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Miss Coco Peru Helps Cancel Talk By 'Pray Away the Gay' Preacher at NYC High School: VIDEO

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The Bronx's Cardinal Spellman High School had originally scheduled a talk to be held on Tuesday night about the Catholic group Courage, which teaches gay teens to be ashamed of themselves and lead chaste lives to deal with same-sex attraction.

The guest speaker was to be Father Donald Timone, a priest who treats homosexuals like addicts in 12-step recovery programs, until the school's alumnus Miss Coco Peru got wind of it.

Using the power of social media, Coco spread the word that her school was hosting a homophobic lecturer to discuss gay issues. The resulting backlash from the public and other alumni caused the talk to be canceled, though school President Father Trevor Nicholls says that the issue is far from over and that Timone will likely be invited back after discussion with the school's board of trustees.

However, Father Nicholls may not have as easy of a time with the board as he imagines, as staff at the school have remarked that upset alumni could undermine funding, particularly given the pope's recent declarations that issues such as homosexuality are ones that Catholics should move beyond.

A video of the news report (warning: autoplay), as well as Coco discussing the incident and singing a cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" can be seen AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. bravo!

    Posted by: jed | Nov 24, 2013 10:51:55 AM

  2. What a beautiful voice!

    Posted by: Frank | Nov 24, 2013 11:13:38 AM

  3. I love Coco - she says it like it is!

    Posted by: Keith | Nov 24, 2013 11:15:23 AM

  4. "Same-sex attraction" is hate speech which, if used, should always be in scare-quotes.

    It's a term that was created by the "ex-gay" industry in order to erase the reality of sexual orientation, and, by extension, erase the reality that some people are gay, by reducing the fact of who someone is to something trivial and fleetig that you can choose to fix or, at least, ignore.

    Coco got it right by making fun of it. Everyone should. Please don't give any validity to the hate speech of "same-sex attraction".

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Nov 24, 2013 11:21:28 AM

  5. Bravo!

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Nov 24, 2013 12:09:19 PM

  6. Miss Coco Peru, you are AWESOME!! Thank you.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 24, 2013 12:18:18 PM

  7. Miss Coco is just brilliant.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Nov 24, 2013 1:22:47 PM

  8. Thank you so much Miss Coco!

    Posted by: Ted | Nov 24, 2013 2:42:48 PM

  9. I have no problem with the phrase, "same sex attraction", particularly if the attraction is in my general direction. "Praying away the gay" sort of works too - but the guy doing the praying has to get down on his knees and the "gay" goes away for a time interval known as the refractory period.

    OK, I'm feeling like a wise guy today!

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 24, 2013 4:25:12 PM

  10. These voodoo type actions are very harm full to teen agers and no school should give them the light of day or access to there students . As to those Haitians , Cubans and West Africans who practice the religion of Vodou , I mean no disrespect.

    Posted by: Luke | Nov 24, 2013 5:07:14 PM

  11. Love, love, love me some Miss Coco Peru!!!!

    Posted by: Gigi | Nov 24, 2013 6:01:54 PM

  12. Miss Coco Peru is a hero. She's one of the sharpest voices we have out there, and she's damn funny too. Love. Her.

    Posted by: Rick A. | Nov 25, 2013 11:56:54 AM

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