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Donald Mader

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Rev. Donald H. Mader (1948-2022) was a photographer, publisher and boylove activist, currently working as an assistant pastor. He was born in the United States and majored in history with minors in religion and art at Michigan State University. In 1971, he began attending Union Theological Seminary in New York City. In 1984, at San Francisco, he met Joseph Geraci and together decided to move to the Netherlands. Since 1986 Mader lives in the Netherlands as an expatriate.


Mader has been involved in boylove related activism since the late 1970s. He participated in the first two conferences of NAMBLA and spoke out against threats to freedom of expression in evolving child pornography laws at the Arbeitsgemeinshaft Humane Sexualitataet (1993), the Arnhem Art Academy (1994), and the "Child Protectors And Their Clients" and "Treatment Of Sex Offenders (Legal Section)" intentional conferences (1995). Over the years, he has regularly contributed many scholarly articles in several boylove magazines like Pan: A Magazine about Boy-Love, NAMBLA Bulletin, Gayme and O.K.

Scholarly work

Mader is the author of many scholarly articles in literature, art, photography and religion. His "The Entimos Pais of Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10" (1987) is one of the most original works of pederasty in the Bible. He also served at the editorial board of Paidika: The Journal of Paedophilia (1987-1995) and since 1990 he is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Homosexuality.


In 1978, Mader edited a reprint of the American Uranian Poetry anthology Men and Boys (1924). He later founded his own publishing house in Amsterdam called Entimos Press. With Entimos Press Mader published books on photography, art and poetry including an influential translation of Abu Nuwas boylove poetry (by Hakim Bey).


Apart from his scholarly articles, Mader is best known as a cotroversial photographer of naked boys. His photographic work was part of many exhibitions and has been published extensively. His photos of boys were subject to prosecutions many times, the first in 1987-1992, then in 1994 and again in 1995. He was acquitted by the Dutch courts in all these cases. In June 1998 at an exhibition of his work at the Museum of History in Stockholm, a group of neo-Nazis raided the exhibition and destroyed his photographs.

Pastoral work

Rev. Mader has spent two two years as student assistant at a black parish in Queens, New York and for 13 years he was the pastor of a small parish in Brooklyn, New York. After his relocation in the Netherlands, he has been involved in Pauluskerk (St. Paul's Church), Rotterdam, first as a volunteer and then as an assistant pastor. He is also active in the Doucé Committee (a work group at Pauluskerk that addresses pastoral issues related to sexual minorities, including pedophiles).

Selected works

  • "The Entimos Pais of Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10," Paidika: The Journal of Paedophilia 1, no. 1 (1987): 27-39, reprinted in Homosexuality and Religion and Philosophy, ed. Wayne Dynes and Stephen Donaldson (New York: Garland, 1992), pp. 223-235.
  • "Pedophilia," in Encyclopedia of Homosexuality, ed. Wayne R. Dynes (New York: Garland, 1990), pp. 964-970 (with Joseph Geraci).
  • "Exclusion, Toleration, Acceptance, Integration: the experience of Dutch Reformed Churches with homosexuality and homosexuals in the Church," Journal of Homosexuality 25, no. 4 (1993): 101-120.
  • A man of many words (and some controversial pictures): a bibliography of the published writings and photographs of D.H. Mader (Amsterdam: Entimos Press, 1995), 28 pages.
  • "Walter H. Breen (J. Z. Eglinton) (1928-1993)", in Before Stonewall: activists for gay and lesbian rights in historical context, ed. by Vern L. Bullough (Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2002), pp. 312-322.
  • "The Greek Mirror: the Uranians and their use of Greece," Journal of Homosexuality 49, nos. 3/4 (2005): 377-420, reprinted in Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in the Classical Tradition of the West, ed. Beert C. Verstraete and Vernon L. Provencal (Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2006).
  • "The Individual Can . . ." Objectifying Consent', in Boyhood Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2010), 103-112.
  • D.H. Mader and Gert Hekma, "Same Sex, Different Ages: On Pederasty in Gay History", in Censoring Sex Research: The Debate Over Male Intergenerational Relationships, ed. by Thomas K. Hubbard and Beert Verstraete (Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2013), pp. 161-193.

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