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Inside the 'Hillbilly Studio 54,' Where Drag Queens Preach the Gospel

Inside the 'Hillbilly Studio 54,' Where Drag Queens Preach the Gospel

Gospel of Eureka

In an exclusive clip from "The Gospel of Eureka," being Christian is about who you’re loving, not who you go to bed with. 

In small town Eureka Springs, Ark., at least two differing communities exist: Southern evangelical Christians who probably voted for Donald Trump and seasoned drag queens who, each week, do a little proselytizing of their own while lip syncing gospel songs.

This is the scene for Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher's documentary, The Gospel of Eureka, in theaters Feb. 8. It tells the story of a one-of-a-kind place in the Ozarks where Christian piety and a thriving queer community coexist featuring Lee Keating and Walter Burrell, proud husband-owners of Eureka Live Underground, a local gay bar they liken to a "hillbilly Studio 54."

"Just because we serve alcohol doesn't mean that we're perverted and we're not Christian," Burrell says in an exclusive clip released to OUT. "And just because you're Christian, doesn't really have anything anything to do with who you're fucking. It has to do with who you're loving."

The film, which premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year, chronicles how love, faith, and civil rights collide as a community grapples with a bigoted anti-trans bathroom bill on the ballot. Performance artist Mx. Justin Vivian Bond narrates.

Check out the exclusive clip featuring Keating and Burrell below. We also get a chance to see how seasoned queens Ginger Styles, Felicia Blackhart, Missy Klein, and Charnay Malleti Cassadine make their tips to the tune of Denise La Salle's "Lick It Before You Stick It."

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