Queer I Stand
It's Hard to "Think of the Children"
My plan as far as younger people to whom I am not related, though, is a bit more definite and deliberate at this point. I am hoping that one of the sessions we present at PantheaCon this next year will be a ritual for the blessing and protection of young people, which will also be interactive. We will not only bless those present, but a second section of the ritual will involve different groups of those present creating blessings to do for everyone else. Everyone present will be involved in this, no matter what ages they might be. I hope that the younger people, rather than their adult relatives and friends who will also be present, take the lead in that part of the ritual, and that their ideas are respected and honored. There is nothing that prepares young people for future adult engagements and responsibilities than giving them a taste of these in a setting where they are not only protected and safe, but also respected, honestly listened to, and taken seriously rather than told what to do.
I hope this will be an occasion where that will be able to happen, and that it will result not only in a good ritual, but an occasion on which younger Pagans and polytheists will find their interests piqued and their imaginations stimulated in terms of their future spiritual engagements. Perhaps their older parents and friends also will find what we do to be of use to them as well, and they may get involved as families in our efforts. No religion that ignores the "traditional" family will last long, and whether a given family has LGBTQ children or not, engagement with a queer theological structure can certainly benefit them and add to the diversity of approach and respect for all people that is so often hailed as an ideal and a virtue within Pagan religious frameworks.
P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a metagender and a founding member of the Ekklesía Antínoou (a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist religious group dedicated to Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and other related gods and divine figures). E is a contributing member of Neos Alexandria and a Celtic Reconstructionist pagan in the filidecht and gentlidecht traditions. Follow Lupus' work on the Aedicula Antinoi blog.