June 2019: Pride Month
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From Kittredge Cherry / Jesus in Love
Polish LGBTQ activist arrested
for rainbow Virgin Mary posters
A Polish LGBTQ activist was arrested for “offending religious sentiments” with posters showing the Virgin Mary and Christ child with a rainbow halos. “This arrest offends MY religious sentiments as a queer Christian minister!” said Q Spirit founder Kittredge Cherry in a protest letter to the Polish government. Amnesty International organized a campaign to stop government harassment of Polish activist Elżbieta Podleśna. More info
Jesus returns to God with homoerotic hug
Christ receives a homoerotic embrace in the controversial Ascension Day painting from Doug Blanchard's gay Passion of Christ series. Churches emphasize that Jesus ascended to heaven bodily -- in the flesh -- so it's appropriate for the painting to have a physical, erotic component. More info
Joan of Arc: Crossdressing
warrior-saint and LGBTQ hero
Joan 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 inspiring role model for LGBTQ people of faith. More info
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New in June: LGBTQ Christian books
Three new books are added this month to Q Spirit's

The Gospel of Inclusion: A Christian Case for LGBT+ Inclusion in the Church” by Brandan J. Robertson. 

A Rabbi and a Preacher Go to a Pride Parade: And Other Musings, Sermons, and Such” by Bert Montgomery.

Bobbi and Soul,” romance novel about a lesbian priest, by J.B. Marsden.
Uganda Martyrs raise queer questions 
Tough questions about religion and LGBTQ rights are raised by the Uganda Martyrs. Forty-five Ugandan male pages refused to have sex with their king after they converted to Christianity in 1886 -- so he executed them. They were canonized, leaving some truths hidden by their halos. More info
Cartoon: God and Gay Pride
Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit join the joyous crowd marching for LGBTQ Pride in “God and Gay Pride” by David Hayward, also known as nakedpastor. The cartoon shows the Holy Trinity celebrating the full spectrum of human sexuality and gender identity. More info
Rainbow Christ Prayer:
LGBTQ flag reveals the queer Christ
Colors of the LGBTQ rainbow flag reveal the many faces of the queer Christ in the Rainbow Christ Prayer.  It begins, "Rainbow Christ, you embody all the colors of the world." Kittredge Cherry and Patrick Cheng wrote the prayer based on his book "From Sin to Amazing Grace." More info

The Rainbow Christ Prayer is  translated into 14 languages.
Gloria Anzaldúa: Queer feminist Chicana scholar of spiritual activism
Gloria Anzaldúa was an influential queer Latina feminist scholar. She died on May 15, 2004 at age 61. One of the first openly lesbian Chicana writers, she grew up in Texas near the U.S.-Mexico border. She challenges binary thinking by writing about the marginal, mixed cultures that develop along borders -- and with her devotion to folk Catholic female icons. More info
Harvey Milk Day celebrates equality
Equality for all is celebrated May 22 on Harvey Milk Day, the birthday of the LGBTQ rights pioneer. Born May 22, 1930, he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 and assassinated on Nov. 27, 1978. Milk was the first openly gay elected official in California. He has been called a martyr for LGBTQ rights -- and all human rights. One of his most famous quotes is, “Hope will never be silent.”  More info
Rosa Bonheur: Crossdressing painter honored "androgyne Christ"
Rosa Bonheur, the most famous 19th-century female artist, was a cross-dresser who had a “divine marriage” with a woman and honored the “androgyne Christ.” She died on May 25, 1899. She rewrote the “Hail Mary” prayer to say: “Hail, O earth full of grace, the living God is with you. Blessed are you among all the planets.... Holy earth, mother of love, pour out your grace on those who suffer, now and in our divine transformation.” More info
Dear Friend

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride this month -- while remembering history and facing current challenges such as the Rainbow Mary arrest in Poland. May the queer saints and the Rainbow Christ be with you!

Kittredge Cherry
Kittredge Cherry
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THEY: A Biblical Tale of Secret Genders ” by Janet Mason.
Gender-fluid and gender-nonconforming characters act on their passions in this Bible-based novel, narrated from the point of view of Tamar from the Scriptures. The story is lifesaving for the LGBTQ community and liberating to others. Adelaide Books (New York/Lisbon).
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