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Diary of a Gay Priest by Malcolm Johnson
on 7 September 2013
Anyone who has been following the remarkable transformation of gay life in the UK over the past twenty years must have noticed how much more favourably disposed the public and many institutions are towards LGBT people and their lifestyles. But in the 1960s and before, things were entirely different, and to be gay or lesbian in religious circles, particularly in the Church of England, was an unmentionable subject. Even today there are huge prejudices and reluctance to accept the concept of gay marriage, for instance. Malcolm Johnson was often a lone voice in the wilderness, loyally sticking up for the rights of gays and lesbians in the church, thoughout those bleak times. This book is his record of some of the down times as well as the occasional victory in the fight for recognition. It's by turns tragic, moving, and funny, but always a rivoting account which makes Dr Johnson one of the unsung heroes of the gay and lesbian community within the Church of England. I read this book in just a few hours and was enthralled and indeed enlightened about how one person can cope living against such odds. A brave man indeed, this is Dr Johnson's story of how it was back then and how much better things have become. .