About Q Spirit
Q Spirit promotes queer spirituality with LGBTQ saints, history and books. It is the new home of the Jesus in Love blog.
Q Spirit means queer spirituality. It also stands for questioning spiritual assumptions.
The website fosters religious freedom by teaching love for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Q Spirit expands the meaning of holiness by presenting diverse saints, history and books of spiritual and religious significance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) people of faith and allies.
The Q Spirit project comes from lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry. She founded Jesusinlove.org in 2005 and launched Q Spirit in 2016. She is passionately committed to Q Spirit because it grew out of her own personal journey as an author, minister and historian.
The Q in Q Spirit can stand for queer or refer to questioning spiritual and religious traditions. The website questions standard Bible interpretation and conventional history. “I bring a spirit of questioning authority and checking facts to my work,” Cherry said. “Q Spirit is a quest for spirituality beyond all boundaries.” The Q also shows commitment to quality — in writing, imagery and interaction with readers.
The logo for Q Spirit shows the universal Spirit expressed in a unique way through queer experience. The rainbow colors of the contemporary LGBTQ flag create a colorful “Q” with a long tail that cradles and uplifts the Spirit. Basic black text conveys the fundamental, all-inclusive nature of the Spirit.
The logo is designed by Q Spirit founder Kittredge Cherry with queer Welsh artist Andrew Craig Murphy-Williams.
What others are saying
“You are truly a light in the darkness for gay Christians.”
— Alison Amyx, editor
“A wonderful combination of inspiration and education. And now you’re in Spanish too!”
— Ernesto Borges Torres
“You are an icon amongst queers. Which is about as high a compliment as a queer theologian can give.”
— Jeff Hood
“Some of our best resources, that push the edges and make us re-evaluate, do not have a regular source of funding. This one is well worth your donation.”
— Nancy Radclyffe
“A very well written, well researched and always wonder-filled blog.”
— Br. Mark D’Alessio
“Often reading your JesusInLove blog, it is clear that you are an LGBTQI cultural hero. You continue to research and publish on behalf of justice and equality for all LGBTQI people. You do this single handedly, with little support, at your own expense, and at personal risk. One might wonder if you have wings on your back? You get my vote as a modern Saint!”
— Adrian Ravarour
“Your work is never less than interesting and often powerfully inspirational.”
— Derek Collins
“Provocative, inspiring, uplifting!”
— Jason Wood
”So proud of the work you do, Kit, and the lives you lift.”
— Rev Kyle Lovett
“I think sometimes you understand my work better than I do!”
— Tony O’Connell, artist
“I believe your blog is a unique tool for many queer people in Latin America to ever encounter this information. Thank you so much for all your efforts. Your work is awesome and always respectful.”
— Hugo Córdova Quero
“A wonderful space for queer arts and spirituality.”
— Ric Stott, artist
“I am honored to be included in this blog that has at times supported my journey, pushed me to discomfort and drawn me deeper into the heart of God.”
— One and Doll, artist
“This journal communicates with members of the LGBT community and their friends and families. It assures them that they are created in God’s image and beloved. This is an important newsletter to a widespread community and a lifeline to those who are struggling.”
— Roberta Ford
“Your much needed voice broadens the scope bringing new light to our Christ awareness. Keep pushing that envelope of inspiration.”
— Samuel Lipton
“Your blog is such an inspiration and important resource.”
— Ernest Disney-Britten, art collector and grant-maker
“Thanks for your blog. It’s among the few Christian blogs I find resonant with my own beliefs.”
— Gordon Gross
“Kudos to Rev. Kittredge Cherry for pushing the spiritual envelope and causing us to ponder (and even debate) the deeper things of God. Well done!!!”
— Ernesto Borges Torres
“Thanks, Kittredge Cherry, for tending to our souls. You are a living saint.”
— Elizabeth Kaeton
“Thank you for keeping the flame of the LGBT creative spirit burning bright!”
—Stephen Mead, artist
“Kittredge, your boldness for the Queer Christ inspires me and gives me joy. Keep up the good work!”
