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Boyd, Malcolm (b. 1923)  
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Boyd returned to an active ministry in 1982 when he joined the staff of the St. Augustine-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Monica, California. When the AIDS epidemic struck, he helped with the AIDS ministry of the Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles. He has been a member of the Los Angeles City/County AIDS Task Force since 1985.

In 1996, Boyd received an invitation to be poet/writer-in-residence at the Cathedral Center of Los Angeles.

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An avid gardener and opera fan, he shares a home in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles with his partner, writer and religious activist Mark Thompson. The two men have been together since 1984.

On May 16, 2004 Reverend J. Jon Bruno, the Episcopal bishop of Los Angeles, blessed the union of Boyd and Thompson to heavy criticism from conservatives. The men were the first to receive such a blessing since the Episcopal lawmaking body approved the practice earlier that year.

Boyd has been a leader in challenging anti-gay positions within Christian churches. The Episcopal Church does not sanction gay marriage and, for years, it held that that homosexuality was incompatible with Christianity. The changing stance of Episcopalians can be attributed in part to Boyd's influence.

Caryn E. Neumann

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Boyd, Malcolm. Am I Running with You, God? New York: Doubleday, 1978.

_____. Are You Running with Me, Jesus? New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1965.

_____. As I Live and Breathe: Stages of an Autobiography. New York: Random House, 1970.

_____. Christ and Celebrity Gods. New York: Seabury, 1958.

_____. Christian: Its Meanings in an Age of Future Shock. New York: Hawthorn, 1975.

_____. Crisis in Communication. New York: Doubleday, 1957.

_____. Focus: Rethinking the Meaning of Our Evangelism. Wilton, Conn.: Morehouse, 1960.

_____. Gay Priest: An Inner Journey. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1986.

_____. If I Go Down To Hell. Wilton, Conn.: Morehouse, 1962.

_____. Look Back in Joy: Celebration of Gay Lovers. San Francisco: Gay Sunshine, 1981.

_____, ed. On the Battle Lines. Wilton, Conn.: Morehouse, 1964.

_____. Take Off the Masks. New York: Doubleday, 1978; 3rd ed. New York: HarperCollins, 1993.

Shattuck, Gardiner H., Jr. Episcopalians and Race: Civil War to Civil Rights. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2000.

Thompson, Mark. Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature with Sixteen Writers, Healers, and Teachers. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987.

Whitfield, Eileen. Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1997.


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    Entry Title: Boyd, Malcolm  
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