Gay Spirit Visions

In 1989, a small group of Faeries decised to refocus the energy of their gatherings into more structured spiritual conferences. THe new organization, Gay Spirit Visions, founded a new retreat at “The Mountain,” a Unitarian Universalist retreat center just outsde of Highlands, N.C., and has been holding conferences since 1990.

“I think many of the guys that attended the first GSV [conference] were like me. They wanted a community, they wanted to go somewhere, but they didn’t want to sleep on the ground, eat Faerie gruel, shit in the woods, so to speak. And we wanted more of a conversation.”
Franklin Abbott, December 14, 2015

“It was the love of the group, and the supportiveness of the group to every single person there, to just be whoever they were. And the fact that you’re in this huge crowd of gay men which you never really are. So it was a very affirming experience. It really reached into your core, so when I came back, I cried for three days. I was crying because the conference was over.” 
Jim Jones, August 1, 2017

To be up there with a large group of gay men – guess there was 100, 150, and walking around with this whole group of gay men, and it wasn’t in a bar, and it wasn’t at Pride, and everybody was nice to each other, and sweet and hugging, and non-judgemental, unlike regular gay culture. That was overwhelming. I think I spent a large part of my first weekend just walking around and crying and hugging staff members, and saying thank you to them.

Listening to James Broughton in the Lodge: the poetry was amazing; the drum circle was amazing.”
David Cable, April 8, 2018

Brochure — Celebrating Gay Spirit Visions Conference, “Faces of Our Tribe
Polaroid of James Broughton and Joel Singer, Gay Spirit Visions conference, Fall 1991
Program — Gay Spirit Visions conference
Photograph — James Broughton
Excerpt from a booklet by Franklin Abbott for the Gay Radical Faeries retreats
Conference brochure — “Grateful for Being One GSV XII”
Conference Brochure — Gay Spirit Visions workshop, “Abound As You Are…You Are Self!
Celebrating Gay Spirit Visions