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 video was shot at a branch of the LGBT bar and restaurant chain in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in September 2021.
It was originally posted by a TikTok user DavidLovesDragOk and has since been re-shared by anti-woke Twitter account Libs of TikTok amid growing concern about children being brought to sexualized shows in the name of diversity.
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 been marketed as a family-friendly event.
A stunning moment shows a little girl sitting on the knee of an adult at a Michigan drag show, tipping a performer displaying large, synthetic breasts during what was supposed to be a ‘family friendly’ event
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
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 news 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.
Just last month, 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, Friday, June 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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 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.
‘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.
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
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.