Saint Sebastian by Il Sodoma

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. Sebastian was an early...
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Aelred by Robert Lentz

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...
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Jeanne Cordova 2012 lesbian nun becomes activist

Jeanne Cordova: Lesbian nun who “kicked the habit” to become an activist

Jeanne Cordova was a pioneering lesbian feminist activist and ex-nun who shook the world by revealing lesbian life in the convent. She died on Jan....
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Jeanne Manford sign at San Francisco Pride 2013. Photo by Quinn Dombrowski

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...
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“The Dream of the Magi,” Salzburg Missal

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...
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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.

Advent: Waiting for the queer face of God

Advent celebrates the mystery of the Word made flesh — an important concept in queer spirituality. LGBTQ people and allies are creating new ways to honor Advent, the time of expectant waiting for Christ’s birth starting four Sundays before Christmas. “This...

Harvey Milk: LGBTQ rights pioneer stood for equality

Pioneering LGBTQ rights activist Harvey Milk is the first and most famous openly gay male elected official in California. His birthday (May 22) is a state holiday. He was assassinated on Nov. 27, 1978. Milk became the public face of the LGBTQ rights movement, and his...

LGBTQ guide to AAR and SBL Annual Meetings 2017

Dozens of LGBTQ events are planned for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Nov. 18-21 in Boston, Massachusetts. Here is a guide to the highlights. Scholars will cover everything from queering Martin...

Thomas(ine) Hall: Intersex in colonial America

Thomas(ine) Hall was an intersex person in 17th-century colonial America who caused controversy by switching back and forth between genders. The Jamestown court ruled that Hall was both “a man and a woman” and ordered him/her to wear male and female clothing...

Spirit Day: Stand up to bullying of LGBTQ youth

People are speaking out against bullying of LGBTQ youth for Spirit Day (Oct. 19, 2017). Spirit Day happens every year on the third Thursday of October.  It was started in 2010 by Brittany McMillan, a 16-year-old Canadian girl, in response to high-profile suicides by...

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...
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