A Catholic high School has postponed a talk by a controversial priest
who encourages teens to “pray away the gay” — but the president of the
Bronx school defied angry gay groups by saying the lecturer will be invited back.

Father Donald Timone was scheduled to speak Tuesday night at Cardinal
Spellman High School about the Catholic group called Courage — which
encourages teens “struggling with same-sex attraction” to lead chaste

After outrage by lesbian and gay alumni, and some staffers, school
President Trevor Nicholls scrubbed the event — but this battle is not

Miss Coco Peru, the alter ego of Clinton Leupp, took to social media to rally
fellow graduates of Cardinal Spellman when she heard that a retired
priest affiliated with Courage, a Catholic group that encourages teens
who suffer from “same sex attraction” to stay away from sex, was
scheduled to speak at the school. The meeting has been canceled.

“It’s hard enough being a teenager,” said Spellman grad Clinton Leupp.
“I look back at all of the suffering I did. All of the bullying. And
something like this just fosters that environment.”

Leupp, better known by his drag persona Miss Coco Peru, used social
media to draw attention to the Timone lecture, causing its cancellation,
however temporary.


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