Here are just a few of the most famous: Jeanne d’Arc is not just the most famous LGBTI saint but the most famous saint full-stop. But an angel appeared to her in a vision and told her God wanted her to lead the French fight against the English in the Hundred Years War.
And he added: St Francis is one of the best-loved religious figures in history, famous for hugging lepers and showing compassion to animals.
What you probably don’t know is he encouraged the other Franciscan friars in his 13 century cloister to call him ‘mother’.
That still wasn’t enough to kill them and they gave each other the kiss of peace before a swordsman finished them off.
Perpetua’s diary became the ‘Passion of St Perpetua, St Felicitas, and their Companions’.
He had spent all his money paying ransoms for other captives.
So he went to Africa to offer himself to the Vandals in return for the widow’s son. But when the Vandal king realized his son-in-law’s slave was the Bishop of Nola, he set him free.
What better way to prove them wrong than with a list of LGBTI saints? They’ve deliberately erased many gay saints from official lists.
And we have to admit it is difficult to find hard historical evidence about most saints.
Even more surprisingly, he allowed a widow to enter the all-male friary, renaming her ‘Brother Jacoba’.