Saturday, January 08, 2011
Vatican’s gayest event? Acrobats strip for Pope
It looked like Gay Day at the Vatican when male acrobats stripped and performed topless for Pope Benedict XVI recently.
Here is the official description from Russia Today, a Moscow-based news channel that posted the video on YouTube in December: “A usually staid weekly Papal audience was spiced up this week with an acrobatic performance by a troupe of topless men. The four performers dressed in white suits walked across the stage towards the Papal throne and surprised the Pope by whipping off their shirts before beginning an acrobatic performance on Tuesday. The Pope looked on as the men hoisted each other into the air, one on top of the other, three high.”
The acrobats, known as Fratelli Pellegrini (Pellegrini Brothers in Italian), have performed around the world.
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News reports this week confirm that the acrobats are LGBT-friendly. Thanks to the Queering the Church Blog for reporting that “the performers are definitely gay aligned, if not specifically gay men themselves. It seems that they formed part of the gay circus, which performed as part of the Euro gay games in Barcelona, 2008.”