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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.

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Stonewall Rebellion in It was Beautiful by Douglas Blanchard

Stonewall Rebellion in “It was Beautiful” by Douglas Blanchard

Transgender Day of Remembrance spiritual art shows transwoman crucified in LGBT Stations of the Cross by Mary Button

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Spiritual resources

Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20) commemorates those who were killed due to anti-transgender prejudice. Spiritual and religious resources...
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Dance of the 41 Queers)by Jose Guadalupe Posada

Dance of the 41 Queers: Police raid on Mexican drag ball remembered

Police arrested 41 men at a Mexico City drag ball known as the Dance of the 41 Queers in a notorious police raid on Nov. 17-18, 1901. The raid...
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AAR SBL rainbow flag

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)...
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Rainbow detail from St. John Altarpiece by Hans Memling

Why we need LGBTQ saints: A queer theology of sainthood

It’s time to welcome the queer saints. Many believe that saints and other souls will visit this weekend for Halloween, All Saints Day, All Souls...
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14 from “Stations of the Cross: The Struggle For LGBT Equality” by Mary Button

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...
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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: Gay Passion of Christ series with art by Douglas Blanchard

Mar/Apr – Palm Sunday: Jesus enters the city

Mar/Apr – Easter: Jesus rises

Mar. 25 – Annunciation Day: Mary’s ecstasy

Mar. 31 – Transgender Day of Visibiity

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

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

May/June – Ascension Day: Jesus Returns to God

May/June – Pentecost: Holy Spirit brings LGBTQ visions

May/June – Trinity Sunday: Holy Spirit blesses same-sex couple

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 – LGBTQ+ Pride flags make a colorful cross of diversity and creativity

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

June 24 – UpStairs Lounge fire: 32 killed in deadly attack on LGBTQ people

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

Aug. 15 – Feast of Assumption has lesbian goddess roots

October – Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Queer Saint Tibira and two-spirit Native Americans remembered

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

Oct. 11 – National Coming Out Day: Come out for LGBTQ equality

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

Oct. 26 – Intersex Awareness Day

Nov. 1 – All Saints Day: Why we need LGBTQ saints: A queer theology of sainthood

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

Nov. 8 – Intersex Day of Remembrance (Intersex Solidarity Day)

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: Richard Sibbes: Queer Puritan theologian for the LGBTQ community?

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

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...

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...