Thursday, March 14, 2013

Station 10: Jesus stripped / AIDS spreads

Jesus is stripped of his garments as AIDS spreads in Station 10 from “Stations of the Cross: The Struggle For LGBT Equality” by Mary Button, courtesy of Believe Out Loud


1981: The first official documentation of GRID (Gay Related Infectious Disease, later renamed AIDS) was published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The images in this station are ones that illustrate the HIV virus.

Mini-commentary by Kittredge Cherry:

Jesus being stripped of his garments is a scene of loss… and the LGBT community lost thousands of people due to AIDS. I like the way the AIDS virus forms a halo for Jesus in this painting. We are the body of Christ, and we have AIDS.


“Stations of the Cross: The Struggle for LGBT Equality” is a new set of 14 paintings that link the crucifixion of Jesus with the history of LGBT people.

Artist Mary Button painted the LGBT Stations series for Believe Out Loud, an online network empowering Christians to work for LGBT equality. They invite churches and faith groups to download and use the images for free.

The whole series will also be shown here at the Jesus in Love Blog this week. Click here for an overview of the LGBT Stations by Kittredge Cherry, lesbian Christian author and art historian.

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