Parishioner kicked out of South Side church for dressing in drag

Parishioner Antwan Haywood was asked to leave the Powerhouse International Ministries church after the pastor said he asked him to stop dressing like a woman.

Protests were held Sunday at a South Side church after a parishioner was kicked out by the church's pastor for dressing like a woman.

Community members said Antwan Haywood, who dresses in drag, is being discriminated against.

A church statement said that Pastor Antonio Rocquemore, of Powerhouse International Ministries, privately warned Haywood on three occasions that dressing like a woman is against church rules.

"During these private sessions the Pastor utilize 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," the statement said.

Haywood said he is in the process of looking for another church.

About 10 people, who were not church parishioners, quietly protested outside the church holding signs against hate speech.
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