As the Brazilian arts scene becomes a “battleground” for cultural wars, Christians and conservatives have reportedly been protesting against a number of art exhibits and plays, including one which portrays Jesus Christ as a transgender woman. The Associated Press highlighted several controversial cases gripping Brazil, including court battles to get “The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven” theatrical performance banned.

“In Brazil, we have a very ugly habit of sweeping everything under the carpet,” said Renata Carvalho, the actress who performs the one-woman controversial show. ”This just sheds light on what people think. I think it’s excellent that the masks are falling.” The “Queen of Heaven” show has been put on more than 60 times in a tour throughout Brazil, despite conservative Christians petitioning to courts for a ban. READ MORE