Every community presents Jesus in their own way. There’s black Jesus, Asian Jesus — and now queer Jesus to heal the damage done in Christ’s name. The queer Christ embodies God’s wildly inclusive love for all.
Nobody knows whether the historical Jesus was attracted to other men. Some groundbreaking scholars do believe that he felt same-sex attractions. Being human, Jesus must have had erotic feelings. Being divine, Christ lives in individuals of every sexual orientation and gender identity.
When they crucified Jesus, they did violence to everyone who has ever dared to be different. Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me.” In that sense, it is entirely appropriate to show a gay Jesus on the cross.
The gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, or same gender loving Jesus is too queer for most Christians, but too Christian for most of the LGBT community. Those who dare to present Christ as queer have been accused of blasphemy. Many have had their work censored or destroyed. Jesus in Love has gathered some of these liberating visions for all to see.
Click for profiles of artists, writers, theologians and others who present the queer Christ. Profiles were written by Kittredge Cherry for the Jesus in Love Blog. More will be added later.
Jeremy Bentham: Homosexuality of Jesus explored by 18th-century philosopher
Douglas Blanchard: Gay Passion of Christ series
Bill Burch: Blasphemy charge aids queer Jesus photo project
Mary Button: LGBT Stations of the Cross show struggle for equality
Patrick Cheng: Rethinking Sin and Grace for LGBT People
Patrick Cheng and Kittredge Cherry: LGBT flag reveals the queer Christ in Rainbow Christ Prayer
Kittredge Cherry: Gay Jesus art censorship talk
Kittredge Cherry and Patrick Cheng: Rainbow Christ prayer
Kittredge Cherry: Excerpts from “At the Cross,” fictional autobiography of a queer Christ
Louis Clay (né Crew) poem: Christ, what did you feel when your beloved John lay across your lap?
Jo Clifford: 300 protest transwoman Jesus play
Pat Condell: British comic jests about gay Jesus
Brian Day: Conjuring Jesus poems offer homoerotic taste of heaven
Damon de Winters: Banned photo shows gay Christ figure
Alex Donis: What if Christ and Krishna made love?
Elton John calls Jesus gay
Fernando Bayona Gonzalez: Protests end gay Jesus exhibit in Spain
Peter Grahame: Exploring Jesus the bisexual
Paul Hartman: Fear, faith and gay Jesus discussed in author interview
Alfred Hrdlicka: Austria censors gay Last Supper after U.S. pressure
Carlos Latuff: Gay Christ wears rainbow flag
Kenneth Low: New book “Dark Knowledge” shows closeted gay Jesus
Robert Recker: German photos show gay Passion of Christ
Will Roscoe: Author discusses “Jesus and the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love”
Miguel Santana: Jesus has male lover in Marien Revelation novel
Hugo Schwyzer: Jesus as lover
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Is hunky Jesus contest liberating or offensive?
Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin: Gay Jesus art sparks violence... and hope
Christopher Olwage: Gay Jesus painting shown in New Zealand
Dirk Vanden: Gay Jesus vision appears in new mystery novel
Alexander von Agoston: Sex and spirit mix on new Jesus book cover
Andrew Craig Williams and Kittredge Cherry: New rainbow version of Christmas carol says, “Some children see Him queer or gay”
Conchita Wurst: Sacred Heart icon of bearded drag queen goes viral
Emanuel Xavier: Poet imagines “if Jesus were gay”
Pride photo: Maybe Jesus was gay
Greece: Blasphemy charges filed for Greek gay Jesus play “Corpus Christi”
New Zealand: Gay baby Jesus comes out on Christmas billboard
Ohio: “Jesus is not a homophobe” shirt speaks on Day of Silence for LGBT youth
United Kingdom: Proud Jesus blesses LGBT Pride parades
Cartoon shows GLBT rights on the cross
Billboards show gay-friendly Jesus
Obama aide blasted for gay Jesus video (“I Will Survive” remix)
Folsom Street Fair poster: Queering the Last Supper
Gay Jesus art delights people at art fest (Taos, 2007)
Christmas chant honors Christ the bridegroom: Cum ortus fuerit sol de Caelo
“Corpus Christi” play: Gay Jesus kiss behind the scenes
Maisonneuve: Jesus wears rainbow shroud on new “Gays for God” magazine cover
Mystical same-sex marriage affirmed in Renaissance art and new book "Saintly Brides and Bridegrooms”
Pacific School of Religion: New seminary course covers queer Christ in art
Slate Project: New Queer Christ video created for ReLENT online series
Patrick Cheng: Erotic Christ / Rethinking sin and grace for LGBT people
Hunter Flournoy: Teacher says we are the erotic body of Christ
Adrian Ravarour and Christopher Flores: Sacred gay union with Christ evoked by music of New-Age “Passion of Mark”
Eric Hays-Strom: An Erotic Encounter with the Divine
Richard Stott: Gay artist paints “Intimacy with Christ” and reflects on sensual spirituality
John Waiblinger and Chad Mitchell; John Ollom: Erotic gay soul explored in two new illustrated books