NEW BLOG ON MEDIUM!

Dear Friends and Followers of the Rainbow Messenger blog! Thank you for your interest and support! May I ask you to also check out my new blog page on Medium.com – I noticed that there was a gap in the conversation there when it came to queer spiritual matters, so I hope to in someContinue reading “NEW BLOG ON MEDIUM!”

The Second SEXUAL REVOLUTION.

I’ve been on the London sex scene for 36 years: long before the Age of the App I used to seek other queers in Cruising Grounds from Hampstead to Clapham Cottages from Wood Green to Balham; Saunas when they were raided to when they were abundant, to when they shrank away again; Porn cinemas whereContinue reading “The Second SEXUAL REVOLUTION.”

A 1906 Book about Gay Sexuality

Edward Westermarck’s 1906 book The Origin and Development of Moral Ideas included a chapter presenting the world with an overview of the occurrence of homosexuality and gender fluidity around the world, showing their frequent association with the spiritual aspects of communal life, and their widespread acceptance in pre-Christian cultures as natural parts of God’s creation.Continue reading “A 1906 Book about Gay Sexuality”

The Third Gender

The division of gender and sexuality into neatly defined and labelled boxes by the new scientific kids on the block, psychology and sociology, from the late 19th century onwards has never sat well with some gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. There have always been queer voices in the west who objected to the limitationsContinue reading “The Third Gender”

Holy Groves and Cruising Grounds

“One of the sacred functions of the tribe of men who love men is that we are Guardians of the Trees. There is something in our nature that is like the nature of the trees themselves, for the pattern of our love creates a ladder of energy, vertical, heaven and earth connecting, just as theContinue reading “Holy Groves and Cruising Grounds”

“The Priests in some Societies, the Pariahs in Others”

The homosexual in America; a subjective approach by Donald Webster Cory (the pen name of Edward Sagarin) published 1957, recorded the development of queer culture during the early to mid twentieth century. To set the scene he offered this historical overview of homosexuality around the world, which shows that some gays in that time ofContinue reading ““The Priests in some Societies, the Pariahs in Others””

50 YEARS OF GAY PRIDE

The first London Gay Pride in 1972, organised by the Gay Liberation Front was a protest “against all forms of oppression and victimisation” (GLF Manifesto) of gay people. The GLF demanded: that all discrimination against gay people, male and female, by the law, by employers, and by society at large, should end. that all peopleContinue reading “50 YEARS OF GAY PRIDE”

Carpenter’s Wisdom: Gays and God

In his 1914 book, INTERMEDIATE TYPES among PRIMITIVE FOLK: A Study in Social Evolution, English gay philosopher-poet EDWARD CARPENTER studied the connection of homosexuality with divination and religion, commenting in that “it certainly is remarkable to find – even from this slight study – how widespread the connection has been among the primitive peoples andContinue reading “Carpenter’s Wisdom: Gays and God”

Gay Liberation is Human Liberation

  “I celebrate myself, and sing myself,And what I assume you shall assume,For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.” Walt Whitman, Song of Myself 50 years on from the first Gay Pride March in London – that of the Gay Liberation Front on 1st July 1972, walking from Trafalgar Square toContinue reading “Gay Liberation is Human Liberation”

A 1976 Faery Ritual

From Fall 1977 edition of White Crane Journal. https://www.whitecraneinstitute.org/wcjarchives/wc01020.htm by Arthur Evans, author of Witchcraft and the Gay Counter-Culture: “The scene was San Francisco’s Sutro Park, near the beach at Land’s End. A new group I had helped create, the Faery Circle, had decided to conduct a night-time ritual here. It was held in honorContinue reading “A 1976 Faery Ritual”

The Queer Spiritual Inheritance

When I write and speak about the commonalities between the spiritual roles often taken by same-sex loving and gender-fluid people in traditional cultures around the world and also in pre-Christian Europe I tend to feel like I am delivering ‘news’, releasing a perspective little known in the world. However it is no new discovery IContinue reading “The Queer Spiritual Inheritance”

