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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

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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Holy Priest Anonymous One of Sachsenhausen by William Hart McNichols

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...
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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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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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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

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,...

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...