A New York City high school has come fire after having a drag event at a local episcopal church.
Footage of the Apr 27 event which happened in downtown Manhattan surfaced last week, featuring Grace Church High School students inside the historic Grace Church as a drag princess or queen named “ Brita Filter” (AKA Jesse Havea) gayly paraded down the aisle as though it was a fashion catwalk.
Beloved Lord, which circle of Dante’s inferno is this? This meant to be the house of Our god but… pic. twitter. com/KROgzH8W4j
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) July thirty-one, 2022
“ Dear Lord, which group of Dante’s inferno are these claims? This meant to be the house associated with God but… ” one gobsmacked Twitter user captioned video of the event.
The incident apparently caught some Grace Chapel students unaware, as one anonymous attendee told the Post Millennial .
“ There was tons of social pressure to dance along and pretend like it was normal for sure, ” the unidentified student said, adding, “ whether it be people tapping on shoulder blades and telling them to stand or just a collective staring contest at whoever wasn’t totally participating. ”
The student carried on: “ I wondered, is really happening in a church? ” and said there was clearly “ tons of social pressure to dance along and pretend that this was regular for church. ”
“ Immediately on entering there was a person providing stickers with Pride red flags on them, un-ironically saying ‘ take one or you’re homophobic, ‘” the student added.
“ One student reported that since the performer approached the church, he was joined by more dancing students, a number of them ‘ twerking, ‘” the Post Millennial reported.
The event, which happened to run long, was reportedly “ mandatory for all students in grades 9-12, ” according to the Post Millennial.
After a rendition of “ Somewhere Over the Rainbow, ” Brita Filter reportedly discussed his nationality and pansexuality, all the while repeatedly saying he or she was “ fabulous and talented and beautiful, ” noted one student.
A transgender teacher, Uyen Nguyen, also used the event as an opportunity to declare their resignation for allegedly being repeatedly “ misgendered” by school staff.
The church also evidently marketed the event on the website.