— Brian Hutchison
“The work of people like you, Kitt, convinces me of God’s love for us!”
— Kevin Elphick
“Rev. Cherry’s stuff is always fabulous.”
— Durrell Watkins, Sunshine Cathedral
“Great, courageous website in the true spirit of Jesus… Your site has often helped me feel lighter, made me smile and helped me feel loved by God. Thank you Kitt!”
“Always impressive… always informative… You do such great and important work, Kitt! It’s always an honor to share aspects of it here at The Wild Reed. Thank you!”
— Michael J. Bayly at The Wild Reed
“You provide an amazing service. Sometimes I think you go too far (but so what?). I don’t want or need a sexualized Jesus. But it’s very, very important to reach LGBTQ’s with the love of God, and I don’t know anyone who does that better than you.”
— Josh Thomas, author
”Kittredge Cherry continues to publish very fine, very eye-opening histories at her site, Jesus in Love.”
— Mitch Gould, scholar
“Just tremendous stuff Kitt. Thanks so much for putting this up. Just the kind of thing that I- a)*absolutely* want to know about and b) would almost undoubtedly not ever even hear of or see if you weren’t covering it.”
— CJ Barker
“I find the commentaries informative and enlightening. You give a positive and personal alternative outlook to the people and events that formed the Christian Church.”
“Keep doing what you do so well. It’s providing me an education no institution could ever provide!”
— Eric Hays-Strom
“I’m just so in awe of you for creating such a great blog. It’s really impressive.”
— Jon, gay man, age 18
“Kitt, the site’s hardworking administrator, does such an excellent job of promoting (mostly queer) outsider art and in a high quality artistic and creative way… Kitt is a pioneer, outsider god blogger like myself and I like to help her out when I can.”
“I am a m2f transgender person, & I’m just beginning to learn about the many feminine aspects of faith, of God—of the universe, really! And the art work that you display and link to gives me so much just to look at and so much of life to receive into my heart and enrich my soul. May God bless you abundantly!”
“Keep up the wonderful work.”
— Theodore W. Jennings Jr., Chicago Theological Seminary professor
“Kittredge Cherry is a courageous champion for gay and lesbian religious art. In an age where it is hard for any artist to get visibility, it is especially hard for those who pursue gay/ lesbian religious themes. That such artists are visible at all is almost entirely her work.”
— Douglas Blanchard, artist
“i beamed with pride about helping with your web site and the important message you offer, providing an opportunity for GLBT christians to take back – re-appropriate, if you will – their religion, and to feel good about themselves and about who they are. this is such meaningful work for all people. continued success!”
— Franklin Odel, straight ally
“I LOVE your blog! It is really refreshing to hear from someone who isn’t trying to fit inside of some institutional, religion-sourced and oppressive shoebox but speaks of liberation and acceptance, without. Awesome!”
— Enrico Gomez, Gay Mexican Catholic / Buddhist
“I just want to tell you how much I really appreciate your writing and the ‘Jesus in Love’ organization. It has been a great comfort and joy to come to the website for a quick pick-me-up or source for inspiration.”
— Kevin, gay man, age 21
“One of the most refreshing voices I currently encounter online. Kitt’s posts are all about, in my humble opinion, the extravagant, redemptive love of God… One of her methods is to look for and write about saints that may be relevant exemplars of that love for the LGBTQI community. Perhaps to my family, seeing articles about ‘Gay (or Lesbian) Saints’ may be problematic, but these are highly relevant to those of us seeking to live and perceive ourselves in positive light in the face of a church that until recently has painted us in very negative light indeed.”
— Eric Hays-Strom
“Jesus in Love is the most radically progressive and life affirming Christian LGBT site on the Internet that I have ever seen. I find its message both inspiring and empowering.”
— Ernesto Borges Torres, gay Buddhist
“Kitt always has something important to say!”
— Malcolm McPherson, Sydney Australia
“It is a beautiful website, doing such important work in the world!”
