Here are the contestants for virtual Hunky Jesus competition”
Published on April 13, 2020 at 07:02AM by SWAROOP
If there’s one aspect of the public’s appearance that has benefited from sheltering in place, it may have been the beards of this year’s Hunky Jesus contestants.
Just over 4,000 viewers tuned into the virtual pageant hosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on Twitch, while at least 250 others joined an accompanying Zoom conference call to show off their most blasphemous Easter Sunday looks and cheer on their favorite contestants vying for control of the crown of thorns.
This year’s event served as a fundraiser for the SF Queer Nightlife Fund, a local collective of nightlife organizers, venue owners and nonprofit community leaders providing financial aid to LGBTQ+ workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Coinciding with the Sisters’ annual event, the collective has been hosting weekly “Quaran-Tea” dance parties with local DJs to encourage contributions.
“Queer nightlife is a renowned and integral aspect of San Francisco Bay Area culture,” wrote Race Bannon, a pioneering spokesperson for the leather community who is on the steering committee for the fund and helped moderate the livestream. “The people who produce and staff local queer nightlife have been financially devastated by the venue closures resulting from the coronavirus crisis. The Bay Area is known worldwide as a center for amazing queer nightlife. Let’s keep that nightlife alive by lending a helping hand to those who need our help in these trying times.”