A CLGS ONLINE Lavender Lunch: "Drag & The Divine" with Mama Celeste

Tuesday, April 13th 2021, 12:15pm to 1:15pm
ONLINE via Zoom (see below) , 1798 Scenic Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709

ONLINE via Zoom here!

The music! The wine! The headdresses!

From ancient shamans to Purim celebrations, drag performance has always had a place in spiritual traditions. And for many queer people, drag and nightlife culture is an important way of accessing the kinds of rituals and practices that are central to any sacred community.

Mama Celeste (they/them), a Unitarian Universalist-raised preacher’s kid turned glamorous drag impresario, will speak about the history of queer performance as a method of manifesting the divine, as well as the many roles that performance plays within religious cultures.  They are the cofounder of Oaklash: The Bay Area’s Drag and Queer Performance Festival.  Celeste is the drag alter ego of Grey Tartaglione, a filmmaker and queer advocate who currently works as the Sr. Communications Officer at MPact, a gay men’s sexual health and human rights organization based in Oakland. Often irreverent and (hopefully) humorous, Mama Celeste has been seen at venues throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Texas, Miami and New York.