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December 2014
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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.  


I bring queer cheer for December. A huge booklist and a successful scholarly conference are signs that the LGBT Christian community has grown matured. We build on the foundation of those who went before.
Top 25 LGBT Christian books of 2014 listed

Dozens of books with LGBTQ Christian themes were published in 2014. Here is a list of the top 25 -- starting with the fun stuff.   


The list goes on to include the Bible, theology, art, memoir, novels and LGBT people in the chuch. The year's diverse group of authors approaches the subject in all different ways. Enjoy!


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LGBTIQ religions scholars meet
Kitt Cherry, Patrick Cheng, and Xochitl Alvizo

I was struck by how far the LGBTIQ religious community has come in the last 20 years when I attended the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in San Diego in November. More info


(Photo: Kittredge Cherry, Patrick Cheng and Xochitl Alvizo at AAR) 

 Medieval saints face disease with love 

A pair of medieval holy men faced illness together with a love that speaks across the centuries to the LGBT community and all people in the age of AIDS and Ebola.

Blessed Bartolo and Blessed Vivaldo ministered in an Italian leper hospital and stayed together when one of them got the dreaded disease. Franciscan scholar Kevin Elphick tells their little-known love story.
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(Credit: Detail from "Patrons of the AIDS Pandemic" by Lewis Williams,

Artists imagine Queer Lady of Guadalupe

Coyolxauhqui Returns as La Virgen de Guadalupe by Alma Lopez
Chulo de Guadalupe by Tony De Carlo Queer art based on Our Lady of Guadalupe brings a message of holy empowerment that speaks to LGBT people today -- and sometimes angers conservatives. Artists re-envisioned the Aztec version of the Virgin Mary in amazing new ways. More info


(Credit: "Chulo de Guadalupe" by Tony DeCarlo and "Coyolxauhqui as La Virgen de Guadalupe" by Alma Lopez
John of the Cross: A gay soul's dark night

John of the Cross by Robert Lentz "The Dark Night of the Soul," a spiritual classic with homoerotic overtones, was written by 16th-century Spanish mystic John of the Cross. Like other mystics, he used the metaphor of erotic love to describe his relationship with Christ. More info


More info in Spanish 


(Credit: "Saint John of the Cross" by Robert Lentz)


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Please give now at my GoFundMe page.

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Thank you! Accomplishments this year include publication of my new book and 30 percent growth in page views. More info  

Readers say: "Some of our best resources, that push the edges and make us re-evaluate, do not have a regular source of funding. This one is well worth your donation."  

Watch gay Passion of Christ book video 

 Passion Book Trailer
Watch the book video about our new book "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision." See close-ups of art showing Jesus as a gay man of today in a modern city. The video features an interview with author KittredgBook cover Passion of Christ A Gay Visione Cherry.

News reports about the book's successful battle with Facebook censorship are posted on the book's website.


There's still time to get it before Christmas.
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Queer Christmas gifts and cards


Jonathan & David by Robert Lentz

Want to give a Christmas present that expresses your spirituality? Looking for just the right gift for that LGBTQ loved one? You don't even have to be queer to love the innovative icons on sale at


Trinity icons of same-sex couples and queer saints appear all year long as part of the LGBT Saints series at Jesus in Love. More info   


(Credit: "Jonathan and David" by Robert Lentz)  



Gay Nativity Xmas card
Gay/Lesbian Nativity Christmas cards 


What if the child of God was born to a lesbian or gay couple? Because, after all, LOVE makes a family, including the Holy Family.


Lesbian Nativity scene

Gay and lesbian Nativity photos by Kittredge Cherry are available as Christmas cards. Visit card shop 


The cards are true to the spirit of Christmas: God's child conceived in an extraordinary way. More info  




 Gay Jesus books 

And for the hard-to-please queer who already has everything, check out the Top 20 Gay Jesus books. Nobody has them all!

Click to see past Christmas highlights from the Jesus in Love


Some children see Him queer or gay: Rainbow Christmas carol


Christmas chant honors Christ the bridegroom: Cum ortus


Blasphemy debate on queer Nativity (2013)

Christmas favorites from years past 


Gay baby Jesus comes out on Christmas billboard in New Zealand


Gay Nativity scene in Columbia sparks outrage

Hate crime targets gay and lesbian Nativity scene at California church


Christina Rossetti: Queer writer of Christmas carols


Lesbian couple portrays Madonna (Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin)

Lesbian Madonna, lover and son affirm Christmas (B.J. Harrelson)

Transwoman Jesus tells Christmas story (Jo Clifford)


As we wait for God to be born among us, may the goodwill of the holiday season fill your heart and home with joy. 

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