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hunky jesus contest

Every Easter Sunday, San Francisco’s Dolores Park celebrates with an annual Hunky Jesus Contest. While I’ve always been interested in attending, this year was my first time going. But my day began much earlier, as I chose to spend time with my friend David, as he transformed into Sister Lupita Phat*he*ta (pronounced “fajita”) Buffet of the Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

If you are in San Francisco, chances are more than likely that you know who the Sisters are, or have at least seen them at one of the many events around the city. But the Sisters are more than folks dressing up as nuns in make-up and glitter. They stand for something much greater. The Sisters have devoted themselves to “community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment.”

While David transformed into Lupita, he explained why he is proud to be a part of this organization. In addition to what the Sisters stand for, he realizes the importance of being a figure that queer youth can look up to, and learn that it’s ok to be their true selves.

spraying aqua net to keep the glitter on… who knew?
with some of the other Sisters…

David, I’m so glad I got to spend the morning with you (and finally meet Lupita!) and I am so very proud to know that you are doing such important work for our community.

cristal veronica



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