We three queans of Christendom are
bearing gifts we traverse afar,
lay and clergy, collared and mitred,
following yonder star.
Born a quean in ECUSA’s plain,
INTEGRITY I bring to my king;
king for ever, ceasing never,
over us all to reign.
Born a quean of holy Rome,
DIGNITY I bring to God’s throne.
Prayers and praising, all souls raising,
worship God and God alone.
Passion’s mine. Its loving perfume
breathes a life of gathering room,
panting, sighing, living, dying,
Creator’s sport and womb.
Glorious now behold God arise,
King and God, and Sacrifice,
heav’n sings Alleluia:
Alleluia the earth replies.
Oh, oh, star of wonder, star of light…….
A prolific author and lifelong campaigner for the acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people by Christians and in the mainline church, Louie Clay founded IntegrityUSA, a gay-acceptance group within the Episcopal Church, while teaching at Fort Valley State University in 1974. He married Ernest Clay in 1974 and then again in 2013, when marriage equality had become the law of the land. Known as Louie Crew for most of his life, he took his partner’s surname in his later years.