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"Boy-Wives & Female Husbands: Studies in African Homosexualities" back in print! Click cover below.


Queer Spirit  •  History  •  Culture  •  Politics


Will Roscoe


Articles & Essays

Two Spirits

Harry Hay

Harry Britt


Queering Christianity

Art & Culture

Just Dance!

Bradley Rose

Montana History

Applied Meditation

Who are we?

Where do we come from?

What are we for?

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

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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Islamic Homosexualities


Queer Spirits


Living the Spirit


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 my search for answers. 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Here you'll find information about my publications, along with works-in-progress and tidbits from my unpublished writings and archives.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, politics, and history. And there’s plenty of multimedia content, too, including music, video, and podcasts!


Two of my books are back in print. A new edition of Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies in African Homosexualities is available from SUNY Press in. And Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love is available at Amazon and at Smashwords.

My next project is "Give 'Em Hell, Harry: The Man Who Kept Harvey Milk's Dream Alive," a seven part podcast based on interviews with Harry Britt, the most important queer leader you've never head. Harry had a remarkable career as an activist and elected official. His insights offer much needed correction to the legends that have grown up around Harvey. For a quick preview click here.

I will be updating this site on a regular basis, so come back soon!

In queer spirits,

Will Roscoe, Ph.D.
July 3, 2020

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.



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

A Harry Hay Xmas

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




Radically Gay


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