Queerituality is an idea that emerged fully formed several weeks ago, and I have been working since then to get the project online. Beginning this spring, I will be publishing portraits of LGBT people, along with interviews about their spiritual lives. This summer I will start a road trip to collect even more stories. You can recommend someone to interview here.
Since I first awoke with this idea, several relevant things have happened:
- The world watched as the Catholic Cardinals named a new pope, Francis I, with progressive views on many things, but harsh words for gay marriage
- The Supreme Court of the U.S. heard arguments about California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act
- Jeff Chu is making news appearances about his book "Does Jesus Really Love Me?" - a journalistic look at American Christians' views on homosexuality
At a time when religion and LGBT rights routinely make the nightly news, our conversations on the subject are still very basic:
Queerituality is about those people in the purple category, whose lives encompass both their queer identity and their spirituality. Often these people are at the margins of religious communities, and sometimes of the LGBTQ community as well. (I have only seen one such person on TV: Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson.)
I am looking forward to helping more voices join this conversation. If you know of someone who fits into the purple section above, please recommend them to be interviewed.