CV NEWS FEED // The San Diego Public Library system has invited the anti-Catholic drag troupe Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI) to screen a graphic R-rated movie on October 16. The event description specifies that “teens” are welcome.
“Picture This! presents The Cockettes, a Sisters’ Sin-ema Collaboration,” the showing’s headline reads.
“[October 16’s] screening is in recognition of LGBTQIA+ History Month!” according to the public library’s website.
“Arrive early to meet the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence!” the event summary continues:
The film screening will be followed by a sensational panel discussion with the San Diego [chapter of the SPI], along with local drag legend and SD Sisters’ Angel Glitz Glam, the Glam Mother of Mo’s Universe. Learn about the unique evolution of drag expression and the relationship between the Cockettes and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
The Cockettes is a nearly two-hour-long “drag” documentary first released in 2002. Its IMBD page describes it as a “documentary about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s.”
The library’s website provides a more detailed synopsis:
In the heart of ’70s San Francisco, a colorful ensemble known as The Cockettes, comprising a mix of hippies, gay men, and more, donned extravagant gender-bending drag and heaps of glitter for unforgettable midnight musicals at the Palace Theater.
With titles like ‘Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma’ and ‘Pearls over Shanghai,’ these daring extravaganzas showcased elaborate costumes, boundary-pushing sexuality, and unbridled chaos. Founded by ‘Hibiscus’ from the KaliFlower commune, the Cockettes evolved from a casual group of friends to a sensation, creating ever-lavish shows, often spontaneously.
A poster for the film features a child in heavy makeup surrounded by adult drag queens. Above the child’s head is a quotation from filmmaker and LGBTQ activist John Waters: “COMPLETE SEXUAL ANARCHY – ALWAYS A WONDERFUL THING.”
Waters, who appears in the film, is known for directing a string of “X-rated” films in the 1970s and early 1980s starring the late “drag queen” Harris “Divine” Milstead.
The upcoming screening of “The Cockettes” is part of the library system’s weekly film-showing program called “Picture This.” Like all other installments in the series, it “is free and open to the public.” Registration is not required.
The SPI is the same anti-Catholic hate group that was honored by the Los Angeles Dodgers this June.
As CatholicVote then reported, it is
an LGBTQ activist group of men who dress up in lewd costumes mimicking the habits worn by Catholic nuns. They regularly perform public acts of sacrilege and blasphemy, including acts mocking the Mass, the Blessed Mother, and the crucified Lord.
“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops had condemned the Dodgers’ decision to honor SPI,” CatholicVote added.
Earlier this year, the same library system hosting the SPI displayed “Pride” books marketed toward minors.
As part of CatholicVote’s Hide the Pride campaign, two mothers took action to prevent their children and their peers from accessing the books.
From CatholicVote’s July reporting:
When a “pride” display popped up at their local library branch, Rancho Penasquitos Library in San Diego, Amy Vance and Martha Martin knew that they had to act. The display exhibited books such as “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” which contains explicit images, and other books marketed towards children that push the LGBT agenda.
Vance checked out six books, and Martin, who was unavailable for comment, checked out eight. Then, both used the CatholicVote Hide the Pride template to send an email to Rancho Penasquitos Library Manager Adrianne Peterson and San Diego City Library Director Misty Jones and express their concern via multiple email correspondences.
Leftist media outlets were quick to attack the parents’ efforts.
“Not surprisingly, the left-wing media is carrying water for gay rights extremists that want to exploit the innocence of kids,” CatholicVote President Brian Burch said at the time.
One of the mothers later said she did not “regret doing it at all” and “would do it again.”
She added: “I will be participating again next year, and if they ever try any other crazy stunts like a drag queen story hour, I would be right out there protesting that also.”