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LGBT Saints

Jesus in Love honors traditional and alternative saints, martyrs, mystics, prophets, witnesses, heroes, holy people, humanitarians, deities and religious figures of special interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and queer people and our allies. Click for profiles in the LGBT Saints Series by Kittredge Cherry at the Jesus in Love Blog. More names will be added later.


Traditional Christian

Aelred: Gay saint of friendship

Avertanus, Romeo, Bartolo and Vivaldo: Patrons of the AIDS pandemic

Black Madonna becomes lesbian defender: Erzuli Dantor and Our Lady of Czestochowa

Saints Bernard of Clairvaux and Malachy: Honey-tongued abbot and the archbishop he loved

Blessed Bernardo de Hoyos: Mystical same-sex marriage with Jesus

Boris and George: United in love and death

Brigid and Darlughdach: Celtic saint loved her female soulmate

Gay centurion: Jesus heals a soldier’s boyfriend in the Bible

Esther, Vashti and eunuchs on Purim: Queer models for such a time as this

Ethiopian eunuch: A black gay man was the first Christian convert

David and Jonathan: Love between men in the Bible

Francis of Assisi’s queer side revealed by historical evidence

Queer Lady of Guadalupe: Artists re-imagine an icon

Hildegard of Bingen and Richardis: Medieval mystic and the woman she loved

Jacob and the angel: Wrestling to reconcile sexuality and spirituality

Joan of Arc: Cross-dressing warrior-saint

John of the Cross: Dark Night of a Gay Soul

John the Evangelist: Beloved Disciple of Jesus

Blessed John of La Verna: Kissed by Jesus

Madre Juana de la Cruz: Transgender saint of 16th-century Spain?

Sor Juana de la Cruz: Nun who loved a countess in 17th-century Mexico City

Julian of Norwich: Celebrating Mother Jesus

Lazarus: Jesus’ beloved disciple?

Lazarus: Seeking the “naked young man” of Mark’s gospel

Malachy of Armagh: Same-sex soulmate to Bernard of Clairvaux

Martha and Mary of Bethany: Sisters or lesbian couple?

Mary, Diana and Artemis: Feast of Assumption has lesbian goddess roots

Mary Magdalene’s many faces: Undeserved reputation for sexual sins

Blessed John Henry Newman and Ambrose St. John: Gay saint and his “earthly light” share romantic friendship

Perpetua and Felicity: Patron saints of same-sex couples

Saints Polyeuct and Nearchus: Brothers by affection

Ruth and Naomi: “Whither thou goest” (Love between women in the Bible)

Saint Sebastian: History’s first gay icon

Saints Sergius and Bacchus: Male couple martyred in ancient Rome

Symeon and John: Holy fool and hermit who loved each other

Uganda Martyrs raise questions on homosexuality, religion and LGBT rights

Saint Valentine: Marriage equality role model

Vivaldo and Bartolo: Love stronger than death for AIDS patron saints

Wenceslas and Podiven: Good (gay) King Wenceslas

Saint Wilgefortis: Bearded woman


New / Alternative

Marcella Althaus-Reid: Queer theology pioneer

Anonymous Priest of Sachsenhausen:  Holocaust Remembrance

Jeremy Bentham: Homosexuality of Jesus explored by 18th-century philosopher

Malcolm Boyd: Pioneering gay Episcopal priest

Mary Daly: Lesbian philosopher who went Beyond God the Father

Mark Bingham: Gay hero of 9/11 died fighting hijackers

John Boswell: Historian of gays and lesbians in Christianity

Tyler Clementi: Gay teen driven to suicide by bullies

FannyAnn Eddy: Lesbian martyr in Africa

Peter Gomes: Gay black Harvard minister preached “scandalous gospel”

Radclyffe Hall: Queer Christian themes mark banned book “Well of Loneliness”

Mychal Judge: Gay saint of 9/11 and chaplain to New York firefighters

David Kato: Ugandan LGBT rights activist (1964-2011)

Krishna: What if Christ and Krishna made love?

Kuan Yin: A queer Buddhist Christ figure

Jeanne Manford: PFLAG founder loved her gay son

Harvey Milk: LGBT rights pioneer stood for equality

Pauli Murray: Queer saint who stood for racial and gender equality

Henri Nouwen: Author-priest who struggled with his homosexuality

Adrienne Rich: lesbian poet with spiritual impulses

Christina Rossetti: Queer writer of Christmas carols and lesbian poetry

Rumi: Poet and Sufi mystic inspired by same-sex love

Bayard Rustin: Gay saint of civil rights and non-violence

Allen Schindler: Gay martyr in the military

Vida Dutton Scudder: Lesbian saint, teacher and reformer

Matthew Shepard: Modern gay martyr and hate-crime victim

Adele Starr and others: Patron saints for straight allies of LGBT people

Saints of Stonewall inspire LGBT justice — and art

Alan Turing: Codebreaker honored in queer spiritual art

UpStairs Lounge martyrs remembered 40 years later: 32 died in deadliest attack on LGBT people

We’wha of Zuni: Two-spirit Native American bridged genders

Jemima Wilkinson: Queer preacher reborn in 1776 as “Publick Universal Friend”


More info

Calendar of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Saints (Paul Halsall)

Why we need LGBT saints (A queer theology of sainthood)

LGBT litany of the saints: Harvey Milk, pray for us; Joan of Arc, pray for us...

LGBT-friendly memorial for All Saints, All Souls and Day of the Dead

Santos Queer (Spanish translations of Kittredge Cherry’s articles on LGBT saints)

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