Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

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Elizabeth Clare Prophet was my first diva. She tough that unrepentant homosexuals would received the final annihilation of their souls.

Coming out to your cult is not as easy as it sounds. There are consequences: the revelation that one of your incarnations was an evil homosexual priest who caused the sinking of Atlantis, the edict that after death you'll be last in line behind billions of other souls seeking embodiment. The last guy who outed himself in my former cult was told that he was responsible for bringing homosexuality to this galaxy.

We all have people from our past whom we've never told we're gay because, well, what's the point? What was I going to do? Call cult headquarters and tell them I had a boyfriend? Taking a more subtle route, ! did it on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, where I read a four-minute commentary about how I once tried to rescue this dying planet from sinister intergalactic races.

Coming out to my former guru was not easy. Once upon a time I gave Elizabeth Clare Prophet enormous power, venerated her like the naive 19-year-old seeker I was. I thought her resplendent in her emerald-and-cobalt silk saris woven with gold thread, so severe in fitted Ann Taylor suits, vanilla and powder blue. Glints from the jewels she wore on all ten fingers would strike me as she held forth at her altar, which looked like the set for some occult opera. She channeled such cosmic notables as Jesus, Buddha, Hercules, Saint Germain, and K-17, head of the Cosmic Secret Service.

Prophet claimed to be the reincarnation of Helen of Troy, Marie Antoinette, Saint Clare, Empress Mumtaz Mahal, Queen Guinevere, Queen Clotilda, the queen of Sheba, and Queen Nefertiti. We called her Mother. She was, in case you haven't figured it out by now, my first diva. She taught that unrepentant homosexuals would receive the Second Death, the final annihilation of their souls. She told us that command-ship flying saucers zapped humans with death rays, disease rays, disintegrating rays, stupefying rays, and rays of insanity and suicide. Did I mention the Soviet Squad of Tibetan Killer Monks? After six years of this nonsense, I left the Church Universal and Triumphant when I was 26 years old, 15 years ago. …

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