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LGBT Pride Month: June 2011
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Lady Gaga
McNeill in Rome
Joan of Arc
Hunky Jesus
Stonewall saints
Pride prayers
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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.
Happy LGBT Pride Month! We're celebrating with articles on Lady Gaga, John McNeill, Hunky Jesus, Joan of Arc and more. Enjoy!

The queer spirituality of Lady Gaga 


Lady Gaga still from Born This Way Pop music star Lady Gaga sings songs that challenge or "queer" traditional religious beliefs in her new album "Born This Way."  Gay theologian Patrick Cheng calls her "a queer spiritual evangelist." in his new article on The Queer Spirituality of Lady Gaga.  More info and videos 

(Credit: Still from "Born This Way" video) 
Gay priest John McNeill shakes up Rome

John McNeill
Pioneering gay priest John McNeill is still shaking up the Vatican at age 85. He went to Rome for the world premiere of a new documentary about his life on June 6 at EuroPride 2011 -- and to ask the Vatican for LGBT justice. 

When in Rome, McNeill will not do as the Romans do, but instead will advocate change in the Roman Catholic church.
More info and video
Joan of Arc: Cross-dressing warrior-saint

St. Joan of Arc by Robert LentzJoan of Arc was a cross-dressing teenage warrior who led the medieval French army to victory. This queer icon and girl-power hero was killed for wearing men's clothing by the church that later made her a saint.

Joan's belief that God was the source of her gender-bending queerness makes her an especially inspiring role model for LGBT people of faith. More info

(Credit: "Saint Joan of Arc" by Robert Lentz)

Hunky Jesus contest: Fun or offensive?

Hunky Jesus contestThe Hunky Jesus contest is packed with living, breathing gay Jesuses -- or "Jesi," as they are called. It's held every year by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of "queer nuns" who do street theater for charity.

Naturally the Hunky Jesus contest offends the religious right.  But even some gay Christians are denouncing it in the news media this year. More info and photos

(Credit: "Brokeback Mountain Jesus" by Xero Britt)
LGBT visions of Pentecost on June 12

The Holy Spirit Arrives by Douglas Blanchard
People from every nation received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.  Celebrate it on June 12 this year with queer visions of Pentecost:

The Holy Spirit Arrives (from the Gay Passion of Christ series with art by Douglas Blanchard)

Pentecost comes alive with erotic Christ (from "Jesus in Love: At the Cross" by Kittredge Cherry)

(Credit: "The Holy Spirit Arrives" by Douglas Blanchard)
Saints of Stonewall honored

It was Beautiful by Douglas Blanchard
LGBT people fought back against police harassment in June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, launching the LGBT liberation movement.

They are honored here as "saints of Stonewall" because they had the courage to battle an unjust system. They did the miracle of turning self-hatred into self esteem. More info

(Credit: "It was Beautiful" by Douglas Blanchard)
Prayers and songs celebrate LGBT pride

GLBT Heritage stained glass window
LGBT Pride Month is celebrated with prayers and music at the Jesus in Love Blog. The top 6 LGBT hymns are named in "What's your favorite LGBT hymn?

For the LGBT Pride Prayer series,
click here or choose a prayer below:

We have always been, and we will always be by Lea Brown

We stand inside your church by Malcolm Boyd

(Credit: GLBT Heritage window from Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco)
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Your contributions help bring joy and justice to LGBT people of faith and our supporters. More info. Many thanks to the six people who gave in May for our "after-Easter" offering.
Click for more highlights from the Jesus in Love Blog:

Rapture humor: Jesus comes for the gay Christians

Episcopal Divinity School blog runs article on gay Jesus art by  Kittredge Cherry

Harvey Milk Day celebrates equality for all

May you experience God's rainbow of blessings for the LGBT community during Pridetide month.  Let your pride be a humble expression of gratitude for who God created you to be.
Kittredge Cherry
New and timely books

Mychal's Prayer: Praying with Father Mychal Judge
by Salvatore Sapienza by Tregatti Press
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Prayers and meditations coupled with examples from the inspiring life of Mychal Judge, NYC fire dept. chaplain who was killed in the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy. Author Salvatore Sapienza is a former monk who worked with Father Mychal to form an AIDS ministry.

The Choosing: A Rabbi's Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days
by Andrea Myers by Rutgers University Press
Paperback ~ Release Date: 2011-03-15
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A Lutheran lesbian's journey to becoming a rabbi! Mixes humor, anecdotes and rabbinic insights to show what it means to live on your own terms.

Sex as God Intended
by John J. McNeill by Lethe Press
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Pioneering gay priest John McNeill proclaims that God intends sex as a source of love. Bible passages that have been used to condemn homosexuality are debunked.

Visit the Jesus in Love Bookstore for books and DVDs on LGBT spirituality and the arts.