Filipino drag queen arrested again over Lord’s Prayer show

Filipino drag queen arrested again over Lord’s Prayer show
Filipino drag queen arrested again over Lord’s Prayer show

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Amadeus Fernando Pagente, whose drag name is Pura Luka Vega, performs at a bar in Taguig, Metro Manila on December 22, 2023. Pagente has been arrested for the second time, police said on March 1, 2024, amid popular outrage in the Catholic-majority country over a performance in which he play-acted as Jesus Christ while reciting the faith’s most popular prayer. — AFP pic

MANILA, March 1 — A Filipino drag queen has been arrested and charged for a second time over his performance of the Lord’s Prayer that caused widespread outrage in the deeply religious country.

Amadeus Fernando Pagente was arrested late yesterday and charged with three counts of the offence of “immoral doctrines, obscene publications and exhibitions and indecent shows”, police said today.

The offence — the same one that Pagente was charged with in October — carries a penalty of up to 12 years in jail.

Supporters of Pagente, whose drag name is Pura Luka Vega, have turned to social media to raise the 360,000 pesos (US$6,425) bail set by a court.

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A video of Pagente’s performance went viral in July 2023 and ignited outrage among the country’s faithful, who saw it as a blasphemous act.

Pagente, who uses he, she and they pronouns, has been declared “persona non grata” in multiple cities and bombarded with hate messages and death threats on social media.

He had been on bail for the first charge when he was arrested yesterday.

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In a recent interview with AFP, Pagente said he was a devout Catholic and had performed the Lord’s Prayer to “reignite” a sense of faith among LGBTQ people who have felt shunned by the Church.

Nearly 80 per cent of the Philippine population is Catholic.

LGBTQ alliance Bahaghari said in a statement Pagente’s latest arrest was an “attack on LGBTQI people’s expression on their relationship with faith and religion”. — AFP

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