Two happy fathers smile over their new son Jesus in photos by Andrew Craig Williams as the 2011 Queer Nativity series ends at the Jesus in Love Blog.
Seven people from three countries created more than a dozen images to reimagine the first Christmas in liberating, loving new ways that affirm LGBT people. I hope that you had as much fun looking at these pictures as we had creating them! Contributors came from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some are artists while others created a kind of “folk art” out of the desire to decorate their homes with Nativities that express their faith as LGBT Christians.
Williams is an artist and writer based in Wales who blogs at andrewcraigwilliams.blogspot.com. Jesus really did have two daddies -- Joseph and the God whom he referred to as his “Father in heaven.” Williams provide a joyful, holy image of what gay fatherhood can look like. His gay Nativity scenes restore the childlike wonder of Christmas, a spirit that has been lost by many LGBT people due to discrimination by churches. Every child is the Christ child, including the queer children and the children of gay parents.
These photos grow out of Williams own love for toys. He actually creates toys and other objects as an artist, but in this case he bought a toy Nativity set. Here is how he described it on his blog: “After seeing some lovely pictures of gay and lesbian nativity scenes on Jesus in Love, I wanted my own. It took me two years to find a set I really loved, and finally I now have one. It’s a Fisher Price nativity set, with an extra Joseph ordered from America.”
Happily his gay Nativity set is now out on display in my home, Williams say, “as it will be for years to come.”
In addition to his brightly colored manger scene, Williams played with filters to make the pictures appear old, like photos from the 1950s or 60s. His purpose was “to show that a gay nativity is not new or shocking, just something that people have been celebrating for years.”
His old-style photos inspired me to dig out a 1962 photo of myself playing with a manger scene as a little girl. Now it’s included in the Queer Nativity series too.
A more adult-oriented queer Nativity by Williams can be seen in our previous post Matthew and Joseph are pregnant.
Click here to view the whole 2011 Queer Nativity series.
Click the following headlines to see other images in the Queer Nativity series:
Queer Nativity 1: Manger scene as gay adoption party
“Blaine and Patrick's Adoption Party 1” by Baub Alred
The image highlights the radical nature of Christ’s birth in two ways -- by presenting his parents as an inter-racial couple as well as a same-sex couple.
“Adam and Steve, the Gay Shepherd Couple” by Archbishop Mark Shirilau
Some of the shepherds in Bethlehem on the first Christmas must have felt same-sex attractions... An outdoor light-up Nativity scene.
Queer Nativity 3: No room at the manger for LGBT people
“Nativity Bouncer” by Jon Trouten
There was no room at the inn for the Holy Family, and there is no room in many churches today for LGBT people who want to get closer to Jesus.
LGBTQ Nativity 4: Queer Magi visit Mary, Josephine and Jesus
“Queer Nativity” by Marie-Louise Thurton
Three queer Magi bring gifts to Mary, Josephine and baby Jesus in a Nativity scene sculpted by Marie-Louise Thurton. Instead of the traditional three kings, her Magi are a drag king, a drag nun and a LGBTQ-rights activist.
Queer Nativity 5: Matthew and Joseph are pregnant
“Matthew and Joseph are Pregnant” by Andrew Craig Williams
Christmas is about a miraculous pregnancy: a baby born to a virgin. If God can do that, then why not make a man pregnant? Andrew Craig Williams envisions a man carrying the Christ child in his womb.
Queer Nativity 6: A lesbian look at the virgin birth
“We Were All Set to Go with the Artificial Insemination Option” by Madpriest and Kittredge Cherry
A humorous lesbian look at the virgin birth is presented in a fun picture of two Madonnas
Queer Nativity 7: 1962 photo of 4-year-old Kitt playing with manger scene
I dug out a 1962 photo of myself at age 4 playing around with a Nativity scene. I was a lesbian-to-be adding elephants, hippos, lions, frogs, skunks and other creatures to the manger scene. How queer!
For more about the lesbian and gay Nativity scenes, see our previous posts:
Gay and lesbian nativity scenes show love makes a family
(My reflection on how and why I started doing queer manger scenes)
Conservatives attack our lesbian and gay Nativity scenes
Video: Gay and lesbian manger scenes show love makes a family
Gay and lesbian Nativity cards
Keep coming back for more queer Nativity scenes now through Christmas at the Jesus in Love Blog !