Wet T-Shirt Jesus (Joe Kokura, SFist)

Hotties + Holy Water: Hunky Jesus Rises Again in Golden Gate Park


Founded in 1979 by San Francisco's beloved band of queer, roller-skating nuns, the Hunky Jesus Competition was started to combat Catholic anti-gay sentiments. Now going on its 38th year, iterations of the Prophet have never looked more woke.

Golden Gate Park is a place where anything goes, from the ever-present nuances of burning cannabis wafting through the air to dogs costumed in full-on Easter regalia. As such, there's no better place to celebrate a totally inclusive Easter in San Francisco.

"It's a day out with the family," said Paul Margolis to SFGate on Sunday, sitting with his husband and two dogs, Hans and Otto, as they found solace from the rain under two wide-brimmed umbrellas.

Margolis, the director of Our Town SF—an all-volunteer organization and resource center that works closely with San Francisco's LGBTQ+ community—was quick to point out the number of volunteers helping out at this year's festivities.

"It's great to see all these volunteers come out. These are people who really care about the community. I like to get together with the good people," he concluded.

To end the egg-centric Easter Celebration, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence—along with the help of a few modern-day Jesus lookalikes—performed a not-so-PG exorcism on a Donald Trump doppelgänger, pelting a Donald in drag with an orange hailstorm of Cheetos while chanting cleansing affirmations.

The shamanistic ritual eventually ceased, leaving the Donald Double looking dazed and perplexed—but fresh-faced, now completely void of any satanic entity.

So which contestant took home the coveted award for Hunky Jesus 2017: The one who was soaked in holy water, naturally.

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