Newburgh United Methodist Church in Evansville, Ind. was recently “relieved of pastoral duties” following his appearance in drag on a recent episode of the HBO series We’re Here.
The LGBTQ+ ally was recommended to appear on the series by his local Evansville Pride organization. We’re Here features drag stars Eureka O’Hara, Shangela, and Bob the Drag Queen traveling to small-town America and giving locals the drag makeover of a lifetime while highlighting their personal stories.
For Duke, that story was one of support and empathy for his daughter who came out as pansexual two years prior. In an interview with Religion News Service at the time, Duke described being on the show as “an incredibly wonderful, refreshing, deepening, powerful.