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Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights

Heather Rachelle White


With a focus on mainline Protestants and gay rights activists in the twentieth century, this book challenges the usual picture of perennial adversaries with a new narrative about America's religious and sexual past. The book argues that today's antigay Christian traditions originated in the 1920s when a group of liberal Protestants began to incorporate psychiatry and psychotherapy into Christian teaching. A new therapeutic orthodoxy, influenced by modern medicine, celebrated heterosexuality as God-given and advocated a compassionate “cure” for homosexuality. The book traces the unanticipated c ... More

Keywords: Protestants, gay rights activists, antigay Christian traditions, therapeutic orthodoxy, heterosexuality, cure, homosexuality, therapeutic model, anti-homosexual discrimination, clergy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469624112
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Rachelle White, author