Mel Mystery is host of the Discovering the Male Mysteries Podcast for Queer Pagan men, Publisher of the Mysterious Ways Cyberzine for Queer Pagan Men, and event planner for the Brotherhood by the Bog Pagan Men’s Retreat and the Arcadia Queer Pagan Men’s Retreat. Mel is author of the book “The Gay Guy’s Guide to Werewolves and Other Man Beasts” which he hopes to turn into a trilogy. He is also working on a couple other books for future publication. Mel sometimes presents classes and workshops. These have included topics such as Druidry, Men’s Rites of Passage, and Werewolves. Mel has followed a Druid path since 2001.
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Mel spent his college years in the early 1990s as an activist in his college’s gay and lesbian student union. He was instrumental in making many positive changes on his campus for the LGBT cause. At one point his life was even threatened, and his car was vandalized. At this time, he also served on the board of his local LGBT pride organization which organized summer and winter pride festivals. After graduating, Mel briefly canvassed for the Human Rights Campaign and also volunteered for a short time at his city’s AIDS organization. Mel wrote a handful of freelance articles for his area’s LGBT paper in the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, he wrote a few freelance articles for his local Pagan paper.
Mel had always felt drawn to the Pagan and New Age sections at the bookstores and became more serious in his interest around 1999. In 2001, Mel became involved in a nearby Pagan men’s group and a fraternal / revivalist Druid organization (both original groups have since dispersed). As part of these groups, Mel, along with his compatriots, was involved in planning and orchestrating rites of passage, initiations, seasonal rituals, workshops, and annual spring men’s retreats at a nearby campground.