I just wish to admonish one about inferring what we understand today as true same-sex coupling upon Christ, John or Judas.
Liberal Crozier, I'm not sure I understand what you are trying to say. I do want to point out that my remarks were meant to be humorous.
How I see it (sans humor): The category of "gay" did not exist in Jesus' time as we know it today. The extent of the intimacy of Jesus' relationship with the Beloved Disciple is unknown and will remain unknown forever. I personally see Jesus as capable of same-sex love, but that's quite possibly something like the millions of westerners who see Jesus as a bisque-white male with blond hair & blue eyes: we see what we want (need?) to see when we imagine the Christ. Some people find sex so frightening they see Christ necessarily as a perpetual virgin.
I highly recommend you rent the movie Hairspray
. I fear you've been immersed in academia too long.
PS Is that Crozier as in Crozier Theological in Rochester? I very much want to do my doctorate there some day!!!!!