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August 2013
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LGBT spirituality and the arts
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Virgin of Czestochowa & Erzulie Dantor
Jesus rises in equality
Russia's gay saints
Spanish translator
Bearded woman saint

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Russia is cracking down on LGBT people despite the gay saints in their own history. The Black Madonna has become a lesbian advocate in the New World. These are just a few of multicultural cross-currents putting Christianity into queer new contexts around the globe.
Black Madonna becomes lesbian defender

Black Madonna of Czestochowa Ezili Dantor
The Black Madonna of Czestochowa, one of the most famous Catholic icons, is the model for a Erzulie Dantor, a Haitian Vodou goddess who protects lesbians. Her sister Erzulie Freda is the patron of gay men. Black Madonnas embody the unpredictable shadow side of the divine feminine. More info

(Credit: Left: Black Madonna of Czestochowa from Wikimedia. Right: Ezili Dantor prayer card from the Vodou Store.) 

Jesus rises with marriage equality
in LGBT Stations of the Cross

Resurrection of Christ by Mary Button
Jesus rises from the dead as the Supreme Court rules for marriage equality in a new painting that completes the series "Stations of the Cross: The Struggle for LGBT Equality" by Mary Button.

The first 14 paintings made their debut earlier this year during Lent, but Button waited until the Supreme Court decision before creating the 15th Station. More info 


 (Credit: "Station 15: The Resurrection of Christ" by Mary Button)

Wojnarowicz art stirs controversy
by mixing gay and Christian imagery

Painting David by Douglas Blanchard
Interest is surging in David Wojnarowicz, a gay artist, writer and activist whose use of Christian imagery still causes controversy more than two decades after his death from AIDS at age 37.


He rose from a homeless teenage hustler to become a celebrated artist and frequent target of the religious right. Wojnarowicz mixed gay imagery with religious symbols from his Roman Catholic childhood to express the holiness and intensity of gay experience.  More info 


(Credit: Detail from "Painting David" by Douglas Blanchard)

Saint Boris and George: United in love

St. Boris and George by Robert Lentz
Protests and boycotts are growing now over Russia's new anti-LGBT laws, but queer people such as Saint Boris are an important part of Russian history.

The gay love between Boris, one of the oldest and most popular saints in Russia, and George the Hungarian ended in tragedy in 1015 in medieval Russia. Their feast day is July 24 -- the same day that same-sex marriage became legal in New York in 2011. More info

(Credit: "Saints Boris and George the Hungarian" by Robert Lentz)
LGBT Saints series gets new translator

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Religion professor Hugo Cordova Quero has begun doing Spanish translation for the Santos Queer blog. It features the LGBT Saints series by Kittredge Cherry, lesbian Christian author and founder of Jesus in Love.


Born and raised in Argentina, Quero is adjunct faculty at Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Welcome, Hugo! 


He has already worked on profiles of Juana de Arc, Santa Librada, Boris y Jorge, Simeón de Emesa y Juan and Juliana de Norwich.  Go go Santos Queer 

Saint Wilgefortis: Bearded woman

Saint Wilgefortis
Saint Wilgefortis prayed to avoid marriage to a pagan king -- and her prayers were answered when she grew a beard! 
People have honored this virgin martyr since the 14th century, but today some wonder about the queer causes behind her beard. This article includes new paintings of Wilgefortis by Alma Lopez. More info

(Credit: St. Wilgefortis sculpture in Prague, Curious Expeditions)
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Let us draw inspiration today from the words of artist Mary Button. She announced her new resurrection painting by saying, "I pray that this image will signify a greater shift in public opinion as we move beyond baseless stigmatization of the LGBT community to embrace our diversity as a blessed gift from God."

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