Reclaiming the Spirit: The Journeys of Gay Men and Lesbian Women Toward Integration
The goal of this study is to understand and describe the way gay men and lesbian women see and interpret their spiritual journeys. Its intent is to open up the variety of experiences that gay men and lesbians encounter and is, therefore, not based on a single religious tradition or path, such as through crisis or AIDS. The findings include4 a model which interweaves the coming out process and the spiritual journey for this group of gay men and lesbian women, highlighting the period of questioning, reclaiming, and reintegration that happens for many as they resolve their sense of themselves as sexual and spiritual. Also addressed is the choice of mainstream and non-mainstream spiritual identification.
David B. Shallenberger. "Reclaiming the Spirit: The Journeys of Gay Men and Lesbian Women Toward Integration" Qualitative Sociology 19.2 (1996): 195-215.