RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant accused of harassment

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David Sotomayor, otherwise known as Jade from Drag Race season 1, has allegedly used a transphobic slur against a trans person in a bathroom, though the artist calls the allegations as a total absurd and a complete defamation. On Halloween night at Charlie’s in Chicago, Sotomayor went to the gender-neutral bathroom with his friend who is a cis woman. There were urinals available, and one private stall which does not have a door. Three people were standing and chatting with the person using the toilet. In a statement posted on Trans Liberation Collective – a group of young queer/trans/genderqueer people, they accued Sotomayor of harassing their friend: ‘Jade used transphobic rhetoric throughout this encounter stating “there are actual women waiting in line,” and insisted they “prove” their friend was a “man or a woman and actually trans”,’ the statement reads. Though Sotomayor told GSN that he only told a trans person to hurry up for his friend to be able to use the bathroom.

The group then said what allegedly happened next: ‘Jade attempted to push his way through to the open stall to confront the trans person using the toilet but again were accosted by this person’s friends while saying “you have to respect everyone’s privacy in bathrooms, even people who feel uncomfortable with trans people in bathrooms.” They continued to harass the individual using the toilet and waited for them to finish, touching them multiple times while they washed their hands, and then he called security, claiming that “this trans person is making the bathroom unsafe for real woman”’. The man denied the allegations again saying he had only called a security to settle the conflict. Glitter Record, the 24-year-old trans person (who uses gender-neutral pronouns), said they were dealing with a medical issue in the bathroom stall. They have responded to Sotomayer’s comments were a lie. Record said they are sober and refused the offer of a drink because of this. The trans activist clarified the ‘inappropriate touching’ Sotomayer allegedly did was prodding and pushing. They claimed they did not react because they did not want to be arrested. I don’t think what Jade did makes her a bad person. But she needs to be held accountable and know she made a mistake,’ Record said.

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