A drag queen performer and “LGBTQ+” youth adviser has been charged with 25 counts of child pornography, allegedly in possession of dozens of photos and videos of nude underaged boys, sometimes performing oral sex.
Brice Williams, who uses the drag name Anastasia Diamond, allegedly downloaded 49 photos and 25 videos of child pornography between May and December 2020, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.
Court documents say the sexually-explicit images “showed genitalia and boys performing oral sex” and were connected to Williams’ email address and phone number, FOX 43 reported.
PennLive/The Patriot-News, a news source serving Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, gushed over the now-charged drag queen last year for being a local activist who spreads “pride” all year long.
“Williams, who uses both masculine and feminine pronouns, is HIV medical case manager at Keystone Health Center in Chambersburg, but this month will join GLO Harrisburg, a center that offers a ‘safe space’ for LGBTQ+ youth of color. There, he’ll continue HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness work, while working with LGBTQ+ youth,” the outlet reported, adding that Williams was “living life with pride, and encouraging others to do the same, happens 365 days a year.”
The “safe space” LGBTQ+ youth program, which opened in November 2019, offers a “teen clinic” once a week “for ages 14 to 21, regardless of gender or sexual identity,” according to PennLive/The Patriot-News.
Moreover, Williams was reportedly awarded the 2020 Rising Star Award from the LGBTQ Center of Central Pa. for his activism, FOX 43 noted.
Popular Twitter account Libs of TikTok posted an apparent screenshot from Williams’ social media last month. Williams describes himself as “Black,” a “Queer American,” and a “Human Rights advocate.” The profile adds that he is a “Genderqueer Social Worker & Drag Queen.”
Libs of TikTok also included video of Williams performing in drag for what appears to be children.
A statement from UPMC, affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and the GLO program, released a statement that said Williams had been fired.
“UPMC’s immediate concern is the health and well-being of our participants who utilize the services provided at GLO,” UPMC said. “Upon notification of the circumstances surrounding the case, the individual was terminated.”
“We are fully cooperating with authorities throughout the investigation,” the statement added. “We have no reason to believe that this individual was at any point alone on the GLO premises with a participant without other staff members present.”
The Franklin County Coalition for Progress responded by condemning “all forms of child abuse and exploitation” and emphasizing its support for “due process.”
“It has come to our attention that Brice Williams has been criminally charged by the Franklin County District Attorney,” the coalition said in a statement via Facebook. “The Franklin County Coalition for Progress board of directors has removed Williams from its board and all programming. (Pride Franklin County is a program of FCCP.) The board supports every person’s right to due process. The board strongly condemns all forms of child abuse and exploitation.”