Aelred of Rievaulx: Gay saint of friendship

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...
Thomas(ine) Hall: Intersex in colonial America

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...
Julian of Norwich: Celebrating Mother Jesus

Julian of Norwich: Celebrating Mother Jesus

Julian of Norwich is a medieval English mystic who celebrated “Mother Jesus.” Her feast day, May 8, always falls near Mother’s Day. It’s not known if Julian herself was queer, but some of her ideas were. Julian is often listed with LGBTQ saints because of her...