The choice of anti-gay – formerly gay – pastor Donnie McClurkin to headline a popular Boston gospel festival has drawn the ire of local gay activists, gay weekly Bay Windows reported.

Boston officials have invited McClurkin to headline GospelFest, the July 18 city-funded gospel festival.

McClurkin attracted national headlines in 2007 when he headlined a gospel concert in South Carolina hosted by then-Democratic primary candidate Barack Obama.

The Grammy-winning singer and New York evangelical pastor has previously likened being gay to a “curse” and called it a choice.

“Our mayor and city hall represent all of its residents, not just Christian conservatives,” Bay Windows columnist Irene Monroe said. “It's fine to have a gospel singer, but given his history, it's a denunciation of inclusion.”

Officials in Mayor Thomas M. Menino's administration told the paper they were unaware of the singer's controversial past.

In his 2001 memoir Eternal Victim/Eternal Victor, McClurkin writes he was repeatedly raped between the ages of 8 and 13, leaving him “broke.” He's since called gay relationships abusive.

Obama campaign officials at first resisted dropping McClurkin from gospel concerts it was hosting because of his popularity in South Carolina.

“Don't call me a bigot or anti-gay,” he told a crowd of over 3,000 Obama supporters in Columbia. “Don't call be a homophobe, because I love everybody. … Let me tell you something, the grace of God is given to all men.”

Boston officials say they're looking into the matter.