Women saints of special interest to LGBT people are listed here today because March is Women’s History Month. LGBT rights and women’s rights go together because both groups experience discrimination based on gender stereotypes.
LGBT Saints series by Kittredge Cherry. The series honors traditional and alternative saints, martyrs, mystics, heroes, holy people, deities and religious figures who are especially meaningful to LGBTQ people and our allies. Most are lesbians or queer themselves. This list is a work in progress and more names will be added.
Traditional Christian saints and holy womenClick on names for more info
Brigid and Darlughdach: Brigid loved her female soulmate
Esther and Vashti: Biblical queens inspire LGBT writers
Our Lady of Guadalupe: Artists imagine Queer Lady of Guadalupe
Hildegard of Bingen and Richardis: Mystic who loved women
Joan of Arc: Cross-dressing warrior-saint
Juana Ines de la Cruz: Mexican nun who loved a countess
Julian of Norwich: Medieval mystic celebrating Mother Jesus
Martha and Mary of Bethany: Sisters or lesbian couple?
Mary, Diana and Artemis: Feast of Assumption has lesbian goddess roots
Mary Magdalene: Undeserved reputation for sexual sins
Perpetua and Felicity: Friends to the end
Ruth and Naomi: Love between women in the Bible
Wilgefortis: Bearded woman saint
Marcella Althaus-Reid: Queer theology pioneer
Artemisia Gentileschi: Baroque rape survivor paints strong Biblical women
Kuan Yin: Reflecting the queer Asian Christ
Saints of Stonewall: Launched LGBT rights movement
We'wha of Zuni: Two-spirited Native American remembered on Columbus Day
Artist paints holy lesbians and other women: Interview with Angela Yarber
LGBT Saints Series (male, female and everything in between) by Kittredge Cherry
This post is part of the GLBT Saints series by Kittredge Cherry at the Jesus in Love Blog. Saints, martyrs, mystics, heroes, holy people, deities and religious figures of special interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and queer people and our allies are covered on appropriate dates throughout the year.