Parishioner kicked out of church for dressing in drag

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Protests outside a south side Chicago church after a parishioner was asked to leave by the pastor for dressing like a woman. 

About 10 people, who were not church parishioners, quietly protested outside Powerhouse International Ministries on Sunday, holding signs against hate speech. 

They say Antwan Haywood, who dresses in drag, is being discriminated against by the church. 

A church statement said the pastor privately warned Haywood on three different occasions that dressing like a woman is against the church’s rules. 

The statement read in part, “During these private sessions the pastor utilized love, compassion, and thoughtfulness in articulating the church policy. The young man agreed to abide by the policy, but would continuously disregard the pastor’s appeal.”

“I felt like that was discrimination – he was judging me and I felt like the members were judging me too,” Haywood said. 

Haywood said he is in the process of looking for a new church to attend. 

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