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Gay and Catholic

Gay and Catholic

Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith 

Author: Eve Tushnet

Price: $15.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 224

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-542-6

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: October 20, 2014

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Winner of a 2015 Catholic Press Award: Gender Issues Category (First Place). 

In this first book from an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic, widely published writer and blogger Eve Tushnet recounts her spiritual and intellectual journey from liberal atheism to faithful Catholicism and shows how gay Catholics can love and be loved while adhering to Church teaching.  

Eve Tushnet was among the unlikeliest of converts. The only child of two atheist academics, Tushnet was a typical Yale undergraduate until the day she went out to poke fun at a gathering of philosophical debaters, who happened also to be Catholic. Instead of enjoying mocking what she termed the “zoo animals,” she found herself engaged in intellectual conversation with them and, in a move that surprised even her, she soon converted to Catholicism. Already self-identifying as a lesbian, Tushnet searched for a third way in the seeming two-option system available to gay Catholics: reject Church teaching on homosexuality or reject the truth of your sexuality. Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith is the fruit of Tushnet’s searching: what she learned in studying Christian history and theology and her articulation of how gay Catholics can pour their love and need for connection into friendships, community, service, and artistic creation.

Features & Benefits

  • Gay and Catholic is the first book written from the perspective of an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic.
  • Tushnet has been published in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Atlantic. She is a columnist for the Weekly Standard, Commonweal, and First Things and blogs at Patheos.
  • Gay and Catholic casts a vision for gay Catholics seeking to live faithfully to Church teaching. 


"A humane, brave, and groundbreaking book."

"By turns hilarious, thoughtful, constructive, and searingly honest, Gay and Catholic is a must-read for anyone who believes the terms are mutually exclusive, for anyone who thinks seriously about Catholicism and the pastoral care of the homosexual person, for anyone who thinks they've already figured it all out. Eve Tushnet has written a humane, brave, and groundbreaking book that demolishes assumptions. If you think you know what she is going to say, you don't. So you need to read this."

Elizabeth Scalia
Author of Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

"Few have thought as deeply or as creatively as has she."

"I recommend Eve Tushnet’s new book, not because I agree with everything in it—I don’t—but because I learned a lot from it. I believe others will learn from it, too. Unlike just about everyone else who writes on issues of sexuality, morality, and marriage, Eve is impossible to classify.  She’s a devout Catholic, but scarcely qualifies as a “conservative.” She self-identifies as “gay,” but most others who identify themselves in that way will not find themselves sympathizing with her ideas and arguments. Still, few have thought as deeply or as creatively as has she about same-sex attraction and its existential significance for persons who experience it. Readers across the spectrum will be informed and challenged by her reflections."

Robert P. George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

"With unassuming but total candor."

"Eve Tushnet puts a human face on Church teaching. With unassuming but total candor, she describes her experience of the challenge and joy of living as an openly lesbian woman who is deeply attached to her Catholic faith. Her account will open a new window on human and Christian experience for many people inside and outside the Church."

Fr. Rev. Louis Cameli
Author of Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality

"A real grace!"

"I know that some people somewhere may consider this a controversial book. But it is hard for me to think of anything so kind, honest, non-doctrinaire, commonsensical, and good-humored as a Catholic I found material for self-reflection on virtually every page. This book was a real grace for me, as it will no doubt be for many others trying to live as disciples of Jesus."

Peter Steinfels
Co-director, Fordham Center on Religion and Culture

"Honest, fresh, and tremendously helpful."

"Honest, fresh, and tremendously helpful, Eve Tushnet's new book offers a roadmap for Catholics experiencing same-sex attraction. Using her own experiences as a gay, celibate, Catholic convert, Eve shows how the celibate vocation offers both a cross and a crown. For a first-hand look at this challenging but grace-filled path, as well as practical tips for helping same-sex attracted friends and family, read this book."

Brandon Vogt
Author of Saints and Social Justice

"Might just be the most important book of our age."

"Eve Tushnet has written a book that's hard to read and that challenges every assumption you might have never known you had. Open your mind and bare your heart with her, because what you have in your hands might just be the most important book of our age. It's raw and honest and critical, with some laughter and tears on top. Truly, a book that's not just a keeper, but a sharer, too."


Sarah Reinihard

"Part memoir, part guidebook, and honest to the core."

"Eve Tushnet's conversion story and subsequent gradual surrender to the faith make for a fascinating read -- full of wry humor, practical advice, humility, and best of all, deliciously pungent word craft. Full of insight, there is plenty to chew on in Gay and Catholic, which is part memoir, part guidebook, and honest to the core."

Simcha Fisher
Author of The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning

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