THE SPIRITUAL VIEW OF GENDER

“Whether woman or man, one’s real humanity comes to light only when the feminine and masculine qualities within one are balanced.” Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi, Mother of Immortal Bliss) A few decades ago the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ was a commonly heard phrase, one rarely used now – did men and women declare a truce? MaybeContinue reading “THE SPIRITUAL VIEW OF GENDER”

THE TRANS GOD

“…the mother of the gods … commanding him to restrain his infinity, converted him to herself.” Emperor Julian on Attis in the Discourse on the Mother of the Gods C4 The ancient Great ‘Mother of the Gods’, Cybele, was worshipped in Phrygia in the Anatolian region of modern Turkey since way back in pre-history –Continue reading “THE TRANS GOD”

GAYS ARE CHILDREN OF GAIA

GAYS ARE CHILDREN OF THE EARTH WE ONCE SERVED THE GREAT MOTHER AND KNEW OUR TRUE WORTH. ISHTAR, INANNA, ISIS, ARTEMIS, ASTARTE, CYBELE, DIANA, APHRODITE QUEER PRIESTS SERVED THE GODDESS, THE SUPREME DEITY. THE ANGRY MEN FOLLOWING THEIR SUFFERING GOD BROUGHT SWORDS TO OUR GROVES AND TEMPLES: THEY STRUCK DOWN OUR TREES AND BURIED OURContinue reading “GAYS ARE CHILDREN OF GAIA”

Carpenter’s Wisdom: Sex

In his 1902 book Love’s Coming of Age, Edward Carpenter described his vision of how a shift in attitudes towards sex, sexuality and love would push forward human evolution. Carpenter described his belief in a letter to Richard Bucke, author of 1905 book Cosmic Consciousness: “…that there is in man a divine consciousness as wellContinue reading “Carpenter’s Wisdom: Sex”

A Gay Bar in 1810

A description of the White Swan in Vere Street, London by Robert Holloway can be found in ‘The Phoenix of Sodom or the Vere Street Coterie’, published 1813, which relates the story of the conviction of James Cook for permitting his pub to become a queer rendezvous, of the Molly House kind documented since theContinue reading “A Gay Bar in 1810”

AIDS+COVID19: Planetary Lessons

This passage from Two Flutes Playing by Andrew Ramer is central to and reflective of my personal experience and understanding of AIDS. I’d like to suggest, however, that you read COVID-19 wherever it says AIDS below and see the parallel, hear the lessons. AIDS (and COVID-19) is a planetary experiment, an experiment in consciousness. AllContinue reading “AIDS+COVID19: Planetary Lessons”

Queer Spirit Prophecies

O Child of Uranus by Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) In this poem, published in the collection ‘Toward Democracy’, English philosopher and writer Carpenter predicts a glorious future for transgendered people, and speculates on the trans nature of Adam before Eve was created. 0 child of Uranus, wanderer down all times,Darkling, from farthest ages of the EarthContinue reading “Queer Spirit Prophecies”

IT NEVER MEANT ABOMINATION

‘TOEVAH’, the word from the ancient old testament that gets translated as ‘abomination’ and that has been used to condemn (sometimes to death) gay men around the world for centuries, actually refers to the PAGAN PRACTICES of the many tribal peoples that surrounded the Hebrews 3000 years ago. This is explained very clearly on theContinue reading “IT NEVER MEANT ABOMINATION”

Desmond Tutu & Malidoma Some

The world lost two great African men in December, both spiritual leaders but from different traditions – one a Christian, the other an elder teaching traditional African wisdom – and both vocal supporters of LGBTQ people. Homosexual activity remains illegal in more than 30 of Africa’s 54 countries; in a few, it is punishable byContinue reading “Desmond Tutu & Malidoma Some”

Gay Spirituality

Spirituality is about the search for the Self (while religion tends to put the emphasis on relationship with a God figure, spirituality honours the divine within us and all beings). Science gives us tools to explore and examine the outer universe, and spirituality offers tools to discover the riches and mysteries of the inner planes.Continue reading “Gay Spirituality”

Orgy!

