“I was young and had fun at a festival”

“I was young and had fun at a festival”

“I was young and had fun at a festival”

  • George Santos appeared to confirm the authenticity of the footage of him appearing to be hanging out.
  • “I wasn’t a drag queen. I was young and had fun at a festival,” Santos told reporters.
  • Santos has previously said that claims he was once a drag queen were “categorically untrue.”

Representative George Santos appeared to confirm the authenticity of the images in which he appears to be dressed as a drag queen, but dismissed the tag.

“I wasn’t a drag queen. I was young and had fun at a festival,” Santos told reporters upon arriving at New York airport on Saturday, TMZ reported.

Newly emerged footage shows Santos wearing a red feathered dress while sporting a wig, jewelry and makeup.

Eula Rochard, a Brazilian drag performer, said she knew Santos as a drag queen and that he entered a drag contest as Kitara Ravache in 2008.

Rochard is pictured next to Santos in one of the images, and she posted another image of him appearing to be hanging out on Instagram.

Santos initially denied the reports, writing on Twitter: “The most recent obsession in the media claiming that I am a drag queen or “interpreted” as a drag queen is categorically false.”

It was a rare public denial, as the congressman left many other questions about his past unanswered.

A Politico report further suggested evidence of his past as a drag queen, as the outlet uncovered an old Wikipedia entry in which someone using an alias known to Santos wrote that he performed in as a drag queen in Brazil.

Santos’ latest comments on Saturday suggest he acknowledges the integrity of the footage but denies the drag queen title.

The congressman was caught lying about vast swaths of his life and history, ranging from his education and work history to his religion to claiming his mother died on 9/11 when she wasn’t even in the country.

Questions about his past as a drag queen come after the congressman, who is gay, aligned himself with some of the more right-wing Republican lawmakers and voiced his support for legislation labeled as anti-LGBTQ, such as the Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill, which critics have labeled the bill “Don’t Say Gay”.

The revelations about his past as a drag queen also come amid a right-wing anti-gay disinformation campaign attempting to link drag shows to “grooming”.

A Texas Republican, Bryan Slaton, has filed a law banning drag shows in the presence of children, calling them “a disturbing trend in which evil adults are obsessed with the sexualization of young children”.

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