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Drag show at Catholic university draws protest

April 10, 2012 |  8:43 am

TootieA planned drag show at the University of San Diego, a Catholic institution, has brought a protest from a prominent alum.

The show, set for Wednesday at the University Center, is to include runway and lip-sync competitions with local drag entertainer Tootie serving as emcee.

"The teachings on Catholic social justice do not align with this event, and anyone with a formed Christian conscience cannot approve an event that is sexually perverse," said lawyer Charles LiMandri, a Rancho Santa Fe lawyer, USD graduate and former member of the alumni board.

LiMandri has called on the USD administration to cancel the show.

But University President Mary Lyons, in a letter published in the California Catholic Daily, said the show is meant to "foster students' understanding of, and empathy for, the complexities of gender non-conformity."

Allowing the show on campus does not imply that the university is "advocating or promoting a lifestyle and behaviors inconsistent with the teachings of the Christian church," Lyons said.

Drag entertainers--men dressed and coiffed as women--perform at several San Diego nightspots. RuPaul, a nationally known drag entertainer, formerly lived in San Diego.


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Photo: Tootie. Credit: Gay and Lesbian Times