Homeless Agency Director Resigns After Inviting Transgender Stripper to Perform At Homelessness Conference

Chris Menahan
Dec. 18, 2019

The acting director of King County's "All Home" homelessness agency resigned over the weekend after being placed on paid leave for hiring a transgender stripper to perform at an annual conference on solving homelessness.

From The Seattle Times, "Homeless agency director resigns after dancer strips at Seattle homelessness conference":
Acting director Kira Zylstra resigned over the weekend, a county spokesperson told The Seattle Times in an email Monday.

The spokesperson said that when officials at the county’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) found out about “a performance that was inappropriate for the conference,” they started an investigation into the event “and the leadership of All Home.”

“The investigation of the event and the leadership of All Home is currently underway,” spokesperson Sherry Hamilton wrote in the email.

DCHS chief of staff Denise Rothleutner has stepped in to run All Home in the meantime, according to Hamilton.
Judging by the cheers in the audience and the way they threw dollars bills at twerking stripper Beyoncé Black St. James, I'm not sure I would say it was "inappropriate for the conference."

Beyoncé Black St. James seemed to fit right in. After all, the theme of the conference was reportedly "decolonizing our collective work."

That said, hiring a transgender stripper to perform at a conference on solving homelessness was unquestionably thoroughly inappropriate when presented to the public at large.

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