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At the Lavender Lunch Richard discussed beefcake magazines (softcore gay male pornography) from the 1950s and 1960s that served as a site for erotic exploration and development of a nascent gay community. Of particular focus of this talk was the creation of queer spirituality based on popular Greco-Roman themes in the magazines, as well as the contributions to a theology of embodiment by queer clergy like Reverend Robert Wood, who published short essays in the beefcake magazine Grecian Guild Pictorial.
Richard Lindsay received his PhD in Art and Religion from Graduate Theological Union in 2012 and his MDiv from Yale University 2004. He has taught several courses at GTU, including Pop Goes Religion: Religion and Popular Culture; Comic Books, Science Fiction, and Fantasy; Religion and Cinema; and Jesus in Film. His book Hollywood Biblical Epics: Camp Spectacle and Queer Style from the Silent Era to the Modern Day was published by Praeger in 2015.
- Richard Lindsay, Hollywood Biblical Epics: Camp Spectacle and Queer Style from the Silent Era to the Modern Day (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2015): 132-137; 146-148; 150-151. Used with permission of the author. Click HERE for this reading.