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‘My Kiddo Is A Natural!’: Woman Cheers On Young Boy Working Stripper Pole At Taxpayer-Subsidized Pride Event
Marchers process down Main Street waving flags during a Gay Pride Parade. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania held its first Gay Pride Parade.
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A woman at an LGBT pride event in Pennsylvania cheered on a young boy working a stripper pole, a video posted by Libs of TikTok shows.

Photos confirm the 30th annual Central Pennsylvania Pride celebration, held in Harrisburg on July 30, featured drag queens and a stripper pole. The event, where the shocking video is sourced, was taxpayer subsidized.

“A pride event in PA featured a stripper pole where they taught kids how to pole dance,” Libs of TikTok reported Thursday.

The video, which has amassed 1.3 million views, shows a young boy decked out in rainbow-colored attire climbing up the pole with the help of an older male, who was allegedly the “instructor” at the event, identified as Mikee Bentz. The boy then spins around the pole, hooking one of his legs for leverage, as a stripper would.

“Alright! Go!” a female voice says in the video. “Yes, sir!”

The text overlapping the video read, “Central PA Pride had a pole set up with an amazing instructor to assist. My kiddo is a natural!”

The TikTok video has since been deleted, Libs of TikTok reports.


The tweet thread included a screenshot of an alleged letter from the Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, promoting the event. 

“The Governor of Pennsylvania put out a letter in support of this pride event. [Governor Tim Wolf] do you condone these actions?” Libs of TikTok questioned. 

A screenshot of the alleged letter is featured proudly on the Central PA Pride website. “Governor Wolf shows his support for Central PA Pride Festival,” a caption of the screenshot reads.

The Wolf administration on July 13 announced 17 recipients of the PA Pride Community Grant program to “bolster Pride celebrations.”

Central PA Pride Festival was one of those recipients, receiving $10,000 in taxpayer money.

“The PA Pride Community Grant Program reaffirms our commitment to bringing visibility to the LGBTQ+ community and creating a more inclusive commonwealth,” said Carrie Fischer Lepore, an official at the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). “Uplifting events and festivals that celebrate belonging, accessibility and inclusion sends the message that in Pennsylvania, all are welcome to pursue their happiness.”

The Daily Wire reached out to the DCED and asked if support from the administration still stands in light of the disturbing video. We did not immediately receive a response.

The festival, though, is already sticking by the event.

“The Pride Festival of Central Pennsylvania stands behind the actions of Mr. Bentz whose Metro Enterprises provided nothing more than a vehicle of fun and exercise at last weekend’s Pride Festival,” a spokesperson for the event told Fox News Digital.

Bentz, who was instructing the young boy on the pole, is not sorry about his actions, either.

“I am proud to offer Harrisburg/Central Pennsylvania an avenue for fitness, creativity, artistry, and expression in businesses that are not only operated at the highest level of ethical behavior, but that also take into account inclusivity and a deep appreciation for protecting the environment,” Bentz said, according to Fox News Digital.

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