The Queerituality Project (rhymes with "spirituality") is a collection of portraits and stories from LGBTQ people about their religious journeys and their spiritual lives. The Project records the stories of people who:
The Project particularly seeks to include people of color, those who are HIV+, and those who come from evangelical, orthodox and non-Christian backgrounds.
The individuals who participate in this project continue to evolve in their thinking and in their experiences, as we all do. For that reason, the conversations are dated. Moreover, the narratives online here capture just a part of their many multi-faceted identities. I am grateful to them for sharing what they did, and for being mindful of their privacy and safety with any aspects that they chose not to discuss in such a public way.
These first-person narratives are the results of face-to-face interactions that have been transcribed. The resulting text is edited for clarity and style, with the participant giving the final approval.
A Queerituality Project conversation is not an interview with a specific list of questions. With subject matter that runs so deep, questions can actually limit the possible conversation. Instead, it’s a chance for participants to reflect on the important ways that queerness and spirituality have interacted in their lives. Participants decide where to start, what topics to cover in the middle, and when they've come to an end. I bring an audio recorder and helps to create an open space. Then the magic happens. After the conversation, I type up a transcript of the participants' reflections. (Wonderful volunteers help with this process as well!) If any edits need to made for clarity, the participant approves them before we finalize the story.
The strength of this process is reflected in the many diverse stories that have been told during the Project.