Thompson, Mark Working Files, Book Drafts, and Oral History

Span Dates: 1987-2008
Bulk Dates: 1994 interview
Volume: 3.5 linear ft.


This collection consists of working files from Mark Thompson’s book “Gay Soul,” drafts and publicity of his second book "Gay Spirit," and an oral history from 1994.

Hist/Bio Note

Mark Thompson was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, California, in the 1950s. In 1973, Thompson helped found the Gay Students Coalition at San Francisco State University, where he was a journalism student and has worked for gay causes since that time. Thompson is best known for his influential trilogy of books dealing with gay spirituality. The first in the series, Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning (St. Martin's Press) was published in 1987. Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature (Harper San Francisco) followed in 1994. The trilogy was completed in 1997 with the publication of Gay Body: A Journey Through Shadow to Self (St. Martin's Press), an autobiographical memoir combining elements of Jungian archetypes, gay history and mythology, and New Age spirituality.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available online.


The collection is located at the Graduate Theological Union Special Collections and Archives.


Gay Spirituality | Boyd, Malcolm | Author/editor | Gay Liberation Movement | California | Los Angeles | San Francisco | Thompson, Mark