A historic Presbyterian church in San Francisco hosted a "Drag Queen Bible Story Hour" on Sunday, where drag performers spoke to audiences that included young children.
The event, hosted by Calvary Presbyterian Church, featured LGBT advocate Rev. Jane Spahr and performers "Joann Fabrixxx" and "Flamy Grant."
"What a gift it was to have Joann Fabrixxx (aka the Rev. @samfranciscotreat), Flamy Grant (@flamygrant), and the Rev Janie Spahr with us this afternoon for Drag Queen Bible Story Hour!" the church wrote on Facebook.
"... We thank God for the great diversity present in this world and hold to the truth that each and every one of us is created in God's image and loved by God," the church continued. "For the gift of Drag Queens, O God, we give you thanks!" #DragQueenBibleStoryHour
The Rev. Victor Floyd told a local NBC affiliate that his church hosted the event in response to pushback against drag queen performances around the U.S.
"We're hoping to offer a little balance to all of the hateful rhetoric that is out in the country and especially from churches and politicians, who are using churches and using trans people and drag queens as their props," Floyd told the outlet.
PCUSA changed its definition of marriage in 2015 to include same-sex couples after voting to approve an amendment to its constitution.
Calvary Presbyterian was founded in July 1854. It is now an official San Francisco landmark and is included in the United States National Registry of Historic Places.
According to The Christian Post, the church also has encouraged the usage of third-person pronouns for God and has placed a banner that states "GOD: the original they/them" above the church entryway.
Sunday's event at the San Francisco church aligns with a growing trend of churches hosting drag queens to teach audiences of all ages.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.