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Turing pilgrimage
Gay Passion censored
Dance of the 41
Why LGBT saints?
St. Malachy
AAR hot topics
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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.


Jesus in Love was founded by lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry as her personal gift to the world.  


As Thanksgiving approaches, let's be grateful for the lives of LGBT people and saints, the artists who portray them, and even for the hard  history that we that we have overcome. Some are highlighted here.
Queer art pilgrimage honors codebreaker
Turing Pilgrimage by Tony O'Connell

Alan Turing is a gay icon, pioneering computer scientist and wartime British codebreaker who is honored as a saint in new artwork by queer artist Tony O'Connell.   


The artist made a photographic record of his recent trip to the Alan Turing Memorial in Manchester, England.

Turing Pilgrimage by Tony O'Connell  

His journey serves simultaneously as pilgrimage, performance art and political statement. He decided to add Turing to his ongoing series of LGBT pilgrimages.  


Turing's life story is also told in the new movie "The Imitation Game." Photos and more info 


(Credit: "Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Alan Turing" by Tony O'Connell)  

Passion book beats Facebook censorship
Jesus Goes to His Execution by Doug Blanchard

Facebook censored an ad for the new art book "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," then backed down after pressure from the LGBT community and media.


The book shows Jesus as a gay man of today in a modern city. "A queer Passion is needed now because Christianity is being used to justify discrimination against LGBT people," said author Kittredge Cherry. 


The image shown here, "Jesus Goes to His Execution" by Douglas Blanchard, is the one that Facebook said was too "shocking."  


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Dance of the 41 Queers remembered 

The 41 Queers by Jose Guadalupe Posada One of the world's most notorious police raids on a queer gathering occurred 113 years ago in November 1901 when police arrested 41 men at a drag ball in Mexico City. The raid on the "Dance of the 41" caused a huge scandal with lasting repercussions against LGBT people.  Today the Dance of the 41 is being reclaimed and reinterpreted by LGBT activists and scholars. More info

(Credit: "The 41 Queers" by Jose Guadalupe Posada, 1901)
All Saints Day: Why we need LGBT saints

All Saints by Fra Angelico
LGBT saints are important because people are searching for alternative ways to lead loving lives.  Churches have tried to control people by burying queer history.  The LGBT saints show us not only THEIR place in history, but also OUR place.  

At first I thought that LGBT saints were rare.  Gradually I came to see that they are everywhere.... More info

(Credit: "Christ Glorified in the Court of Heaven" by Fra Angelico)
Malachy: Same-sex soulmate to Bernard 
Malachy of Armagh by Rowan Lewgalon
Malachy of Armagh is an 11th-century Irish saint who died in the arms of his more famous soulmate, St. Bernard of Clairvaux.

Bernard showered Malachy with kisses during his lifetime and they are buried together, wearing each other's clothes. Malachy is also the attributed author for the "Prophecy of the Popes."
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(Credit: Malachy of Armagh by Rowan Lewgalon)

LGBTQ guide to AAR-SBL annual meeting
reveals hot topics in religion scholarship 
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An amazing variety of more than 30 LGBT and queer events are planned for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature Nov. 22-25 in San Diego.


Everything from African lesbians to a queer zoological reading of Song of Songs will be covered. Hot topics this year include same-sex marriage, anti-gay laws in Africa, and queer interpretations of Paul's letters in the Bible. More info 

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014 


Poem: Battle at First Holy Communion by Audrey Lockwood


Allen Schindler: Gay martryr in the military



Rest in peace to two artists whose work was featured at Jesus in Love:


Tony de Carlo, who died on Aug. 16, 2014 at age 58


Dirk Vanden, who died on Oct. 21, 2014 at age 81


I close with a quote from artist Tony O'Connell, who reclaims the holiness of ordinary life in art projects such as his recent pilgrimage for Alan Turing:


"We do not need the permission of anyone else to see perfection in each other."   


Have a happy Thanksgiving! 

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