Posted by: aronmwrites | June 27, 2008

Cross-dressing saints want to celebrate Pride, too

Joan of Arc, PAWhen it crossed my inbox yesterday, this piece in USA Today struck me as same old, same old.  If only I’d actually read it instead of skimming.

At first glance, it’s just a story about another archdiocese telling a church that TEH GAY and the Church don’t tango (or, as Dennis McGrath, archdiocese spokesperson delicately said: “That descriptor (LGBT) was not possible on church property.”).  But check out the name of the church: the parish of St. Joan of Arc.   

Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something incredibly entertaining about the thought of the the Catholics telling a church named after a cross-dressing, unmarried, non-childbearing saint that they can’t have a prayer service in honor of Pride season.  Really now?  The Church has a long history of sainting gender-bending women – Hildegund, Margarita, Athanasia, and Marina all join Joan of Arc in the ranks of cross-dressing, female-bodied saints of the Catholic Church.  Obviously there is a difference between our current understanding of transgender, butch, etc., and these saints, but I still think it’s hilarious.    

(Photo credit: Sasha Azevedo)


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