Shocking footage has emerged on Twitter of a so-called ‘family friendly’ drag queen show in which one of the performers can be seen encouraging a young girl to dance in a provocative and suggestive manner.
In the video which appears to have been shot earlier this year at an event being held by a LGBTQ-friendly bar in Chicago, the crowd can be seen cheering as a girl who looks to be no older than about nine-years-old is encouraged to dance like a drag artist.
The girl initially appeared shy but was quickly coaxed into performing alongside the drag queen.
The youngster can then be seen moving her hips back and forth and swaying her body in a suggestive manner.
The gathered crowd cheers on with encouragement as the girl continues to be serenaded by the drag queen who walks her up and down the stage.
At one point, the little girl is encouraged to walk through the crowd as those watching pull out their cell phones and record footage of the pair for themselves.
A drag queen appeared to be performing at a ‘family friendly’ event in Chicago with a young girl by her side
The girl initially appeared shy but was quickly coaxed into performing alongside the drag queen
Many in the crowd do not appear to have a problem with what they are witnessing despite the sexually suggestive nature and the involvement of a young girl.
However those online had a far different opinion with many, appearing to be disgusted and outraged by what they had witnessed.
‘A drag queen teaches a young girl how to shake her body and perform like a drag artist at a ‘family-friendly’ drag show in Chicago’ stated the infamous Libs of TikTok Twitter account.
The event appears to have happened at a gay bar on the outskirts of Chicago known as Replay Andersonville and part of the city’s Pride events..
Online adverts do not state that content of an adult nature was to be portrayed nor that it was unsuitable for children.
The Drag Queen then leads the youngster by the hand into the crowd who continue to cheer
Nobody in the crowd appeared offended by what they were witnessing with some even taking out cellphones to capture the dance
The little girl is given no choice but to comply with the drag queen’s demands as she leads her by the hand into the baying crowd
‘The fact that so many people don’t see how inappropriate this is… It’s actually upsetting. They’re making this child a target for pedophiles. If someone else asks her to ‘dance’ like this, she’ll think it’s funny & fine. All these adults need to be arrested for endangerment,’ wrote Twitter user Orietta Rose.
‘LGBT is grooming kids to make them gay,’ suggested another user.
‘Once upon a time, NOT having children around was considered a reprieve for adults to enjoy mature things. Guess that’s over,’ wrote Eddie Scarry.
‘The men standing there and cheering while a pervert twirls a child make me sick,’ added another.
‘I’m getting sick of this It’s so abhorrent and nauseating watching these adults stand there clapping and cheering this on instead of putting a stop to it. Disgusting and grotesque,’ surmised Tweeted another.
Users on social media were disgusted by what they had witnessed in the video
It is not the only type of video to have been showcased by the TikTok account in recent months.
Earlier this year, in another short clip, a scantily clad drag queen performed a forward roll along a catwalk before then suggestively spreading their legs wide in a skimpy leotard – while in the presence of young kids.
The performer then thrusts their breast forward, all-the-while a young boy is merely feet away and appears to hand a tip over to another cast member.
A drag queen appeared to be performing at a ‘family friendly’ event with a tip jar up-front
Young kids were present as the sexually suggestive moves were made feet away
The person behind the Libs of TikTok Facebook account – previously doxxed as Brooklyn real estate agent Chaya Raichik, was suspended from the social media platform permanently.
The anti-woke Twitter account Libs of TikTok has long shared their growing concern about children being brought to sexualized shows in the name of diversity.
Like others before, the clip generated a visceral response online.
‘As a gay man, I disavow this entirely. This is thoroughly inappropriate and needs to stop,’ wrote Joseph Jones.
‘I don’t know how these ‘family friendly’ drag shows became so common, so fast. I feel like just a year ago this wasn’t a thing,’ said Joseph Steimle.
‘I just DO NOT understand the parents who willingly expose their kids to this crap. Nah, I don’t WANT to understand,’ said one.
‘This is super weird. These parents should be investigated,’ added another.
