These queens make charity drag a religious experience

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A handful of parishioners, even two pastors, from gay-friendly Saint Mark United Methodist Church worked their Sunday best – in drag – to help raise nearly $17,000 for the church's outreach efforts.

Bubba D. Licious and Justice Counce hosted Open Hearts Open Closets at Jungle on Sunday, corralling some first-time camp drag queens for the pageant as fans also bid on a host of silent auction items. Pink Lemonade and Trashetta Galore added their own performances.

Who topped the church's camp drag pageant? The lady. No, the real one. Rev. Beth LaRocca-Pitts won the Miss Saint Mark crown, beating out four other competitors, including gay Rev. Joshua Noblitt, who delighted the audience as Samantha Faye. The benefit show proved that not only can the Midtown church stage a play, play games, do breakfast and do good, they can so do drag.

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