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Through most of my life, I've been seeking answers to the three questions posed by Harry Hay at the dawn of lgbt liberation six decades ago.

Who are we?
Where did we come from?
What are we for?


Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love

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I believe these questions are central for understanding what being queer means in the times we live in.

In the books and articles I've written over the years, I've shared the insights I’ve gained on this path. I hope to use this website as well to offer samples of my work, past and present, and some of the interesting materials I've collected along the way.

Here you'll find information about my publications, along with works-in-progress and tidbits from unpublished writings and my archives. There's background on the Native American two-spirit tradition, the primary subject of my research, and its parallels around the world, along with samplings of queer mythology, culture, and history. You’ll find multimedia content, too, including music, video, and podcasts.

Among the material I’ve upload recently is an illustrated lecture on a little-known Apache warrior-woman along with my first historical research project (undertaken when I was a high school student) into the unsolved murder of Wobbly organizerFrank Little.I've also created a page devoted to Vortex, an early ’zine that Bradley Rose and I published between 1980 and 1982. Finally, if you've read Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love (and even if you haven’t!), you'll want to check out the link to my article on the recently discovered”Jesus bowl,“which provides compelling, new evidence for my reconstruction of queer mystical traditions in early Christianity.

But wait! There’s more! I’ve just finished creating a page with links to my dance musicmixes.
You can also view a video clip ofHarry Haydescribing the pagan origins of Christmas traditions and the completeslide-lectureby Bradley Rose on the life and times of the eighteenth-century gay classicist Johann Wincklemann.

Coming soon are pages relating my work with DanceSafe and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence promoting harm reduction in the San Francisco club and circuit party scene, which will include writings under my pseudonym, Tonne Serah. I’ll also be posting audio clips from oral history interviews I did withHarry Britt,Harvey Milk's successor to the San Francisco Board of supervisors. Harry has had a remarkable career as a activist and elected official. His insights challenge many myths that have grown up around Harvey and offer much needed correction to the Milk film.

I will be updating this site on a regular basis, so visit me often! You can leave comments in my guest book or e-mail me.

FLASH! FLASH! Check out this interview with Will on KUER Radio, Salt Lake City, and learn about "She Was My Brother," a new play inspired by The Zuni Man-Woman.

In queer spirits,

Will Roscoe, Ph.D.
May 31, 2011

Feel free to link my site to yours and tell me about any sites I can link to—but please don't "mirror" or reproduce my pages on your site without permission.



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  A Harry Hay XmasWinckelmann

VIDEO...Gay movement founder Harry Hay
on the pre-Christian origins of Christmas customs

VIDEO...The life and times of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, 18th century gay art historian, by Bradley Rose