— Hunter Flournoy, erotic Christ teacher
“Your blog gives me joy and inspiration.”
— Jendi Reiter, poet, editor, straight ally for LGBT rights
“I live in Russia, in Moscow. I am very glad to read your blog ‘Jesus in Love.’ Among all LGBT-Christian sites it is the best. … I am very glad to see progressive religion which is shown by you. Yes God will bless you!”
— Russian woman
“I want you to know that every single LGBTQI young person I encounter, and I encounter quite a few, particularly from India and The Middle East, who is struggling with reconciling their sexual selves with their spiritual selves, are guided to this blog by me and specifically to this [LGBT Saints] series.… This is a huge service you are providing to the world. I am so grateful for it and for you. Om Shanti Shalom!”
— Raven/Sage Mahosadha, black, queer, writer and sacred activist
“I admire Kittredge Cherry. She is a brave person in that she touches the very center of many people’s being and is not afraid.”
— Amos Lassen, book reviewer for GLBT and Jewish communities.
“I value the witness you provide to the community and to the world. I, too, have benefited directly from your ministry — I still have on my shelf and use your ‘Equal Rites’ book, and I remember your willingness to stand up publicly and be seen and heard and counted. My ministry has evolved to include being a ‘public, Christian lesbian face’ in the midst of a religiously conservative setting.”
— Kyle Lovett, pastor in Hawaii
“I learn so much from your posts, and they often bring me to a greater understanding of Spirit working in my life. I like to give back to places that spiritually enrich me, and Jesus in Love certainly does that. I am very grateful for all you do.”
— Salvatore Sapienza, author and former monk
“Your little website is spreading more Truth than the whole gay media put together. They’re after our bodies. You’re after our souls. Keep up the Good Work!”
– from a note that came with a gift
Being targeted by hate groups can be seen as a badge of honor and proof that Q Spirit is reaching people with an important message. An example is Blasphemy 101: ‘Lesbian Christian’ Kittredge Cherry Offers ‘Rainbow Christ Prayer, posted by Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, a hate group certified by the Southern Poverty Law Center. As Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Human One!” (Luke 6:22)
About Kittredge Cherry
Kittredge Cherry is passionately committed to Q Spirit because it grew out of her own personal journey as a lesbian Christian author, minister and historian.
She was ordained by Metropolitan Community Churches and served as its national ecumenical officer, advocating for LGBT rights at the National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches.
She founded Jesus in Love in 2005 and launched Q Spirit in 2016. She considers her work at Jesus in Love and Q Spirit to be a calling that she aims to pursue with grace even in the face of bigotry.
Cherry has earned the trust of thousands of readers with her cutting-edge LGBTQ spiritual articles that seek to reveal the all-inclusive nature of God. “I promise to keep doing what I believe in: presenting LGBTQ spirituality so that people can make up their own minds,” she affirms.
A native of Iowa, Ms. Cherry has degrees in journalism and art history from the University of Iowa, and a master of divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. She studied in Japan on a Rotary International Scholarship for Journalists.
Her books include Lambda Literary Award finalist Art That Dares: Gay Jesus, Woman Christ, and More, Equal Rites: Lesbian and Gay Worship, Ceremonies, and Celebrations, The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision, Jesus in Love: A Novel, and Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women.
The New York Times Book Review praised her “very graceful, erudite” writing style. She has also written for such publications as Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, and the Christian Century. Her books have been translated into German, Polish, Chinese and Japanese. Ms. Cherry and her spouse live in Los Angeles.
Articles and resources by and about Kittredge Cherry
Read the Houston Chronicle’s “7 questions for lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry”
Read Kitt’s Tikkun Magazine article “Take Back Jesus: The Queer Christ Arises for the Good of All”
Learn about Kitt on Wikipedia
“We are the Church Alive, the Church with AIDS” by Kittredge Cherry and James Mitulski, Christian Century magazine 1988
Read the New York Times review of Kitt’s book
Click here for books by Kittredge Cherry
Her papers are preserved at the Iowa Women’s Archives.