The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision.
The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision
Kittredge Cherry, author
Douglas Blanchard, illustrator
The Apocryphile Press
1328 Montecito Circle, Los Angles, CA 90031
9781940671406, $38.95, 150pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision" introduces Jesus as a gay man of today and living in a contemporary city. In stunning new images by Douglas Blanchard, the modern Christ figure is jeered by fundamentalists, tortured by Marine look-alikes, and rises again to enjoy homoerotic moments with God. His surprisingly diverse friends join him on a journey from suffering to freedom. Readers call it "accessible but profound." Some are moved to tears. The 24 paintings in the gay Passion cover Jesus' final days, including his arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. A queer Passion is important now because Christianity is being used to justify hate and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Each image is accompanied by insightful commentary, plus a short prayer and scripture. If Jesus came back today, would he be crucified all over again? Would we even recognize him? "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision" is relevant to such enduring questions.
Critique: Douglas Blanchard's impressive artwork is a perfect compliment to Kittredge Cherry's thoughtful and thought-provoking story. Deftly written and superbly illustrated, "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision" is a very highly recommended and rewarding read--especially for members of the LGBT community and enlightened Christians regardless of their denominational affiliation.