Friday, March 23, 2012

Queer women saints honored for Women’s History Month

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.

Each woman’s name is linked to her individual profile in the 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 women
Click 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

Related links:

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.

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