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Q Spirit celebrates religious and spiritual holidays, events in LGBTQ history, holy days, feast days, festivals, anniversaries, liturgical seasons and other occasions of special interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and allies. Articles were written by Kittredge Cherry for the Jesus in Love Blog.

Stonewall Rebellion in It was Beautiful by Douglas Blanchard

Stonewall Rebellion in “It was Beautiful” by Douglas Blanchard

Epiphany by Janet McKenzie queer Epiphany

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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Rainbow Candles LGBTQ Bridge of Light by Kittredge Cherry

Welcome the New Year with rainbow candles! Bridge of Light honors LGBTQ culture

Welcome the new year by lighting rainbow candles for Bridge of Light, a new winter holiday honoring LGBTQ culture. People celebrate Bridge of Light...
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Kittredge Cherry with thank you sign and wreath

Thank you, donors! Happy New Year from Kittredge Cherry at Q Spirit and Jesus in Love!

We did it! The goal for the annual budget was met on New Year’s Eve — thanks to gifts from 45 donors and prayers from many more. Contributions...
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Neither by David Hayward cropped

Queer Kwanzaa: Queer black Jesus icon presented for African American holiday

A rare icon of a queer black Jesus is presented here for Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration of African American culture starting Dec. 26. Many families...
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Madonna with Rainbow Flag by Richard Stott cropped

Merry Christmas from Kittredge Cherry, Jesus in Love and Q Spirit

Merry Christmas from  Kittredge Cherry and the Jesus in Love Blog at Q Spirit I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people....
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Jan. 1 – Bridge of Light: Welcome the New Year with rainbow candles!

Jan. 6 – Epiphany: 3 kings or 3 queens?

Jan. 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day: We all wear the triangle

Feb/Mar – Ash Wednesday:  Queer martyrs rise from the ashes

Mar/Apr – Holy Week/Easter: Gay Passion of Christ series with art by Douglas Blanchard

Mar 25 – Annunciation Day: Mary’s ecstasy

April – Day of Silence: Stop bullying God’s LGBTQ youth

April 22 – Earth Day: LGBTQ theologians join in protecting the environment

May/June – Pentecost: Holy Spirit brings LGBT visions

May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia

June – LGBT Pride Month: Saints of Stonewall launched liberation movement

June – Pride Month: LGBT flag reveals the queer Christ in Rainbow Christ Prayer

June 12 – Pulse Orlando shooting: 50 killed at gay nightclub

June 24 – UpStairs Lounge fire: 32 killed in deadliest attack on LGBTQ people (until Orlando)

July 4 – Independence Day: Clergy picketed for LGBT equality in 1965-69 Annual Reminder protests

Aug. 15 – Feast of Assumption has lesbian goddess roots

October – Columbus Day: Two-spirit Native American bridge genders

Oct. 11 – National Coming Out Day

Oct. 20 – Spirit Day: Stand up to bullying of LGBT youth

Nov. 1 – All Saints Day: LGBT-friendly memorial for All Saints, All Souls and Day of the Dead

Nov. 17 – Dance of the 41 Queers: Police raid on Mexican drag ball remembered

Nov. 17 – JesusInLove.org launched (2005)

Nov. 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance

Nov. (4th Thursday) – Thanksgiving: LGBT pilgrims are everywhere

Nov/Dec – Advent: Waiting for the queer face of God

Dec. 1 – World AIDS Day: AIDS spiritual resources connect Christ, saints and HIV

Dec – Queer Nativity shows love makes a family

Dec. 25 – Queer cheer: LGBTQ Christmas highlights

Dec. 26-Jan.1 – Kwanzaa: Queer black Jesus icon honors African American holiday

Dec. 28 – Holy Innocents Day: Queer genocide?

Dec. 31 – Bridge of Light: New Year’s Eve celebration with rainbow candles

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...

Queer cheer for Christmas: Make the Yuletide gay

Find queer cheer in this round-up of LGBTQ Christmas highlights from the Jesus in Love Blog at Q Spirit.. Clicking the headlines below for queer Christmas songs, a gay baby Jesus, love between good King Wenceslas and his page, lesbian Madonnas, carol composer...

Queer Nativity scenes show love makes a family

I create my own queer Nativity scenes for the Christmas season. One has two Marys at the manger with the baby Jesus, and the other features two Josephs with the Christ child. I put Mary with Mary and Joseph with Joseph—just like putting two brides or two grooms on top...

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 are creating new ways to honor Advent, the time of expectant waiting for Christ’s birth starting four Sundays before Christmas. “This Advent I am...