John Boswell

John Boswell: Historian of gays and lesbians in Christianity

John Boswell (1947-1994) was a prominent scholar who researched and wrote about the importance of gays and lesbians in Christian history. He was...
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Traces of His Presence by Eric Martin Traces of His Presence by Eric Martin (gay centurion)

Gay centurion: Jesus heals a soldier’s boyfriend in the Bible

Jesus praised a gay centurion in the Roman army as a model of faith and healed his male lover in the gospels, according to many Bible experts. The...
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Perpetua and Felicity by Angela Yarber

Perpetua and Felicity: Patron saints of same-sex couples

Saints Perpetua and Felicity were brave North African woman friends who were executed for their Christian faith in the third century. Some consider...
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Interior of the Basilica of Saint John at the Latin Gate same-sex marriage in Renaissance Rome

A same-sex marriage ceremony in… Renaissance Rome?

By Gary Ferguson, University of Virginia In the late 16th century, the famous French essayist Michel de Montaigne wrote about two marriages between...
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Dutch massacre of sodomites in Amsterdam in 1730-31

Ash Wednesday: Queer martyrs executed for homosexuality rise from the ashes

Today on Ash Wednesday queer martyrs rise from the ashes as we recall the thousands who were executed for homosexuality throughout history. This is...
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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.

A same-sex marriage ceremony in… Renaissance Rome?

By Gary Ferguson, University of Virginia In the late 16th century, the famous French essayist Michel de Montaigne wrote about two marriages between people of the same sex. The first involved women in eastern France, the second a group of men in Rome. At the time,...

Marcella Althaus-Reid: Queer theology pioneer

Marcella Althaus-Reid was a queer theologian whose controversial books include “Indecent Theology” and “The Queer God.” Born in Argentina, she became the first woman appointed to a chair in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2006. She...

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...
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