“‘The old religion was polytheistic. Its most important deity was a goddess who was worshipped as the great mother. Its second major deity was the horned god, associated with animals and sexuality, including homosexuality. These and other deities were worshipped in the countryside at night with feasting, dancing, animal masquerades, transvestism, sex orgies, and theContinue reading “Orgy!”

Visionary Love

At the close of the 1970s, a decade into the journey of Gay Liberation, some queers were probing deep into the roots of gay nature, seeking to uncover forgotten truths about who we are and the roles we fulfil in the human family. Dissatisfied with the conventional, assimilationist direction of the liberation movement, these queersContinue reading “Visionary Love”

Sodomites in the Temple

There were SODOMITES in the temples so the so-called Holy Bible says – but the sodomites were the real Holy Ones, which is maybe why some straight Christians hate gays. They were known as the Qedesh, the Anointed – People went to see them to make offerings to the Gods, seeking answers through divination orContinue reading “Sodomites in the Temple”

World AIDS Day 2021

Life on planet Earth is changing fast. Humanity and our planet are facing a crisis of apocalyptic proportions. As an AIDS survivor I know what that can feel like at times -as the encroaching dis-ease worsens and we scurry around for anything that might help, we may even find ourselves getting very angry at thisContinue reading “World AIDS Day 2021”

Carpenter’s Wisdom: Oneness

English philosopher, poet and mystic Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) had an enlightening ‘cosmic consciousness’ experience in 1881, aged 37. He wrote a book of poetry to capture the experience and it was published two years later as Towards Democracy, offering his vision of a socialist democratic society enlightened by cosmic consciousness. I conceive a millennium onContinue reading “Carpenter’s Wisdom: Oneness”

Carpenter’s Wisdom: Transgender

English philosopher, poet and mystic Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) was the first gay pioneer to make a deep study of the role of what he termed ‘intermediate types’ in various traditional societies around the world and in ancient European history, as part of reclaiming the noble spirit of the ‘Uranians’: third-gendered people, in which he includedContinue reading “Carpenter’s Wisdom: Transgender”

Carpenter’s Wisdom: Love

English philosopher, poet and mystic Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) had an enlightening ‘cosmic consciousness’ experience in 1881, aged 37. “As a direct result of the oncoming of the Cosmic Sense he practically resigned his social rank and became a laborer; that is to say, he procured a few acres of land not many miles from Dronfield,Continue reading “Carpenter’s Wisdom: Love”

Trans and the Sacred

I met my inner feminine at the age of 30, at the same time as I was becoming sick with AIDS and waking up to the spiritual dimensions underlying life’s exterior dramas. Embracing the feminine aspect of my soul was part of the journey I have taken into mysticism as a way of perceiving theContinue reading “Trans and the Sacred”

GAY CELTS

In the 4th century BCE Greek philosopher Aristotle recorded that the Celtic peoples (“and a few others”) “openly approve of male love”. SIX CENTURIES LATER, around 200 CE, Greek orator and author Athenaeus recorded the same thing in a play called ‘Savants at Dinner’. He places a selection of noble guests at a symposium atContinue reading “GAY CELTS”

Gays and the Weather

Why do some Christians blame natural weather disasters on gay people? This article gives a history of this 1500 year old habit, intended to amuse as much as horrify. I then demonstrate why they are actually correct in their assumption that we affect the weather, but not in their interpretation of how. Yes you justContinue reading “Gays and the Weather”

REACHING FOR OUR GAY ROOTS

excerpts from In The Temple of Father Earth and Mother Sky In ‘Two Flutes Playing’ by Andrew Ramer There was a time when the world was poised between the way things are now, and the way that they were then. The ice was gone. Towns and villages were being established. Men and women owned theirContinue reading “REACHING FOR OUR GAY ROOTS”

An Ancient Reference to Gays as Faerie Spirits

There is an ancient religious text from Persia that directly associates men who love men with the magical underworld of demons and faery spirits – the Vendidad of the Zoroastrian faith. Written around the same time as the 5th book of the Jewish Torah, Deuteronomy, which forbids Israelites from cross-dressing, becoming temple sex-workers, or bringingContinue reading “An Ancient Reference to Gays as Faerie Spirits”