The director of Wisconsin’s leading anti-gay religious group has posted an “action alert” warning her followers of a drag show scheduled for March 14 at UWFox in Menasha.
In a strongly worded statement posted on the Wisconsin Family Voice, Julaine Appling demonized the event as a “display of immorality” intended to propagandize young people. She urged readers to contact the event’s organizers and ask them to halt the program.
Appling wrote: “The ‘main attraction’ is the guest appearance of self-proclaimed male homosexual transvestite ‘Shangela’ from a lewd reality television show ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ in which homosexual male drag performers compete for prizes. The tickets are cheap ($3), and so, it appears, is the propaganda, display of immorality, and overall message to the Fox Valley community.”
Appling, director of Wisconsin Family Action, was the leading force behind the 2006 voter referendum that added anti-gay discrimination to the Wisconsin Constitution by banning same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state. A self-proclaimed defender of “traditional marriage,” Appling has never married and has lived for decades with another never-married woman in a home the two own jointly in Watertown.
“Human sexuality is both a gift and a responsibility given to man by God,” wrote Appling. Since fundamentalist Christians condemn sexual behavior outside the context of a heterosexual marriage, Appling presumably has never experienced human sexuality.
“Our University of Wisconsin System is placing the stamp of approval on homosexual propaganda and explicitly immoral content … that sends the wrong message to our next generation of leaders, parents, and families,” Appling continued. “Taxpayers should beware, and quickly take action to defend our shared values. The Badger State’s standards for it’s families are much higher than this shameful display of sexual immorality on our campuses in an our local communities.”
In addition to Shangela, the performance features Tres Demaj, Sharon D’Knight, Cee Cee Larouge, Karizma Mirage. Tickets are only $3 for the event, which begins at 8 p.m. at the Lucia Baehman Theatre in the university’s Communication Arts Center, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha, Wis., 54952.