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In advance of new archbishop, a brouhaha over drag queens in the Castro

Friday, August 10, 2012

San Francisco’s soon-to-be new archbishop, Salvatore Corileone, a leading opponent of same-sex marriage, won’t be officially installed until Oct. 4, but his appointment is already making waves in the gay community. The new pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in the Castro, the Rev. Brian Costello, tells The Bay Area Reporter that for the first time in four years the Castro County Club, a gay recovery group, won’t be allowed to use the church for its fundraiser in October. The issue, apparently: drag queens.

Meanwhile, The Castro Bisquit blog posts combined photos (above), including that of Corileone, currently Oakland’s bishop, under the headline: “Men in dresses tell men in dresses they are not allowed on church property.”

From The Bay Area Reporter:

Costello said that during a telephone conversation with a Castro Country Club representative, when the topic of drag queens came up, he told the person, "That is not going to work under the present circumstances."

"I said work with me. You can still have the dinner. You can have a regular emcee, but not drag queens on church property," Costello said.


"I am the new pastor," Costello added. "There is a new archbishop. The archdiocese told me straight out, 'No drag queens.'"

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