Hypocritial Grace Church School imposes STRICT DRESS CODE for students days after scantily-clad drag queen show
Clothing deemed inappropriate includes 'tights worn as pants, miniskirts, athletic wear, caps, tank tops, and pants that sit below the waist'
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: A Manhattan private school is being slammed for hypocrisy after the school allegedly sent an email to students instituting a strict dress code despite inviting drag queen Brita Filter to perform at the school chapel in a skimpy babydoll dress as part of its LGBTQ+ pride celebrations.
Grace Church High School, a historic Episcopal private school founded in 1894 in the East Village that charges over $59,000 for yearly tuition, did not enforce any dress code till now. Sophomores at the school and their parents are outraged after the school allowed Brita Filter to dance up and down the church chapel in a mini dress, but is now detailing which clothes would be deemed inappropriate for students including "tights worn as pants, miniskirts, athletic wear, caps, tank tops, and pants that sit below the waist."
The school even told the students, "If you want to bring something into school to ask me if it’s OK, I’m happy to review your wardrobe choices without penalty or judgment." Brita, whose real name is Jesse Havea, was a contestant on Season 12 of 'RuPaul’s Drag Race' and posted a video of her performance at the school to Tik Tok with the caption, "I literally went to church to teach the children today. A Catholic High School here in NYC invited me to their Pride Chapel. Visibility matters and I’m so honored to have had the chance to talk to you about my work as a LGBTQ+ Drag Queen Activist." In the video, Brita can be seen performing and dancing around in the chapel while the students and the faculty cheered. Brita also posted the video on her Instagram captioning, "Who said you cannot have drag queen in the church."
While students appear to be enjoying the unique church performance, some students said they felt pressured into participating. The students told conservative outlet Post Millennial, “I wondered, is this really happening in a chapel?” Another student said there was “tons of social pressure to dance along and pretend that this was normal for church.” After the performance, students were able to talk about gender identity and other LGBTQ+ issues and share their own experiences with Havea and their classmates. It was during the discussion that teacher Uyen Nguyen reportedly resigned after saying the faculty often misgendered them. She told the chapel full of students, "How much they loved the gay kids at school, and how this has been the most inclusive and accepting place they’ve ever been, but it’s the administration she cannot work with." Nguyen had complained about the issue in the past many times, saying colleagues using the wrong pronouns was a 'stressor' for them. Despite complaints, the faculty faced no accountability for their actions when they did use the wrong pronouns.