The latest clip of a drag queen performing for children generated a visceral response online
The video from September 2021, posted by the infamous @LibsofTikTok account nearly nine months later, shows the performer then running off, taking a few more tips and letting it all hang out
Similar instances have been recorded in the past including in September 2021 when a young girl was filmed tipping a drag queen baring a huge set of synthetic breasts during a ‘family-friendly’ event at a Michigan gay venue.
The child, whose age was not disclosed, passed a bill to RuPaul’s Drag Race star Yara Sofia at Hamburger Mary’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the clip.
She was sat on the knee of an adult woman at the time, who smiled warmly as the youngster tipped the performer, whose real name is Gabriel Burgos Ortiz.
Sofia strutted around the bar wearing a pair of large fake breasts that hung outside her costumes, complete with tiny yellow pasties covering the nipples in what appeared to be an arch attempt at modesty.
The Grand Rapids outlet of Hamburger Mary’s closed in January of this year, but its Facebook page is still active, complete with scores of fliers for events.
Many of them are explicitly advertised as being for audiences aged 18+ only.
But the flyer for the drag event attended by Yara Sofia was not, suggesting that it may indeed have also been marketed as a ‘family-friendly’ event.
This is the flyer for the Yara Sofia event. Unlike other nights advertised by Hamburger Mary’s, it was not billed as being for customers aged 18+ only, suggesting it may have been deemed a family-friendly event
Yara Sofia is the stage name of Gabriel Burgos Ortiz, 38, a Puerto Rico native and singer
The videos of youngsters interacting with the drag queens comes as debates rage across the country about whether young children are being exposed to content that is inappropriate by well-meaning family members and educators in the name of support for LGBT equality.
New York City has been spending heavily on sending drag queens into its public elementary schools, dropping more than $200,000 on appearances since 2018.
In May, records show the city paying $46,000 to send Drag Story Hour NYC to public schools, libraries, and street festivals, according to the New York Post.
Some parents say the programs were booked without their consent, while city officials have responded with outrage, according to the Post.
Drag Queen story-hours have also hit the headlines. They see performers read story books to children at events held in schools or libraries.
The books read to kids are children’s story books, usually by drag queens in less-revealing outfits.
Supporters say the events are harmless and innocent, but conservatives claim the story hours often veer into age-inappropriate vulgarity.
A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, in June
Drag Queen Story Hour, a nonprofit, was started in San Francisco in 2015 by activist and author Michelle Tea. Chapters have since opened across the U.S. and elsewhere. Other organizations with readers in drag have also formed.
As part of Drag Queen Story Hour’s programming, drag queens read to children and their parents at libraries, bookstores, fairs, parks and other public spaces to celebrate reading ‘through the glamorous art of drag.’
In 2021, there were 67 in-person appearances and 141 with almost 1,000 school children exposed. In 2022 alone, Drag Story Hour NYC has made 49 appearances at 34 public schools in New York City, according to its website.
The organization characterizes itself as promoting inclusivity, creativity, and acceptance of the self in children, by exposing them to drag queens reading similarly thematic books.
A drag performer from Drag Story Hour NYC reading to children at an event. Parents told the New York Post that the events happened at their children’s school often without parental consent
A performer showing off some of the books read to children at drag events at public schools. The books tend to be about gender fluid topics
‘Through fun and fabulous educational experiences, our programs celebrate gender diversity and all forms of difference to build empathy and give kids the confidence to express themselves however they feel comfortable,’ the website reads.
Images from the site show people dressed in bedazzled dresses, shimmering wigs, and heavy eye shadow, reading to young children in classroom, and even helping the kids apply makeup themselves.
The company has received $207,000 from taxpayers since 2018, records show. $50,000 of that has come from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the other $157,000 from the NYC Department of Education, the Department of Youth and Community Development, the Department of Transportation, and Cultural Affairs.
The funds were provided by city council members, with $80,000 being allocated for drag programs in 2022 alone – over three times as much as was provided in 2020 for drag programs.