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LGBT Pride Month: June 2012
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Stonewall paintings
LGBT altar
Gay Passion of Christ: After resurrection
Gay Jesus books
Joan of Arc

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Jesus in Love supports lesbian, gay, bi trans and queer  (LGBTQ) spirituality, with an emphasis on art and literature. It promotes artistic and religious freedom and teaches love for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It is based on these beliefs: God loves all people, including sexual minorities. The creative process is sacred. The queer visions, especially the gay Jesus and LGBT saints, will free people to experience the divine in new ways and lead to a more just world.

Happy LGBT Pride Month! The movement for freedom began at Stonewall and continues in the art and writing here. I'm especially proud to present historical paintings of Stonewall by Sandow Birk.
Artist paints Stonewall's LGBT history  
Battle of Stonewall by Sandow Birk
Queer people battle police in paintings of the Stonewall riots by California artist Sandow Birk.  The June 1969 uprising launched the LGBT rights movement.

"As an artist, the Stonewall Riots were the perfect subject - transvestites battling cops in riot gear on horses?! Who doesn't want to paint that?! Drama, chaos, and social justice all in one go!" Birk says in a new interview. More info

(Credit: "The Battle of Stonewall - 1969" by Sandow Birk)
Swedish cathedral gets LGBT altar

LGBT altar by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin

Sweden's first LGBT altar was donated to 1,000-year-old Skara Cathedral by artist Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin on May 19. That day it served as the backdrop for the first same-sex wedding in the cathedral's 1000-year history.  


"I gave the church the altar as a gift. Now we are waiting for the church to accept the gift or no," she said. More info

(Credit: LGBT altar by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin

Gay Passion of Christ concludes with
New text on 6 images of risen Christ

Jesus Returns to God by Douglas Blanchard

New essays explore 6 images of the risen Christ in "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision" by Doug Blanchard.  The series shows Jesus as a gay man in a modern city.  With new text by Kittredge Cherry, the last images look at Ascension, Pentecost and a gay glimpse of paradise.  


These are some of the most creative, uplifting and outright queer images in  the series. Click the titles for more info:


The Trinity by Douglas Blanchard Jesus Appears to His Friends by Douglas Blanchard

19. Jesus Appears to Mary

20. Jesus Appears at Emmaus
21. Jesus Appears to His Friends 

22. Jesus Returns to God 

23. The Holy Spirit Arrives 

24. The Trinity



(Credit: Douglas Blanchard)
Two new Gay Jesus books published

Dirk Vanden book cover It Was Too Soon Before

Gay Jesus themes are discussed in two new books: "It Was Too Soon Before..." by Dirk Vanden is the autobiography of a gay pioneer, including his mystical/psychedelic visions of a gay Jesus. "Gay Jesus" by Steve Gillman is a set of anti-authoritarian essays. More info  


(Credit: Cover of "It Was Too Soon Before..." from Lethe Press

Joan of Arc: Cross-dressing warrior-saint

St. Joan of Arc by Robert Lentz Joan of Arc was a cross-dressing teenage warrior who a medieval 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. More info

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

Prayers and songs celebrate LGBT pride

GLBT Heritage stained glass window
LGBT Pride Month is celebrated with prayers and music in these popular past posts at the Jesus in Love Blog:

"What's your favorite LGBT hymn?

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

Prayer: We stand inside your church by Malcolm Boyd

(Credit: GLBT Heritage window from Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco)
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Cartoon: Jesus saves LGBT kids from jaws of clergy hat 

Julian of Norwich: Celebrating Mother Jesus 

Obama as black gay Jesus on Newsweek cover?  

May you experience a rainbow of blessings through the LGBT community during Pridetide!

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