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Gomes, Peter (1942-2011)  
 
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Gomes neither sought nor expected to become known as "the gay preacher" as a result of coming out; nor did he define himself that way. His interests as a minister and theologian were varied, as reflected in his teaching and his writing. In 2002 he wrote The Good Life: Truths That Last in Times of Need, in which he offers readers food for thought as they go on "the search for noble purpose" that will not only make their own lives more fulfilling but also contribute to a better and more just society.

Gomes also published Strength for the Journey: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living (2003), a collection of his sermons on a wide range of topics, including the significance of various days and seasons of the liturgical calendar.

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If Gomes did not intend to be "the gay preacher," neither did he shy away from the opportunity that the role presented to him. He used his eloquent voice to speak to and about glbtq people, always with the message of the need for equality.

In a 2004 op-ed piece in the Boston Globe on the subject of same-sex marriage, Gomes wrote that if Massachusetts denied gay and lesbian couples the right to wed, "nothing will be done to save marriage, and yet in the name of doing so, incalculable, retrogressive, and even punitive damage will be done to those of our fellow citizens who under the civil law crave the legitimization of their loving relationships."

He further noted that "the way to the future is always paved by extending, not restricting, liberties, especially to those who heretofore have been excluded. The health of a republic may well be determined by its capacity to adapt itself to the extension of its own privileges and responsibilities to those whom it would be easy by custom or conviction to ignore."

An Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, England, where the Gomes Lectureship was established in his honor, Gomes received more than 30 honorary degrees. He served as trustee of Bates College and the National Cathedral School, and served as acting director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African-American Research at Harvard.

Gomes died on February 28, 2011 in Boston, the result of complications of a stroke.

Linda Rapp

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    Bibliography
   

Boynton, Robert S. "God and Harvard: A Profile of Rev. Peter Gomes." The New Yorker (November 11, 1996): www.robertboynton.com/articleDisplay.php?article_id=35

Gomes, Peter J. "For Massachusetts, a Chance and a Choice." Boston Globe (February 8, 2004): H11.

______. The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart. New York: Avon Books, 1996.

Jordan, Mary. "A Chaplain Comes Out Swinging." Washington Post (August 15, 1992): F1.

 

    Citation Information
         
    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Gomes, Peter  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2007  
    Date Last Updated March 1, 2011  
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