LA Dodgers apologize to drag group Sisters of Perpetual Indulggence for not inviting them to their Pride Night – during their ‘Hunky Jesus’ pole dance competition
- The team announced on May 17 that they were no longer inviting the LGBTQ+ advocacy group after criticism from conservative political Catholic groups
- Initially, the Dodgers had agreed to host the Sisters at their June 16 event before not inviting them; that invitation has now been renewed
- Video from the Sisters’ April ‘Hunky Jesus’ contest shows a drag queen twirling on a man dressed as Jesus before performing a pole dance
LA Dodgers have apologized to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence after coming under fire for inviting them to their Pride Night.
The baseball team announced on May 17 that they were no longer inviting the human rights and LGBTQ+ advocacy group after criticism from conservative political Catholic groups.
Initially, the Dodgers had arranged to have the Sisters at their event at Dodger Stadium on June 16 during a game against San Francisco, where the infamous drag nuns were expected to receive a Community Hero award.
Many were offended, saying the group was “mocking the Holy Mass,” and accused them of making fun of the Son of God by organizing their annual “Hunky Jesus” contests.
Footage from the latest event, filmed in San Francisco’s Dolores Park in April, shows a man dressed as Jesus on a cross as another cross-dressing man dances around him and on a pole in high heels. Dozens of people perform at the annual Easter event to be crowned Hunky Jesus or Foxy Mary.
Senator Marco Rubio denounced their inclusion, and the Dodgers withdrew their invitation after Rubio criticized the invitation in a letter to Major League Baseball.
A shot from the viral video of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s “Hunky Jesus” contest in April, where dozens of artists competed to be crowned Hunky Jesus or Foxy Mary. Pictured: A transvestite man performs a pole dance around a man dressed as Jesus on the cross
The LA Dodgers apologized to the drag nuns for initially withdrawing their invitation to their Pride Night on June 16, and renewed the invitation on Monday.
He denounced the group, saying they mock Catholicism and encourage “distortion” of Jesus’ teachings.
The following day, LA Pride canceled the event, despite the production of the city’s annual parade and festivities centered around the LGBTQ community.
After more criticism, the Dodgers extended the invitation again, it said in a statement Monday“The Los Angeles Dodgers would like to offer our sincerest apologies to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and their friends and families.
“We asked them to take the field at our 10th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night on June 16.
“We are pleased to share that they have agreed to express the gratitude of our collective communities for the life-saving work they have done tirelessly for decades.
“In the coming weeks, we will continue to work without LGBTQ+ partners to better educate ourselves, find ways to strengthen bonds, and use our platform to support all of our fans who are part of the diversity of the Dodgers family. .
The sisters then said in a statement that they felt the “apology was sincere,” adding that the two organizations “will consult and assist each other in responding” if “similar pressures from outside” the community arise.
Since the turnaround by the Dodgers, LA Pride noted that upon receiving their award, they “fully support” the Sisters and will “stand in solidarity” with them on Pride Night.
Another shot from the video of two Hunky Jesus contestants performing a pole dance at this year’s event
Free Choice Mary was crowned Foxy Mary this year at the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s “Hunky Jesus” contest in Dolores Park, San Francisco in April
Haus of Jesus, which won this year’s “Hunky Jesus” contest in San Francisco’s Dolores Park
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulggence released their own statement after the Dodgers renewed their invitation, saying they accepted the apology
Joe Hollendoner, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, said in a statement Monday that the team’s decision was “a step in the right direction.”
He said: “Last week’s debacle underscores the dangerous impact of political tactics by those seeking to fan the fires of anti-LGBTQ bias at a time when our rights are under attack. We must stand together.’
The Sisters are a self-proclaimed “order of queer and trans nuns” who pledge to “use wit and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that fetter the human spirit.”
A group with 44 years of community service, they were founded in 1979 in San Francisco with a focus on providing care to gay men living with HIV/AIDS.