According to a recent report, Google removed a “Pride and Drag Show” from its list of company-promoted LGBTQ+ events in California following a petition signed by hundreds of Christian employees and other individuals. The petition claimed that the event directly targeted religious beliefs and sensitivities. Supporters of the petition expressed their view that the event, which took place at the LGBTQ+ bar Beaux in San Francisco, disrespected the Christian faith. They specifically mentioned the performance of a drag artist named “Peaches Christ” as being “provocative and inflammatory.” According to the petition, the headliner’s “provocative and inflammatory artistry” was seen as a direct challenge to the religious beliefs and sensitivities of Christians. Consequently, the tech company removed the event from its list of annually sponsored activities on its website, despite initially promoting it as a way to conclude the month’s celebrations.
Fox News reports:
Google quietly removed a “Pride and Drag Show” from a list of company-promoted LGBTQ+ events in California after hundreds of Christian employees and others signed a petition labeling it as a direct attack on “religious beliefs and sensitivities,” according to a report.
The petition’s supporters said the event at the LGBTQ+ bar Beaux in San Francisco Tuesday disrespected the Christian faith and specifically described the performance of a drag artist who goes by the name “Peaches Christ” as “provocative and inflammatory,” CNBC reported.
“Their provocative and inflammatory artistry is considered a direct affront to the religious beliefs and sensitivities of Christians,” the petition said of the headliner, per the report.
The tech company subsequently removed the event, which was initially promoted to “wrap up this amazing month,” from the list of annually sponsored activities on its website.
Google spokesperson Chris Pappas told the outlet the event was removed as it was initially posted “without going through our standard events process.”
“We’ve long been very proud to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community. Our Pride celebrations have regularly featured drag artists for many years, including several this year,” he said.
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