SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – One of the nation’s most-inclusive mainstream congregations is under fire after officials banned the participation of drag performers on its premises. The LGBT-friendly Most Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church parish in San Francisco’s historically-gay Castro neighborhood is feeling the heat after allegedly banning all forms of drag on its premises.
The Castro Country Club, a gay sober-living recovery group, was reportedly told by parish officials that their annual Harvest Feast fundraiser would only be permitted on church property if drag queens were not allowed to take part. In refusing the parish’s ultimatum, the organization noted that “It is our organization’s policy to be inclusive and welcoming to all. Drag queens are no exception.”