Dori: More holes than Swiss cheese in All Home’s story about trans stripper

Jan 20, 2020, 5:17 PM
daniela eng, homeless count, stripper...
A homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

When does government release information that they want to get minimal publicity on? That would be on Friday afternoons, as people are getting ready to head into the weekend. If you can do it on the Friday of a three-day weekend, so much the better. This practice is known as a “Friday news dump.”

We had a big Friday news dump this past week. You likely remember hearing about the December All Home conference — an annual conference for the bureaucrats in the homeless-industrial complex who make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year off of “solving” homelessness — which made headlines for featuring a drag queen stripper as the lunchtime entertainment. The director of All Home, who made $123,000 per year, resigned amidst the backlash.

If you have seen the very explicit video (which can be viewed on filmmaker Christopher Rufo’s Twitter page by scrolling back to mid-December), you know how it made us a national laughingstock and showed what a joke the homeless-industrial complex is. The conference organizers called the entertainment by drag queen Beyoncé Black St. James a lunchtime “cultural performance.” I’m not sure what sort of cultural performance that was, but how could the conference organizers have thought that while people are sleeping outside in freezing temperatures, it was a good idea to bring in a topless stripper to twerk on bureaucrats?

As KOMO 4 reported on Friday, Beyoncé Black St. James said that a button broke on her jacket during the performance, accidentally exposing her breasts. I’m so confused because I would think if that happened by accident during a dance number, you would try to correct the problem. Perhaps you would try to hold the jacket closed, or cover up the exposed area with an arm. In the video, she does not appear to correct the problem at all. In fact, she opens the jacket up even wider, and eventually dances around with the jacket off entirely, shaking her breasts (conveniently featuring pasties) in attendees’ faces.

All Home spent your money on drag show at homelessness conference

Leo Flor, the head of King County’s Department of Community and Human Services, told KOMO 4 that when St. James invoiced the county, he paid for the performance out of his own pocket so that tax dollars would not be used.

This story has more holes than Bonnie and Clyde’s car.

If a button broke, why did the drag queen go forward with a stripping performance? If the whole thing was an innocent clothing mishap, why did the $123,000-per-year All Home director resign instead of explaining the error? If the department head paid for the performance but the invoice went to the county first, then he did so as a way to avoid the firestorm that had already gone national. I’m sure the original intent was that the taxpayers would pay for the strip tease. You may as well be taking money from the people sleeping on the streets at that point.

By the way, who paid for the stripper’s travel? St. James is from Spokane. Did the taxpayers and nonprofits have to pay for her to get from Spokane to Seattle?

There is one other point I want to address. I got this email from a listener named Susie:

I don’t understand why you have to call out a stripper. It should not make a difference whether this stripper was male, female or trans. You could simply call that person a stripper. It makes a big difference when you show respect.

I’m glad you brought that up, Susie. The reason why it is important that it was a transgender stripper is that the people who organized this conference would never have gotten a pole dancer from a First Avenue strip club or a Chippendales guy is because they know that people would be horrified. But when everything in your world is about identity politics, you think that a stripper being trans makes the whole performance appropriate. So yes, the stripper’s gender identity is very relevant, and that is why I brought it up.

This all just goes to show that the homelessness industry is not about helping the homeless. There was a 10-year-plan to end homelessness that was launched 16 years ago. Do you really think that the hoards of people making six figures off of homelessness really have any interest in ending homelessness? Do you think they want their jobs to end? Of course not. That is why they can bring in transgender strippers when they should instead be figuring out how to get people into shelter.

Listen to the Dori Monson Show weekday afternoons from 12-3 p.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dori Monson on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dori monsonTune in to KIRO Radio weekdays at 12 noon for The Dori Monson Show.

Dori Monson Show

Dori Monson

scam, vaccine...
Dori Monson Show

Meet the firefighter and deckhand who won’t get vaccinated

Washington state’s COVID vaccine mandate for most government, healthcare, and education employees is set to take effect Oct. 18. Meet the state workers who are leaving their jobs.
2 days ago
JAY INSLEE, covid...
Dori Monson

Dori: Inslee planning to push COVID vax through 2024

Gov. Jay Inslee has given himself extra-constitutional "emergency" powers for 19 months. Now it looks like he is planning to extend those powers.
2 days ago
seattle police, vaccine...
Dori Monson Show

Seattle police union president says some officers are ‘willing to walk away’ from job in solidarity

If Seattle police officers are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or haven't submitted proof by Oct. 18, they risk losing their job.
5 days ago
Dori Monson Show

King County Sheriff’s Office bans non-essential travel, sheriff travels to Boston

Employees with the King County Sheriff's Office were told all non-essential work-related travel "should be cancelled," but the sheriff went to Boston.
9 days ago
Ann Wilson...
Dori Monson Show

Heart’s Ann Wilson to sing National Anthem at Kraken’s first home game

Ann Wilson of the band Heart, a Seattle-area local, will help to open Climate Pledge Arena at the Seattle Kraken's first home game. 
10 days ago
Seattle shooting, downtown...
Dori Monson Show

Despite promises from mayor, downtown Seattle restaurant owner says area is still unsafe

Despite the mayor's promise of help, a downtown Seattle restaurant owner says he's cut his hours to five days a week, four hours a day over safety concerns.
10 days ago

Sponsored Articles


How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.

Small, Minority-Owned Businesses in King County and Pierce County Can Now Apply For $10,000 Relief Grants Through Comcast RISE

Businesses in King County and Pierce County can apply beginning on October 1, 2021, at for a chance to receive a $10,000 relief grant.
Courtesy of JWatch Photography....
Experience Anacortes

Summer Fun Activities in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
Dori: More holes than Swiss cheese in All Home’s story about trans stripper