Pastor fired for appearing in drag in HBO documentary

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An Indiana pastor has reportedly been fired after appearing in drag on HBO’s “We Are Here” documentary series.

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The story was first reported in qwerty,

During the episode she is featured, Pastor Craig Duke dressed in drag to show support for gay and non-binary people, including his pansexual daughter.


At his home in Evansville, Indiana, sympathizers of the pastor have organized a GoFundMe to help him look for a new job.

A statement on the GoFundMe page said, “Unfortunately, Craig’s involvement in the show caused much turmoil in the church that he was serving at the time and eventually led him to be relieved of ‘pastoral duties’ in that church.” ‘ done.”

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According to the GoFundMe page, Mr Duke will continue to work with “significantly” reduced pay until February 28, after which he will be sacked from his job.

The GoFundMe page described Mr Duke as “a man of faith, father, husband, advocate of social justice and an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community”. According to the fundraiser site, he has fought for “a fully inclusive church that is welcoming to people of all races, all genders, and all sexual orientations.”

Several stars of the documentary publicly reacted to the news of Mr Duke’s firing.

Eureka!, one of the show’s central drag queens, issued a tweet supporting Mr. Duke.

“Craig is an amazing person and he deserves the same love he shares with everyone around him,” the tweet read.

Another star, Shangela posted a video on Instagram in support of Mr Duke on Monday.

Shangela wrote that Mr. Duke “has been bullied from his role by a large section of his church congregation because of his display of love for the LGBTQ+ community. Let’s take a stand.”

People spoke with the show’s co-creator, Stephen Warren, who said he “expected resistance” to his show, but “we didn’t expect this to happen to Craig.”

Mr. Duke’s Church, Newburgh United Methodist Church did not directly respond to a request for comment, but the church did send People The letter she sent to her membership suggested that the information being reported about Mr Duke was “less than completely accurate”.

“No single resolution will be satisfactory to everyone. I have received numerous calls and emails highly critical of Craig’s actions, and I have received numerous messages of support for him. In such a polarized environment, our main The aim is to foster an environment in which both NUMC and the Duke family can move forward with grace,” the church statement said.


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