“The Vision of Between the Worlds is to create a safe and sacred community wherein men who love men can freely share ideas and experiences on the nature of Spirit and their place in the Universe in a loving, respectful, and non-judgmental manner.”
Queer men have, for many years now, sought spiritual alternatives to the mainstream religious paths that have historically excluded them or even condemned them. While New Age, Pagan, and Earth-centered paths and gatherings generally welcome queer spiritual seekers, they are often heterocentric in outlook and seldom address issues specific to their needs.
The Between the Worlds Gathering was designed to provide a safe place for men who love men to explore alternative spiritual practices and paths, to empower themselves, and to plant the seeds of spiritual renewal within the gay community. Between the Worlds (BTW) offers rituals, workshops, drumming, dancing, performances, a marketplace, and sacred safe space for queer men to learn, worship, network, and explore.
BTW is the brainchild of a dedicated group of gay and bi men from a number of different Pagan paths who were looking for an outlet tailored to their specific spiritual needs. First proposed during the 1999 Pagan Spirit Gathering, BTW was founded in 2002 and meets annually around the Autumnal Equinox.
Our Matron & Patron Deities:
We honor many diverse paths, traditions, and deities at BTW; however, two divinities hold a special place because of their association with boundary-breaking and self-empowerment: Hekate, the Triple Goddess of the Crossroads, and Dionysos, the God of Wine and Ecstasy. These deities, and many others, are honored with annual rituals at BTW.
The setting for the festival is a private campground in southwestern Ohio. At this location, attendees can shut out the distractions of the mundane world and build a dream they can carry home in their hearts to warm them throughout the year.
Between the Worlds welcomes the full spectrum of queer males, age 21 and older, who have an interest in alternative spiritual paths All sincere spiritual seekers are welcome, regardless of the path they walk.