“Are you a LGBTQ artist/entertainer under the age of 18? Do you want a chance to perform on stage?”
This is a question asked back in May, 2022 on Facebook by Ginger Van Allen, a transsexual female, and one of the organizers of Kenosha Pride.
Tomorrow, Sunday July 10, 2022 Kenosha Pride will be hosting a “Youth Drag Show.” This controversial event has drawn attention from all over the country, putting Kenosha on the map for less-than-honorable reasons. This event was even criticized by “Libs of Tik Tok,” a conservative Twitter account doxed recently by far-left extremest and activist, Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz.
Although the youth drag show is no longer on Kenosha Pride’s website, KCE has learned it will still happen. According to its website, many local businesses are sponsoring the Youth Drag Show including Herzing University, The Stella, Aurora Healthcare, Educators Credit Union, Lou Perrines, Christian Carthage College, Parkside Public College, Lemon Street Gallery, Rhode Center Lakeside Players, Kenosha County Democratic Party, and of course, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
We reached out to Kenosha Pride Executive Director Dan Seavers and asked him if the youth drag show was appropriate in its apparent sexualizing of youth. He responded:
Kenosha Pride unequivocally, emphatically, and without hesitation deny the allegations of sexualizing youth. Kenosha Pride is known to welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to perform and entertain at our event. We find the insinuations to be abhorrent and irresponsible. Research shows LGBTQ+ youth are at least 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual, cis gender peers. Research also indicates that family rejection, feelings of depression and lack of acceptance, as well as other societal factors contribute to the increased risk of depression and suicide within the LGBTQ+ community, especially LGBTQ+ youth. Bullying, misinformation, and a lack of understanding are the key contributors to increased risk to LGBTQ+ youth. When youth are afforded an opportunity to express themselves in a welcoming and affirming environment, the risk of suicidal ideation and attempts are reduced.
These reprehensible allegations are a reminder of the importance of Pride. Placing tolerance before hate and acceptance before rejection are pillars that all should strive for.
Out of concerns for safety, Kenosha Pride will make no further comments regarding these allegations and will continue to monitor threats against our event, individual organizers/participants, and the organization, and we will continue to communicate with our law enforcement partners on the local and national level.”
This event received permission to host this years event on taxpayer property from the City of Kenosha’s Public Works Committee and the Parks Commission. It passed both unanimously. A big supporter of the Youth Drag Show event is Kenosha Alderman Rocco Lamacchia, who made the motion to approve the application. Rocco is a self described “Trump-loving conservative.”
We reached out to the every current Alderman who voted to approve this event:
Alderman Eric Haugaard
Alderman David Bogdala
Alderman Bill Siel
Alderman Jan Michalski
Alderman Rocco Lamacchia, Sr
Alderman Rollin Pizzala
Alderman Jack Rose
Alderman Dominic Ruffalo
Only Alderman Dominic Ruffalo responded saying: “I did not know about the kids drag show till a few weeks ago I would have asked a lot of questions about this.”