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The Journey of a Gay Jesus

James Brandon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Brandon

Could Jesus have been gay? This is not a new question for many theologians, and certainly not for me. I've played the central role in Terrence McNally's gay passion play Corpus Christi for the past nine years now. And with that exploration has come this beautiful yin and yang of backlash and catharsis that has transcended art and completely transformed my life as I knew it.

The 'Controversy' of Corpus Christi

James Brandon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Brandon

In 1998 when Terrence McNally wrote a play about a young gay Jesus, you might have thought the world was coming to an end.

What If Jesus Was Gay?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

What if Jesus was gay? This is the premise of Terrence McNally's controversial play, "Corpus Christi," that originally appeared at the Manhattan Th...

Being Gay Is a Religious Right

James Brandon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Brandon

Living from a place of fully loving every part of yourself, especially when confronted head-on with the haters, is not only the path to a deep spiritual awakening; it is exactly what Jesus faced on His own prophesied path.

What Would Jesus Do? (Part 2): Forgive Your Greatest Enemy

James Brandon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Brandon

I've been blessed to speak the phrase "forgive your greatest enemy" hundreds of times around the world as I play "gay Jesus" in Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi. The privilege of performing a role for this long is that you're afforded a deeper connection to the feelings behind the words.

For Some, It's The Gay Jesus Play, For Me It's The Body Of Christ, Broken For Me

Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion

By Nic Arnzen Religion News Service (RNS) As a Catholic boy growing up in Iowa, I was always drawn to Communion. There was something deeply powerf...

What Would Jesus Do?

James Brandon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Brandon

The words "Jesus" and "gay" seem to be intertwining a lot lately. While the concept of the LGBT community and the life of Christ may be new to some, it's certainly something I'm very used to, having played a gay Jesus in the play Corpus Christi for the past six years.