Queer Paganism. Who knew that that was a ‘thing,’ an issue, a community? I certainly didn’t aside from a vague recollection that the one drag queen I know back home might be Wiccan. Editor Kris Wombat of The Bent Pentacle writes that she intends this zine as a place to build the community for those of a Queer Pagan mentality, and the zine reveals that there is a definite, if small, community there. One entry tells of the author’s experience at the world’s only Queer Pagan Camp. Others focus on the connection between pagan spirituality and a queer mentality, personal stories of discovering paganism in the UK, and the problematic gender role assignment in some pagan communities.
I love the fact that this Zine exists because it takes the ideology and issues of a small number of people and puts them together in a sort of meeting place of ideas, a niche community where people of a specific core identity can share ideas with others of a similar belief system. Furthermore, the mere existence of The Bent Pentacle brings this community to light and invites the world at large to explore these ideas and issues.