Matthew Shepard by Tobias Haller

Matthew Shepard: Modern gay martyr and hate-crime victim

Matthew Shepard is a modern gay martyr who brought international attention to anti-LGBTQ hate crimes when he died on Oct. 12, 1998. He was a...
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Kittredge Cherry on Coming Out video

Come out for equality on National Coming Out Day

Coming out the closet as a lesbian had a huge impact on my life, so I celebrate National Coming Out Day with a short video of my personal story, an...
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Vida Dutton Scudder

Vida Dutton Scudder: Lesbian saint, reformer and teacher

Vida Dutton Scudder, c. 1890 (Wikipedia) Vida Dutton Scudder is an American social reformer, professor, prominent lesbian author — and an...
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Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Queer Saint Tibira and two-spirit Native Americans remembered

A new effort to canonize queer saint Tibira is highlighted here for Indigenous Peoples’ Day along with many other LGBTQ and two-spirit Native...
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Saints Sergius and Bacchus by Robert Lentz

Sergius and Bacchus: Paired male saints loved each other in ancient Roman army

Saints Sergius and Bacchus were third-century Roman soldiers, Christian martyrs and men who loved each other. Their story is told here in words and...
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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.

Come out for equality on National Coming Out Day

Coming out the closet as a lesbian had a huge impact on my life, so I celebrate National Coming Out Day with a short video of my personal story, an excerpt from my coming-out guidebook, and worship resources. Every year on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day encourages...

Rumi: Poet and Sufi mystic inspired by same-sex love

Rumi is a 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic whose love for another man inspired some of the world’s best poems and led to the creation of a new religious order, the Whirling Dervishes. He was born Sept. 30, 1207 in Afghanistan. With sensuous beauty and deep...

FannyAnn Eddy: Lesbian martyr in Africa

FannyAnn Eddy was a major activist for LGBTQ rights in her native Sierra Leone and the rest of Africa. She was murdered on Sept. 29, 2004. Nobody was ever convicted of the crime. She founded the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association in 2002 and advocated for LGBTQ...

Good (Gay?) King Wenceslas loved his page Podiven

There’s good reason to believe that Good King Wenceslas was gay. Yes, the king in the Christmas carol.  His feast day is Sept. 28. Saint Wenceslaus I (907–935) was duke of Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). The carol “Good King Wenceslas” is based on a...

Tyler Clementi: Gay teen driven to suicide by bullies

Tyler Clementi (1992-2010) brought international attention to bullying-related suicide of LGBTQ youth by jumping to his death on Sept. 22, 2010. Clementi’s highly publicized tragedy made him into a gay martyr whose untimely death put a public face on the problems of...
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