Article by Beth Beth McLoughlin for The Guardian
From the outside, there is little to distinguish the Metropolitan community church from the many other evangelical houses of worship in Rio’s Zona Norte. But as Marcos Lord prepares for an evening sermon, it soon becomes clear that this church is not like the others.
It takes the pastor about an hour to prepare for the pulpit: donning false eyelashes, a wig and a pair of vertiginous heels to transform himself into the drag queen Luandha Perón.
In a country where evangelical Christians have become increasingly influential – and outspoken in their homophobia – the church is unusual in providing a space for gay, bisexual and transsexual believers.