Jesus in Love celebrates religious and spiritual holidays, holy days, feast days, festivals, anniversaries, liturgical seasons and other occasions of special interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and queer people of faith and our allies. Click for reflections on the holidays by Kittredge Cherry at the Jesus in Love Blog. This calendar is a work in progress. An alphabetical list is available on our LGBT saints page.
Jan. 1 - Bridge of Light: Celebrate the New Year with rainbow candles!
Jan. 6 - Epiphany: 3 kings or 3 queens?
Jan. 12 - Aelred: Gay saint of friendship
Jan. 26 - David Kato: Ugandan LGBT activist
Feb/Mar - Ash Wednesday: Queer martyrs rise from the ashes
Feb to Apr - Lent: Rainbow cross lights the way for all
Feb. 1 - Brigid and Darlughdach: Brigid loved her female soulmate
Feb. 13 - Polyeuct (and Nearchus): Brothers by affection
Mar/Apr - Holy Week/Easter: Gay Passion of Christ series by Douglas Blanchard
Mar/Apr - Holy Week/Easter: Jesus in Love: At the Cross by Kittredge Cherry
Mar/Apr - Easter: Jesus Rises (Gay Passion of Christ)
Mar/Apr - Easter: Jesus Rises (Jesus in Love: At the Cross)
Mar/Apr - Kuan Yin’s birthday: Kuan Yin reflects the queer Asian Christ
March 7 - Perpetua and Felicity: Friends to the end
March 25 - Annunciation Day: Mary’s ecstasy
Apr/May - Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah): We all wear the triangle
April 17 - Juana Ines de la Cruz: Mexican nun who loved a countess
April 22 - Nearchus (and Polyeuct): Brothers by affection
April 22 - Earth Day: Bless the animals
May/June - Pentecost: Holy Spirit brings LGBT visions
May 8 - Julian of Norwich: Medieval mystic celebrating Mother Jesus
May (2nd Sunday) - Mother’s Day: Julian of Norwich honors Mother Jesus
May 22 - Harvey Milk Day (birthday): LGBT rights pioneer fought for equality
May 30 - Joan of Arc: Cross-dressing warrior-saint
June - LGBT Pride Month: Pride prayers and Pride hymns
June (3rd Sunday) - Father’s Day: Reimagining God the Father
June 24 - Hands Around the God Box (1994): Prayer protest for LGBT religious rights
June 28 - Stonewall uprising (1969): Saints of Stonewall launched LGBT movement
July 8 - Artemisia Gentileschi: Baroque rape survivor paints strong Biblical women
July 20 - Wilgefortis: Bearded woman saint
July 21 - Symeon and John: The holy fool and the hermit who loved each other
July 22 - Mary Magdalene: Undeserved reputation for sexual sins
July 24 - Boris and George: United in love and death
July 29 - Martha and Mary of Bethany: Sisters or lesbian couple?
Aug/Sep - Krishna’s birthday (Janmashtami): What if Christ and Krishna made love?
Aug. 11 - John Henry Newman and Ambrose St. John: Did the Pope beatify a gay saint?
Aug. 15 - Mary, Diana and Artemis: Feast of Assumption has lesbian goddess roots
Aug. 24 - Bayard Rustin: Gay hero who organized 1963 March on Washington
Sept. 11 - Mychal Judge: Gay saint of 9/11 and chaplain to New York firefighters
Sept. 11 - Mark Bingham: Gay hero of 9/11 died fighting hijackers
Sept. 17 - Hildegard of Bingen and Richardis: Mystic who loved women
Sept. 22 - Tyler Clementi: Gay martyr driven to suicide by bullies
Sept. 28 - Wenceslas and Podiven: Good (gay) King Wenceslas
Sept. 30 - Rumi: Poet and Sufi mystic inspired by same-sex love
October - LGBT History Month
Oct. 4 - Francis of Assisi: Loving across boundaries
Oct. 6 - Metropolitan Community Churches founded (1968)
Oct. 7 - Sergius and Bacchus: Ancient Roman soldiers and gay lovers
Oct. (2nd Monday) - Columbus Day: We’wha of Zuni: Two-spirited Native American remembered
Oct. 11- National Coming Out Day
Oct. 12 - Matthew Shepard: Gay martyr and university student
Oct. 20 - Spirit Day: Wear purple to support LGBT youth
Oct. 27 - Allen Schindler: Gay martyr and naval officer
Nov/Dec - Advent: From a closet fertilized by hope
Nov. 1 - All Saints Day: Memorial for All Saints / All Souls
Nov. 17 - JesusInLove.org founded (2005)
Nov. 20 - Transgender Day of Remembrance
Nov. 27 - Harvey Milk: LGBT rights pioneer assassinated (1978)
Dec. 1 - World AIDS Day: Patron saints of the pandemic bring hope
Dec. 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe: Artists imagine Queer Lady of Guadalupe
Dec. 14 - John of the Cross: Dark night of a gay soul
Dec. 17 - Lazarus of Bethany: Jesus’ beloved disciple?
Dec. 20 - Ruth and Naomi: Love between women in the Bible
Dec. 25 - Christmas: Queer cheer for Christmas
Dec. 27 - John the Evangelist: The man Jesus loved?
Dec. 28 - Holy Innocents Day: Queer genocide?
Dec. 29 - David and Jonathan: Love between men in the Bible
Dec. 31 - Bridge of Light: New Year’s Eve celebration with rainbow candles
Alphabetical list of LGBT saints (Jesus in Love)
Calendar of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Saints (Paul Halsall)
Calendar of LGBT / Queer Saints and Martyrs (Queering the Church)
Beautiful icons of many saints named above are available on plaques, cards, T-shirts, candles, mugs and more at TrinityStores.com.