A Dallas church has announced they will host a drag show to support “drag queens who have contributed to our community in such inspiring ways.”

Cathedral of Hope—a church that claims to be ‘LGBTQ owned’—invited their members to show up for the 10 a.m. Sunday service to “celebrate and embrace our drag queens.”

“We aim to come together on Sunday, September 17th (PRIDE Sunday) to celebrate and embrace our drag queens. We wholeheartedly believe that drag is an incredible art form that has played a significant role in shaping the LGBT movement.” the website reads. “During this service, we will take a moment to offer our blessings to the drag queens who have contributed to our community in such inspiring ways.”

Additionally, the church said they will be taking an offering, which will go to the Drag Defense Fund. The fund supports drag queens facing legal challenges due to new laws enacted to protect children from explicit sexual content. 

Senate Bill 12, a law prohibiting sexually explicit performances in the presence of minors, was set to go into effect on September 1. However, earlier this month, a U.S. district judge put a temporary restraining order on it, preventing the state from enforcing the new law. 

The church is inviting DFW-area drag queens and organizations like Royal Court, Dallas Bears, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. 

Notably, one of these organizations has previously come under national scrutiny for its sexually explicit performances. 

In June, one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence groups was honored at an LA Dodgers baseball game, causing outrage among community members. Many have taken issue with their performances, where they masquerade as nuns while mocking Christian symbols and traditions.

In one video, the scantily-clad group was seen dancing on a cross while one man, depicted as Jesus, was hanging from it.

The church is also a silver sponsor for the “Dallas Pride Parade” set to take place that afternoon. In addition to the ‘drag celebration,’ they encouraged all their members to attend the parade. 

Furthermore, the church asks its members to create a video presentation about “What drag means to you?” The church hopes the responses will “contribute to our shared understanding of this vibrant art form.”

Brady Gray, president of Texas Family Project, told Texas Scorecard that hosting these groups welcomes evil into the church community.

“Any ‘church’ hosting these types of events is no church at all. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are an overtly satanic group. There is nothing redeeming or beneficial about welcoming this evil into your community.”

As of publication, Cathedral of Hope did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s request for comment. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.