Hunky Jesus gets resurrection in San Francisco this Easter

A man dressed as Jesus wearing a crown of thorns holding a crucifix that reads "say gay."
All photos by Gooch Photography

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence return to Dolores Park on Sunday, April 9, 2023, for San Francisco’s favorite Easter tradition, the Hunky Jesus and Foxy Mary Costume Contest.

This year’s theme “Peep Show” will explore all permutations, from sugary sweets to deviant diversions. The day will begin at 10 am with “Children’s Easter,” featuring a special appearance by the Easter bunny, an Easter egg hunt, storytime, and other family-friendly activities. After Children’s Easter, the event becomes more adult-oriented.

Performers on stage in Dolores Park

At noon, San Francisco trans activist, performer, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Honey Mahogany will take the Main Stage to host a variety show full of fierce performers, surprise guests, and miracles performed by the Sisters. This year’s lineup features San Francisco favorites Connie Champagne, Kitten on the Keys, Polesexual, Baloney, The Cockettes featuring Steven Satyricon, Trixxie Carr, Alex U Inn and The Mommaz Boyz, and a Drag Revue starring Linda Summers, Christina Ashton, Nikita Vega, Theresa Giudcoochie & Tony OMFG!

Winner of Hunky Jesus 2022 holding a sign that says "Black Woman in God."

Throughout the day, the audience will take center stage as they show off their Easter spirit by competing in the colorful Easter Bonnet contest. And of course, Easter in Dolores Park would not be complete without the world-famous Foxy Mary and Hunky Jesus Contests.

The contests are open to all! Potential contestants are asked to arrive wearing their Easter bonnet, Foxy Mary or Hunky Jesus looks, and line up backstage when the contest begins. There will be an initial screening process to determine which contestant(s) are most divinely fabulous and invited to move on to the stage.

Contestants line up for the Hunky Jesus costume contest.

This Easter also marks the 44th anniversary of the Sisters. Started by a couple of gay men who donned nuns’ habits in response to the growing need for nondenominational and nonjudgmental ministry in San Francisco. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is now a leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns who believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at Dolores Park

Since their first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted themselves to community service, ministry, and outreach to those on the edges and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity, and spiritual enlightenment. The Sisters use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency, and guilt that chain the human spirit.

Want to volunteer with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence this Easter? Sign up here.

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