Readers of this blog are already familiar with Glide Memorial, a radical progressive congregation in San Francisco that recently severed ties with the United Methodist Church (UMC). Legal fights between Glide and the UMC’s California-Nevada Annual Conference continue, but occasionally there is something or someone that we suspect regular readers will find noteworthy, such as an Islamic Drag Queen.
“This talk show-style conversation will explore the intersections of drag, gender, sexuality and spirituality. Our host & event curator, B0NNi33 Vi0L3T, aka Duane Quintana, a queer chaplain, will interview ground-breaking local drag queens, providing an opportunity for the audience to peek into their minds, listen to their hearts and appreciate their transformations.
Please join Duane, Ms. Carolyn Henry, Faluda Islam, Landa Lakes and the GLIDE community for a very powerful and unique event as these artists lace their narratives with a spiritual thread and excavate the resilience from their herstories, building strength in their present and giving voice to their hope for a brilliant future for themselves and for the broader LGBTQ+ community.”
The March 24 event promises to be an over-the-top intersectional jamboree, promising “local drag queens from Islamic, Native American & Christian spiritual traditions.”
SUNDAY: Join GLIDE in celebrating & exploring the vital connections b/t drag & spiritual identities. Our host B0NNi33 Vi0L3T will interview 3 local drag queens from Islamic, Native American & Christian spiritual traditions. Register now!@HuffPostSF @huffpostqueer @outmagazine
— GLIDE Church (@GLIDEChurch) March 19, 2019
While the “Two Spirit” concept (male and female spirits coexisting within a single body) has been ascribed to Native American spirituality, it is unclear what part of the Islamic tradition embraces drag – at least as Faluda Islam embraces it.
A quick glance at the linked Facebook pages indicates that Faluda Islam is also engaged in – you guessed it – anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) advocacy. An anti-Israeli Islamic drag queen panel appears to be the sort of cosmic event that only Glide could facilitate.