Virginia Ramey Mollenkott celebrated her 75th birthday a few days ago. You may or may not know Virginia, but the odds are if you're reading this blog, your life has been touched by her work.
In 1978, Virginia Mollenkott co-authored (with Letha Dawson Scanzoni) the book Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? A Postive Christisan Response. God alone knows how many queer lives she saved with that book, which is still on the shelves, revised and re-isued, after 19 years. Yow!
I first ran into this handsome butch spiritual lesbian about ten years ago when we met at the now defunct A Different Light LGBT bookstore in New York City. Virginia has written 13 books, but my favorite remains Omnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach, in which she debunks the myth of religious "truth" of two and two only genders, and she does this religion by religion. It's amazing work.
About 50 of us attended a surprise party celebrating Virginia's 75th. Our instructions were to bring no presents, but we could bring anything in writing. So, in honor of one of my major hero/ines, I made my first ever comic book about Virginia Mollenkott. It's four full color pages, and you can read it online if you click right here, and click on the comic thumbnail you find at that link.
Lots of kisses to Virginia!