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February 2011
Jesus in Love Newsletter
LGBT spirituality and the arts
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Top stories of 2010
Uganda's gay martyr
Queer Guadalupe
Pope's gay event?
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Jesus in Love serves gay, lesbian, bi and trans (glbt) people who have spiritual interests, and our allies. We promote queer spirituality and the arts, with an emphasis on books and images. We believe that God loves all people, including sexual minorities. We believe that the creative process is sacred. We hope that the new visions, especially the gay Jesus and queer saints, will free people to experience the divine in new ways and lead to a more just world.

LGBT-affirming visions of an erotic Christ balanced alarming reports of religion used against queer people in 2010. Enjoy our summary of 2010's top stories, plus new stuff for the new year. 

Top 7 LGBT spiritual arts stories of 2010

Krishna and Christ
Homoerotic love between Christ and Krishna became the top LGBT spiritual arts story for 2010. The top 7 LGBT spiritual arts stories of the year were named today at the Jesus in Love Blog.

The top 7 are: Christ and Krishna, erotic Christ theology, Jerusalem photos of religious threats to LGBT people, queer Lady of Guadalupe, ex-gay genocide, gay martyrs, and It Gets Better video. More info
RIP: Ugandan LGBT martyr David Kato
David Kato
Ugandan LGBT rights activist David Kato was beaten to death on Jan. 26. American evangelicals who promoted the death penalty for homosexuals in Uganda helped create the hostile atmosphere in which this hate crime occurred.

Our updated post includes a video with scenes from David's funeral. May David Kato find peace with all the other LGBT martyrs and saints who have gone before him. More info and video
Artists imagine Queer Lady of Guadalupe

Guadalupe and Mary Magdalene by Alex Donis

Queer art based on Our Lady of Guadalupe brings a message of holy empowerment that speaks to LGBT people today. Artists Alma Lopez, Alex Donis and Jim Ru re-envisioned the Aztec version of the Virgin Mary in amazing new ways. More info


(Credit: "Mary Magdalene and Virgen de Guadalupe" by Alex Donis)

Smithsonian censors gay artist's crucifix

ants on crucifix from wojnarowicz video
The Smithsonian recently censored gay artist David Wojnarowicz's video as anti-Christian "hate speech" -- all because he shows an ant-covered crucifix to express the suffering of people with AIDS. More info

(Credit: Christ with Ants from the David Wojnarowicz video "A Fire in My Belly")

Vatican goes gay? Acrobats strip for Pope

acrobats at Vatican It looked like Gay Day at the Vatican when male acrobats stripped and performed topless for Pope Benedict XVI recently.

The startling true-life event was captured on video. Watch with queer eyes and wonder. More info
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White House appoints lesbian minister (Nancy Wilson) 


Cool workshop explores queer Christ in art (MCC Europe) 


Dark Night of a Gay Soul: John of the Cross 

St. Brigid loved her female soulmate Darlughdach 

St. Aelred: Gay saint of friendship 

David and Jonathan: Love between men in the Bible   


Let us go forward remembering a new gay martyr: David Kato, the Ugandan LGBT rights activist who was beaten to death Jan. 26.  May we honor his legacy by building justice and equality for all.

Kittredge Cherry