Brazilian Court Allows Transgender Jesus Play.


A play featuring a portrayal of Jesus Christ as trans-gendered and living in the modern era has sparked a censorship battle in Brazil.

The Court of Justice, the highest court in the state of Sao Paulo, unanimously overruled a lower court recently and said that performances of the play, titled "The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven," could go on.

The play, written by an English playwright named Jo Clifford, takes the form of an extended monologue by transgender artist Renata Carvalho. Clifford wrote it in part to explore her own experiences as a transgender woman who was ostracized by a church in Scotland.

It has played to packed audiences all over the country, but not without controversy. Hyperallergic, a website that focuses on news about art and culture, reported that...

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