A PrideFest event in Joliet, Illinois, advertised for children to bring dollar bills to “tip the performers” at an all ages drag show.
A screenshot of the advertisement was posted to Twitter by the popular social media account Libs of TikTok. Followers of the account immediately responded with scorn for the event planned for September 17.
Joliet, IL is having a pride fest sponsored by elected officials. They encourage kids to “bring your dollar bills” so they can hand tips to the drag queens during the all ages drag show pic.twitter.com/eo1ofjH8e1
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) September 13, 2022
The group appeared to delete the post from Facebook and replace it with a different version that didn’t include the text about bringing dollar bills.
Profits from the event are going to fund Joliet PrideFest’s outreach efforts, including “Joliet PrideFest free, the LGBTQ+ Youth Drop-in Center, Youth Queer Prom.”
In April, the group organized an LGBTQ prom for high schoolers and included a drag show at that event as well.
The EventBrite invitation for the event showed the “Family Friendly Drag Show” was still scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. while the “PrideFest AfterDark Leather and Lace” show was scheduled to start only half an hour later.
The Libs of TikTok account has exposed countless inappropriate drag shows and other extreme posts by members of the far left on social media. As a result, the account has been targeted by the news media and big tech companies, but it has been able to keep its online presence.
On Monday, the account was able to shut down a drag show promoted as a “Back to School” event for children in the city of Pocatello in southeast Idaho. The Southeastern-Idaho Pride posted on its Facebook page that it cancelled the show for security reasons.
“The event as planned was a G rated theatrical review, by all 18+ performers,” their post read. “However, due to the misinterpretation of marketing materials, and to mitigate the harm to our LGBTQ+ community, we feel it is best to not proceed with this performance.”