Nonprofit director resigns after Strippers performance at homelessness conference

Dec 18, 2019
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The director of a Seattle nonprofit has resigned following an incident at a homelessness conference last week.

Kira Zylstra, who served as Acting Director of All Home King County, arranged the appearance of an adult performer who removed some of her clothing during the routine.

Zylstra was placed on administrative leave last week pending the results of an investigation, according to Denise Rothleutner, King County Department of Community and Human Services chief of staff.

On Monday, the department announced Zylstra resigned over the weekend. 

Rothleutner “has stepped in to provide oversight and supervision to the All Home staff,” according to a statement. 

Video from the conference, obtained by KING 5, shows a topless dancer with pasties collect cash from the audience.

The footage was anonymously sent to Christopher Rufo, an independent journalist and filmmaker who has been outspoken on the issue of homelessness. The same video appears to be posted to the performer’s YouTube page.

“At first I was skeptical, but then I was able to authenticate the video’s location,” Rufo said.

Rufo says the video is more than inappropriate.

“I think this was really a boiling point for people, because they are saying, ‘You’re asking taxpayers for money, and then you are squandering it on something totally inappropriate in any work place, especially when you are using taxpayer funding,’” Rufo said.

The short clip captured inside the conference has been viewed thousands of times on Rufo’s Facebook page – a performance he says should never have happened.

Zylstra had served as acting director of All Home since February 2018. KING 5 was unable to reach her for comment.

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