Amsterdam's Gay Christmas Features Mary in Drag

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Gays in the Netherlands have staged a "Pink Christmas" celebration with $21,000 in funding from the city of Amsterdam.

Sunday's event included a live Nativity scene with a male Mary in drag holding a plastic doll. Another man played Joseph in black leather trunks and a silver shawl.

The manger scene was staged in the courtyard of a nightclub. A religious group called Christians for Truth protested that "a twisted human fantasy is being added to the history of the Bible."

But the organizer of the event said gays were not satisfied withbeing tolerated, but wanted to be "socially accepted as an indivisible part of society."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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