Biography in Decades: 2000 - 2012

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Malcolm Boyd with Mark Thompson following the blessing of their union by Bishop J. Jon Bruno of Los Angeles in the Cathedral Center of St. Paul on May 16, 2004.  This occurred on the twentieth anniversary of their life partnership.

Malcolm Boyd received the 2005 Unitas Award from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  The citation read: “Poet, priest, pioneer; for his activism in the Civil Rights movement; for his lasting influence as a role model and mentor for gay clergy; and for his best-selling spiritual classic,”Are You Running with Me, Jesus?”

The 40th anniversary edition of “Are You Running with Me, Jesus?” was published—containing new prayers about the environment, the practice of torture, human relationships, and such contemporary prophets as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm was given the 2005 Unitas Award by Union Theological Seminary in New York.       On May l6, 2004, Bishop Bruno of Los Angeles blessed the union of Malcolm and Mark Thompson in a ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral, on the 20th anniversary of their life partnership. Mark, former cultural editor of the Advocate newsmagazine, is a therapist, photographer, activist, editor of “Long Road to Freedom: the Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian Movement,” and author of a famed trilogy: “Gay Spirit,” “Gay Soul” and “Gay Body.”

In 2003, Malcolm co-edited with Bishop Chester Talton “Race and Prayer: Collected Voices, Many Dreams.” In the same year Malcolm was honored as a “Tribal Elder” in an intergenerational conference “Standing on the Bones of Our Ancestors: Exploring the Role of the Gay and Lesbian Tribal Elder” presented by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Gay Men’s Medicine Circle. The cultural-literary quarterly publication White Crane Journal interviewed Malcolm and Mark Thompson, called them “Gay Eminences” and wrote: “There are couples one thinks of as ‘power couples’ in our history as gay people. Not ‘power’ in the political sense, but in the sense of depth of intellect, influence, and the production of works of lasting value…The names Malcolm Boyd and Mark Thompson would have to join them.” Malcolm’s archive is located at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, 77l Commonwealth Ave., Boston MA 02215 (archives@BU.Edu).