News

Resurrected: Jesus, Queen of Heaven

Resurrected: Jesus, Queen of Heaven

Back in 2009, Jo Clifford, above, caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth when she portrayed Jesus Christ as a transgender woman at the Glasgay! arts festival.

The show, according to this report, sparked outrage. The Christian Institute was aghast, and droves of angry Christian protesters picketed the theatre, holding signs that read:

God: ‘My Son Is Not A Pervert’.

Box office staffers received death threats, and a plain-clothed police officer was in attendance at the live performance to make sure Clifford didn’t get attacked.

Though she was “traumatised” at the time by the fury of the faith-heads, Jo (formerly John) Clifford, 65, who identifies as a trans woman, continued to perform The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven in churches and theatres across the country with far fewer negative reactions, and has even garnered interest from international theatres.

It’s been moving and exciting to see how many Christian people are supporting me now, as well as non-believers. It seems to speak to them in a way that I find really beautiful.

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, will be performed once again at the Outburst Queer Arts Festival in Northern Ireland on November 15.

Clifford said:

There’s a little sermon that reminds the audience that Jesus never had a single word of condemnation for transpeople. The show is a reminder that we have existed throughout this world and many cultures have accepted and celebrated our existence.

Clifford is a practicing Christian, but not a conventional “churchy” sort.

It was very clear to me that the only way I could belong to the church was through being in the closet and living a lie.

Now, she credits her renewed Christian devotion to a particularly LGBTI-friendly church she attends in Edinburgh.

10 responses to “Resurrected: Jesus, Queen of Heaven”

  1. L.Long says:

    Well he did hang out with a bunch of guys and never married, strange how gay marriage is not allowed and he never married…HHMMMMMmmmmm interesting thought there. May be he was gay or transgender. Hell, he may have been a girl dressed as a guy, as girls had no real power it happened before. Will never know as it is impossible to determine the truth in a mythic story.

  2. Laura Roberts says:

    @L.Long: hey, just write some fan fiction and you can make him whatever you like! Jesus the sweet transvestite, transsexual Transylvanian. With mythology, the truth is whatever you want it to be.

  3. Trevor Blake says:

    “Jesus never had a single word of condemnation for transpeople. ” That is, except for saying every jot and tittle of ‘the law’ (found in what we now call the Old Testament) must be followed, which would include the public murder of those we now call transpeople. Except for that, yes.

    Jesus never had a single word of condemnation for slavery. Now that is a solid fact.

  4. Stephen Mynett says:

    I think the next statement on this line should be: “Jesus never had a single word.”
    I am not convinced he existed.

  5. Lurker111 says:

    From elsewhere on the ‘net:

    “Jesus identified as male, but never had a Y chromosome.”

    (Because the “H” in “Jesus H. Christ”stands for “haploid.”)

  6. pinkthink says:

    There never was any such person anyway. Its all myth, handed down hearsay, confected tales, false declarations of fulfilled prophesies all mixed up and rewritten over and over again to suit the agenda of those who wanted religiopolitical power, wealth, control and influence. And we are still burdened and retarded with it today.

  7. Stephen Mynett says:

    The truth is a lot simpler. Elvis did not die, he fell backwards through a time-warp. This also explains why the original title of one of his hits was All Nailed Up.

  8. barriejohn says:

    Jesus never had a single word of condemnation for gay people either. As Trevor Blake reminds us: why would he? Jewish law was perfectly clear about it, so there was no need for any special pronouncement. The ignorance of some people amazes me!

  9. AgentCormac says:

    God: ‘My Son Is Not A Pervert’.

    Bill Donohue: ‘And neither are all those pervert, child-abusing priests. It’s all a complete lie!!!’