By Joseph Summers
Idaho police are investigating a drag queen show advertised as “family-friendly” after video surfaced that allegedly showed a dancer with exposed genitals.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office released a letter Monday that said that the investigation was launched into a “Pride in the Park” event organized by North Idaho Pride Alliance (NIPA) that took place June 11. According to the letter, police were “made aware of a performance during the recent Pride in the park event wherein a dancer’s genitals may have been exposed.” The letter states that Coeur d’Alene police are leading the investigation, and that the sheriff’s office will help if asked.
Video of the performance first appeared Sunday on a local Facebook page called The Bushnell Report. The video, which appears to be heavily edited, blurred the pelvic area of a dancer at the event before cutting to children in the audience. The Bushnell Report claimed that the dancer had exposed genitals and asked people to contact the Coeur d’Alene Police Department and the Idaho Attorney General’s office, the Coeur d’Alene Press reports.
The video, which garnered thousands of views and overwhelmingly negative comments, was apparently debunked Monday when the original video of the dancer in question was posted to social media. The investigation is set to be completed Monday and will be reviewed by the Coeur d’Alene City Prosecutor’s office.
NIPA’s “Pride in the Park” event was co-sponsored by the Satanic Temple, and one of several noted pride events that labeled itself as “family-friendly,” including a recent event in Texas sponsored by Catholic health network Ascension and an event in Dallas which garnered severe pushback from conservatives. NIPA told LifeSite last week that the Satanic Temple bowed out of the event of its own accord.
NIPA’s event was also the site of the arrest of 31 men belonging to a group called Patriot Front, as well as an Antifa member from Portland. Members of Patriot Front have been charged with misdemeanor conspiracy to riot, and law enforcement allege to have found a smoke grenade and protective gear in a U-Haul rented by the group.