Utah Radical Faerie'smoderated - created 03/18/06
The collective dream is one of accepting the good nature and support of those who visit, in exchange for giving warmly, and of themselves, to their guests who arrive for "sanctuary" and many other diverse purposes. This is more than a unique house in the 9th and 9th area of SLC, and place to visit. This is the spiritual home for some who will never permanently live here. It is a temporary home for everyone who visits, even overnight.
We're decentralized, and nobody's in charge -- so every faerie who you ask will give a slightly different definition of "Radical Faerie." Generally, we tend to be Gay men who look for a spiritual dimension to our sexuality; many of us are healers of one kind or another. Our shared values include respect for the Earth, and individual responsiblity rather than hierarchy. Many of us are Pagan (nature-based religion). We're not official -- nobody is Nobody speaks for Radical Faeries as a whole; certainly not us! We're keeping our process as open as possible, so this site can reflect the community as a whole. But our main goal is to provide a neutral clearing-house, which can point to (or host) faerie sites with a variety of perspectives.
Who are the radical faeries?
Um, "ask three faeries, get five answers?" ... ?
Okay. To attempt a short description, from one faerie's perspective, the radical faeries are a queer tribal nation sharing affinity in the spiritual underpinnings of non-mainstream sexuality and heart-centered relationship. We are historically and primarily gay men (many of us proudly seize the name "faggot"). And many who do not fit, or choose not to accept, these stereotypes also identify as radical faeries.
We are bards, wizards, shamen, and healers. We have always been, and will always be. Humanity requires our existence, no matter how dysfunctionally it may treat us.
And we are self-defining. We each choose to be who we are, and there is no authority but our hearts. We gather together, get naked and beautiful ... in oh-so-many different ways ... drop the world, and open to each other. Unless we don't feel like it. In which case we do something else.
Historically, the radical faerie movement traces its name to a 1979 "Spiritual Conference for Radical Faeries" in Arizona, called by Harry Hay, John Burnside, Don Kilhefner and Mitch Walker. This gathering concentrated and named a movement rising since the late 1960's. Since then, the movement has spread internationally, evolving many flavors, spaces, clans, ways, and communities along the way.