Mark Thompson was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula, California, where he was exposed to a wide range of spiritual beliefs and practices. In 1973, he helped lead the Gay Students Coalition at San Francisco State University, and has worked for gay and feminist causes since that time.
He began his career in journalism with the national gay newspaper "The Advocate" in 1975, reporting on culture and politics in Europe. He continued to serve the publication during the next nineteen years in a number of capacities-as a feature writer, photographer, and senior editor. in 1994, he complete