Over the weekend, a Texas church became a lightning rod for protesters and counter-protesters alike when it invited members of “all ages” to a drag event in support of so-called “trans and exploratory” minors.
On Saturday evening, the First Christian Church of Katy, Texas, an affiliate of the Disciples of Christ denomination, hosted a drag queen bingo event that was billed as family fun.
“[W]We create a place where people feel welcome and understand that there will always be people who don’t agree with us,” he said Rev. Heather Tollesonthe pastor of the church.
The purpose of the bingo event — and the adult-only drag show later that night — was to raise funds for the church’s “Transparent Closet,” a resource where “trans and explorer teens, youth and young Adults” can find cross-gender clothing, shoes, and accessories like makeup.
The church itself claims to be “a place where all are welcome,” and nearly all of the events and services listed on its website relate to LGBTQ issues in some way.
However, the all-ages drag event has outraged many others in the community, including parents and members of other churches, who claim that drag queens and those who sponsor them have no business marketing such entertainment to children.
Rebecca Clark, a member of Fort Bend-based County Citizens Defending Freedom, condemned the drag bingo event.
“We are fed up with tolerating the exploitation and sexualization of our children in this country,” Clark said epoch times.
“Drag queens and kids don’t mix,” added CCDF’s Sarah Feigleson. “These events are taking place in your backyard.
Along with CCDF, members of the Proud Boys protested the event, as did other churches. Several Catholics prayed the Rosary.
Across the street were supporters of Family Drag Bingo Day. Antifa members wore all black and covered their faces. Others not associated with Antifa proudly displayed their identity and support for exposing children to LGBTQ-themed entertainment.
“[D]A rag in itself is just a costume,” said an unnamed man, who wore a face mask and held a Pride flag. “It’s no different than someone dressing up like a superhero at a comic convention, or someone putting on a Halloween costume.”
Both sides were heavily armed and stable police Presence stayed in the middle of the street to keep the peace during drag bingo night. There were no reports of violence or arrests, and only church members were allowed on the property.
Although the event itself was controversial, there was another aspect that drew further ire from critics. The event was originally set to showcase drag queen Tisha Flowers, aka Jaysen Kettl. Not only does Kettl now take on a macabre role when dressed as flowers, but he also has a disturbing past. In 2004, then 17-year-old Kettl pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit capital murder after school officials learned that he and at least one other student had plotted a mass shooting at a school. Luckily, the conspiracy was foiled before anyone could carry it out.
However, when Kettl’s criminal history became known, the church quietly removed him from event sponsorship. It is unclear whether Kettl attended the event.
Despite the controversy, the event sold out and was deemed a success, Rev. Tolleson claimed.
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