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Radical Saints

A devotional calendar of saints, festivals and memorials for Radicals

February 20th – Marcella Althaus-Reid

Marcella Althaus-Reid

11th May 1952 – 20th February 2009

“All theology is sexual theology. Indecent Theology is sexier than most. What can sexual stories from fetishism and sadomasochism tell us about our relationship with God, Jesus and Mary? Isn’t it time the Christian heterosexuals came out of their closets too?”

Indecent Theology, Marcella Althaus-Reid


 

Marcella Althaus-Reid was an Argentinean Theologian specialising in Liberation, Queer and Feminist theology. She is most known for coining the term ‘Indecent theology’, which is a theology of sexuality that crosses boundaries by taking experiences from those considered “indecent” by patriarchal, heterosexual society and uses the experiences found in taboo sexual practices such as Fetishism and S&M as starting points for theological discourse.  She worked as Professor of Theology at the University of Edinburgh and at the time of her appointment was the only woman professor of theology in the country. Continue reading “February 20th – Marcella Althaus-Reid”

February 19th – Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera

2nd July 1951 – 19th February 2002

 

“Hell hath no Fury like a Drag Queen scorned.”

Sylvia Rivera


Sylvia Rivera was a Drag queen and prominent LGBTI+ rights activist. She was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, the Gay Activists Alliance and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. She dedicated her life to raising awareness of homeless trans youth, drag queens and trans women of colour.
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February 18th – Barbara Gittings

Barbara Gittings

31st July 1932 – 18th February 2007

for 48 years I’ve had the satisfaction of working with other gay people all across the country to get the bigots off our backs, to oil the closet door hinges, to change prejudiced hearts and minds, and to show that gay love is good for us and for the rest of the world too. It’s hard work — but it’s vital, and it’s gratifying, and it’s often fun!”

Barbara Gittings 


Barbara Gittings was an early Gay rights activist in America. After discovering the severe lack of educational materials on homosexuality during her early teens Barbara dedicated her life to raising awareness and making positive teaching material more easily available for gay and lesbian people. 

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February 11th – Jarena Lee

Jarena Lee

11th February 1783 – 1864

““And why should it be thought impossible, heterodox, or improper for a woman to preach? Seeing the Saviour died for the woman as well as for the man. If the man may preach, because the Saviour died for him, why not the woman? Seeing he died for her also. Is he not a whole Saviour, instead of a half one?”

Jarena Lee


Jarena Lee was an African American free woman who, after an intense religious awakening, became the first women authorized to preach in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America. Continue reading “February 11th – Jarena Lee”

January 30th – Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

2nd October 1869 – 30th January 1948

“The Weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”

All Men are Brothers, Mahatma Gandhi


Mahatma Gandhi was a political leader in India who fought a peaceful revolution of civic disobedience against the British colonial forces.

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January 20th – St Sebastian

St Sebastian 

20th January

Saint Sebastian was a third century christian martyr from Milan. The many famous depictions of his martyrdom have made him a popular icon in the gay and fetish scenes.

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January 10th – David Bowie

David Bowie

8th January 1947 – 10th January 2016

David Bowie was an English rock star who made a name for himself creating various personas and characters that mirrored different aspects of himself. He is regarded not just for his musical output but for his pioneering fluid representations of gender and sexuality.

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January 3rd – Mary Daly

Mary Daly

16th October 1928 – 3rd January 2010

“It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of god.”

Beyond God the Father, Mary Daly


Mary Daly was an American radical feminist theologian who famously wrote that “if God is male then male is God”.
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January 1st – CRH Mardi Gras Ball

CRH Mardi Gras Ball

1st January

 

In 1964 the Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH) formed with the idea of bringing different Christian leaders together with leaders in the Gay community in San Francisco to discuss Gay issues and pursue more rights for the gay community. To raise funds for the organisation a costume ball was put on at California Hall in San Francisco on 1st January 1965 and was attended by both clergy members and gay couples.

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December 31st – Brandon Teena

Brandon Teena

12th December 1972 – 31st December 1993

Brandon Teena was a transgender man whose murder on 31st December 1993 was the basis for the film Boys Don’t Cry.

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December 28th – Holy Innocents

Slaughter of the Holy Innocents

28th December 

 

In a stark contrast to the joy and light of Christmas day Matthew’s Gospel records an event which ranks amongst some of the most violent and horrific in the Bible.

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December 23rd – The Grimké Sisters

Sarah Moore Grimké & Angelina Emily Grimké Weld 

26nd November 1792 – 23rd December 1873 & 20th February 1805 – 26t October 1879

“This idea of woman’s being “the last gift of God to man,” however pretty it may sound to the ears of those who love to discourse upon. ” The poetry of romantic gallantry, and the generous promptings of chivalry,” has nevertheless been the means of sinking her from an end into a mere means – of turning her into an appendage to man, instead of recognizing her as a part of man – of destroying her individuality, and rights, and responsibilities, and merging her moral being in that of man. Instead of Jehovah being her king, her lawgiver, her judge, she has been taken out of the exalted scale of existence in which He placed her, and subjected to the despotic control of man”

Letter XII Human Rights Not Founded on Sex, Angelina Emily Grimké


The Grimké sisters were the first great female abolitionist and feminist authors in the United States.

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