Kutzera said having a ticketed event assured only those who paid would be “part of the party.”
They said the three drag queens dressed in the basement, then performed throughout the bar and interacted with the customers for tips for about three hours. A second, similar drag event will be held in early May, and proceeds will benefit the city’s second PRIDE parade.
The Rev. John Wagner, pastor of First United Methodist Church, 120 S. Broad St., said the church has gay and lesbian members and supports the LGBT community. He said any restrictions against LGBT “jeopardize all of our rights.”
Wagner said protesters against gays have marched outside his church with bullhorns. He asked them to “politely leave” because they were frightening the young church members.
He believes everyone should “respect the differences” in our society and he encourages residents to “treat all people with love.”