.

Potter-Efron, Ronald T. and Patricia S. Letting Go of Shame. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1990.

__________. Letting Go of Shame: Understanding How Shame Affects Your Life. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1989.

Scanzoni, Letha and Mollenkott, Virginia Ramsey. Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? Another Chrisitan View. New York: Harper and Row, 1978.

Scroggs, Robin. The New Testament and Homosexuality: Contextual Background for Contemporary Debate. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1983.

Soards, Marion L. Scripture and Homosexuality: Biblical Authority and the Church Today. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1995.

Spahr, Jane A., Poethig, Kathryn, Berry, Berry, Selisse and Melinda McLain. Called Out: the Voices and Gifts of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered [sic] Presbyterians. Gaithersburg, Maryland: Chi Rho Press, 1995.

Spong, James Shelby. Living in Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Sexuality. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1990.

__________. Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1991.

Stemmler, Michael L. and Clark, J. Michael, eds. Homophobia and the Judeo Christian Tradition. Dallas: Monument Press, 1990.

Uhrig, Larry J. Sex Positive: a Gay Contribution to Sexual and Spiritual Union. Boston: Alyson Publications, 1986.

White, Mel. Stranger at the Gate. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994.

Williams, Robert. Just As I Am: A Practical Guide to Being Proud and Gay. New York: Harper Perennial, 1993.

Wilson, Nancy. Our Tribe: Queer Folks, God, Jesus and the Bible. San Francisco: Harper Collins Publishers, 1995.

__________. I Love to Tell the Story: 100+ Stories of Justice, Inclusion, and Hope. Parker, Colorado: Books to Believe In, 2016.