GOSHEN, Ind. — New documents obtained by REAL News Michiana show the organizer of a drag show for kids is a teacher at Goshen Jr. High.
The event, being called a “Youth Drag Show and Party,” is scheduled for tomorrow at Shanklin Park in Goshen and is being promoted by the Goshen LGBTQ Pride organization. You can see the flyer for the event below.
According to the special event application submitted to the City of Goshen and its parks department, Goshen Pride is the organization in charge of the event with Naomi Zook as the main point of contact.
It turns out, Zook is listed as the 6th grade English Language Arts teacher at Goshen Jr. High School, as seen below.
RNM Reached out to Zook to ask if it was appropriate for a middle school teacher to organize a drag show for kids. She promptly hung up as the question was asked. RNM called her back and sent a text message. She has not responded.
RNM called the number listed on the Goshen LGBTQ Pride Facebook page and spoke to who we can only assume is another organizer of the event. While the event is still being advertised, she claimed the “Drag Show” portion had been cancelled. However, the event is still being promoted and the organizers have yet to post on social media (or anywhere else that RNM could find) that the event is no longer happening.
“There actually is no drag show tomorrow.” She said.
“There just weren’t enough participants.” She added, when asked why the show was cancelled.
RNM’s Clifton French then asked the woman if she believed a drag show for children could be considered child exploitation.
“No.” She replied.
She then likened sexualized drag shows to dressing up for Halloween.
The woman on the phone refused to give RNM her name, but a quick search of public records showed the phone number listed as the cell number of an Adrienne Nesbitt. Nesbitt works as the Director of Events for Eyedart Creative Studio, a local marketing and public relations company.
The mayor’s office and parks department also told RNM that the organizers told the city the drag show has been cancelled. But, the city is also aware that the event is still being advertised.
It’s important to note that the application did not indicate that a drag show for kids was being planned.
You can download and read the entire special event application below.