Art historians and academics have wrestled with visual depictions of Jesus for a long time. Although trivial hair and beard length disputes have been made, only until fairly recent years was the fact that Jesus was white ever contested.
In the 20th Century, and as movements pursuing the ancient Israelites expanded, the notion of a Black Jesus emerged. Scholars have also argued for an Asian Jesus. What writer, producer, actor and director Yuval David noticed was the absence of an LGBTQ+ depiction of Jesus.
This the subject of David’s upcoming documentary, “Wonderfully Made,” that explores the tension between LBTQ+ Catholics—who are often rejected from participating with their religion due to their sexuality and gender identity—and also have no visual representation, which is especially exclusionary in a faith where iconography plays such a huge role.