Saint Valentine mosaic

Saint Valentine: Marriage equality role model

Marriage equality has a surprising role model in Saint Valentine, a 3rd-century Roman priest who defied the restrictive marriage laws of his era to...
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LGBTQ saints Polyeuct and Nearchus by Robert Lentz

Saints Polyeuct and Nearchus: Brothers by affection

Saints Polyeuct and Nearchus were Roman soldiers in 3rd-century Armenia and “brothers by affection.” They are a prime example of same-sex lovers in...
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Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé (Elias Farajajé-Jones)

Ibrahim Farajajé: Queer theologian, AIDS activist, interfaith scholar, spiritual leader

Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé was a queer theologian, HIV/AIDS activist, interfaith scholar, multi-ethnic artist, and spiritual leader. He died on...
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“Saints Brigid and Darlughdach of Kildare” by Robert Lentz

Brigid and Darlughdach: Celtic saint loved her female soulmate

Saint Brigid and her soulmate Darlughdach were sixth-century Irish nuns who brought art, education and spirituality to early medieval Ireland....
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LGBTQ Christian book covers Tantric Jesus, Church of Whosoever, Bloomsbury Reader

New in Feb: LGBTQ Christian books “Tantric Jesus,” “Bloomsbury Reader,” “Church of Whosoever” and “Queering Richard Rolle”

Sexuality, theology, history and church life are explored in four new LGBTQ Christian books this month.   “Tantric Jesus: The Erotic Heart of...
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Q Spirit presents LGBTQ spirituality through the Jesus in Love Blog. Saints, history, books, art and more are covered in articles by lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry.

Saint Valentine: Marriage equality role model

Marriage equality has a surprising role model in Saint Valentine, a 3rd-century Roman priest who defied the restrictive marriage laws of his era to bless couples who were forbidden to marry. His feast day is, of course,  Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14). Saint Valentine was...

Saints Polyeuct and Nearchus: Brothers by affection

Saints Polyeuct and Nearchus were Roman soldiers in 3rd-century Armenia and “brothers by affection.” They are a prime example of same-sex lovers in the early church. Polyeuct’s feast day is Feb. 13. The earliest account of Polyeuct’s martyrdom, a 4th-century Armenian...

Holocaust Remembrance: We all wear the triangle

International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27) honors the victims of the Nazi era, including the estimated 5,000 to 60,000 sent to concentration camps for homosexuality. The United Nations set the date as the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau,...

David Kato: Ugandan LGBTQ rights activist and martyr

David Kato, Ugandan LGBTQ rights activist, is considered a father of Uganda’s gay rights movement. He was beaten to death on Jan. 26, 2011 in a case that some blame on anti-gay religious rhetoric. It is especially important to carry on Kato’s legacy now with legal...

Saint Sebastian: History’s first gay icon?

Saint Sebastian has been called history’s first gay icon and the patron saint of homosexuality. His feast day is Jan. 20. It is an intriguing coincidence that Jan. 20 is also Inauguration Day for U.S. presidents.  May Saint Sebastian, who was martyred by an oppressive...

Aelred of Rievaulx: Gay saint of friendship

Aelred of Rievaulx is considered one of the most lovable saints, the patron saint of friendship and also, some say, a gay saint. His feast day is Jan. 12. Aelred (1109-1167) was the abbot of the Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx in England. His treatise “On Spiritual...

Jeanne Manford: PFLAG founder who loved her gay son

Jeanne Manford loved her gay son so much that she founded Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). She died on Jan. 8, 2013 at age 92. Her son, the late Morty Manford, was beaten during a gay rights protest in April 1972.  She responded by writing...

Queer Epiphany: Three kings or three queens?

Reimagining the three kings as queer or female gives fresh meaning to Epiphany, a holiday celebrating the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus. It is observed on Jan. 6. The word “epiphany” also refers to a sudden, intuitive perception. By looking at the Bible and...
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