"Cultural editor of the Advocate, Thompson here collects previously published articles and book excerpts from the magazine, each an attempt to define the status of gay men. In an introduction he distinguishes between homosexual (a form of sexuality) and gay: 'A social identity and consciousness actively chosen.' The text discusses the gay's role in politics, religion, culture, identity. Among the contributors are Judy Grahn, author of lesbian/feminist works; Malcolm Boyd, activist Episcopal priest; Harry Hay, a founder of the Mattachine Society; and writer William S. Burroughs."
– From Publishers Weekly
"Gay Spirit is so terrific at making the reader feel there might be something more wondrous, more miraculous to life... The book's exciting challenge to conventional thinking is that it's not merely time for society to tolerate but time to cherish its intermediate sexual types."
– From Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Gay Spirit is daring, which only proves its timeliness... It signals the opening of a new area of gay publishing, a field of spiritual exploration outside the context of religion or politics."
– The Advocate