Clinton Monroe Ellis-Gilmore, a 53-year-old member of the LGBTQ+ advocacy group Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, was arrested on August 12 at Table Bluff County Park in Loleta, California, after allegedly masturbating in public for an hour. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reported that Ellis-Gilmore had been “exposing himself in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle,” according to numerous witnesses.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group that has previously participated in Drag Queen Story Hour, recently drew attention when they were disinvited and then re-invited to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Pride Night after heavy protests.
Witness Randy Fleek said that Ellis-Gilmore made no attempt to hide his actions, stating, “He wants everyone to see what he’s doing.” Ellis-Gilmore was reportedly naked and appeared pleased when the officers arrived.
According to Ellis-Gilmore’s social media posts, he is an active member of the Oregon-based chapter of the Sisters and has even participated in drag time story hour. His posts often contain sexually charged content, with one stating, “Be gay, hail Satan.”
Ellis-Gilmore was charged with indecent exposure. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to six months in prison and be required to register as a sex offender.
Regarding the controversy with the Dodgers, the team originally agreed to have the Sisters at their event on June 16, where the group was expected to receive a Community Hero award. However, many took offense, accusing the group of mocking Catholicism. Footage from the Sisters’ annual “Hunky Jesus” contest, which shows a man dressed as Jesus on a cross while another man in drag dances around him, sparked further criticism.
Senator Marco Rubio criticized the inclusion of the Sisters at the Dodgers’ event, influencing the team to rescind its invitation. However, after further backlash, the Dodgers re-extended the invitation with an apology. The Sisters accepted the apology, stating that they felt it was sincere and that they would consult with the Dodgers if similar pressures arose in the future. LA Pride also expressed their full support for the Sisters receiving their award.