Mom wears skimpy 'drag queen' outfit to school board meeting to protest explicit performance for students

Kimberly Reiks' purpose was to show the school board what was being permitted at local schools, and to show that this was not at all acceptable for school-sponsored entertainment.

Libby Emmons Brooklyn NY
An Iowa mother attended a school board meeting dressed up in the costume of a drag performer who had performed for students at the local high school. Kimberly Reiks went to the Ankeny School Board meeting wearing a black, high cut body suit, with one shoulder showing, and tall black boots. 

Reiks' purpose was to show the school board what was being permitted at local schools, and to show that this was not at all acceptable for school-sponsored entertainment. Reiks, who is a founder of the local Mama Bears, demanded that the board apologize and pass a resolution "to make sure that this doesn't happen again on school grounds," the Des Moines Register reports.

The drag queen who originally wore the skimpy outfit had been invited to the school by an LGBTQ affinity group at the school, which had asked performers from the Iowa Youth Parade Pageant. Shortly after the show, which happened at Ankeny High School in June, Libs of TikTok and other outlets publicized the event.

In a clip from the performance, the male performer can be seen dancing provocatively, doing splits, and sliding across the stage. The performer, known as "Komplete Moon" who "uses they/them pronouns," according to the Des Moines Register, said comments were vile and hurtful. Some of those comments noted the skimpy, revealing bodysuit. 

"At no point while I'm sitting in the audience did I think that this was inappropriate," said a student at Ankeny High who witnessed the performance. "None of the performers were over the age of 21, but I've seen these people online being called horrible things."

In response to criticism stemming from the drag queen's appearance in June, the board condemned "online hate."

"I won't support anybody who wants to demonize or belittle anybody, whether it's online or in-person," board president Ryan Weldon said. "We all deserve to be treated with respect." 

Another board member was exuberant about the performance, saying the students "are going to change the world."

"I want LGBTQ+ students and community to know that I wholeheartedly and unabashedly support you for who you are," Amy Tagliareni said. "I see you, you matter, and you belong at Ankeny Community School District and I will continue to fight for your right to belong and be safe in our school buildings from my position as long as I am up here."

The district also claimed that the group was in violation of protocols and had not approved the performance.

But for Reiks, that was an oversight of the school district and the board themselves. "Where's the transparency in this?" She asked. "How are we going to entrust you—the board members— to do what is right fo rus parents and make sure that the kids know what is right?"

Reiks showed photos of the drag performer in garish make-up and the outfit, complete with what appeared to be a riding crop.

As she stood before the school board and parents to protest that a drag queen in skimpy clothes was invited to perform for students, she asked if the outfit made them uncomfortable.

"I want to know: Does this outfit make you turn your head? Is this outfit appropriate for anybody here to see? Because is this makes your head turn, if this p*sses you off, then it should Because this guy walked into our school, wearing exactly the same thing," Reiks said. Reiks also had brought suit against her local schools over the mask mandate for students.

She went on to say that she was embarassed wearing it herself, saying she was "embarassed to stand here with the outfit I have on today. I want to prove that this outfir should not ever be accepted in our school in any way."

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