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Devotions and DesiresHistories of Sexuality and Religion in the Twentieth-Century United States$
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Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather R. White

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636269

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636269.001.0001

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Founding New Sodom

Founding New Sodom

Radical Gay Communalist Spirituality, 1973–1976

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(p.234) Founding New Sodom
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Devotions and Desires
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Daniel Rivers

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636269.003.0013

This essay looks at the worldview of gay male communalists across the United States in the mid-1970s as seen in the rural gay magazine Rural Free Delivery (RFD) in the critical years from 1973 to 1976 as well as in other extant archival sources related to gay communalism. As a clearinghouse for gay men involved in radical, back-to-the-land ventures, RFD provides a complex view of the creation of a largely white, gay male counterculture spirituality that fused the sexual politics of early gay liberationists with ecofeminist, animist, New Age understandings of sexuality, the natural world, and spirit. Gay men who were or who wanted to live in communal spaces nationwide sent letters and stories into RFD, which was published in a variety of gay male communal spaces during these years.

Keywords:   Radical Faeries, Harry Hay, Carl Wittman, Wolf Creek, Communalism, back to the land, gay liberation movement, 1970s, commune, rural history, gay history

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