Shane Windmeyer Admits Misappropriating Over $100K fromCampus Pride, Faces No Charges

Shane Windmeyer, former CEO of Campus Pride, admitted to misappropriating over $100,000 in funds for personal use. Despite this, Windmeyer faces no charges and is still scheduled to perform as drag queen Buff Faye at upcoming events.

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Shane Windmeyer Admits Misappropriating Over $100K fromCampus Pride, Faces No Charges

Shane Windmeyer Admits Misappropriating Over $100K fromCampus Pride, Faces No Charges

Shane Windmeyer, the former CEO of Campus Pride, a Charlotte-based LGBTQ non-profit organization, has admitted to misappropriating over $100,000 in funds for personal use. Despite this significant breach of trust, Windmeyer, who also performs as drag queen Buff Faye, currently faces no charges.

Why this matters: The lack of accountability in this case raises concerns about the oversight and governance of non-profit organizations, particularly those serving vulnerable communities. It also highlights the need for greater transparency and consequences for those who abuse their positions of power.

Thecontroversycame to light in November 2023 when Windmeyer confessed to the Campus Pride board and documents were leaked to QNotes, a local LGBTQ publication. An Employment Termination Agreement states that Windmeyer misappropriated"substantially more than $100,000"from the organization. However, the exact amount remains undisclosed, as the agreement indicates that calculating the precise figure would be"timely and expensive."

Windmeyer has begun repayment of $100,000 to Campus Pride but has made no public comment regarding the controversy. The revelation has had significant consequences for his career in theCharlotte drag performance scene, with many venues dropping him from their lineups. However, Windmeyer has managed to secure a few gigs in smaller towns.

The community has expressed concern and disappointment over Windmeyer's actions. Jonny Saldana, executive director of the Charlotte Gaymers Network, questioned the decision to platform Windmeyer at upcoming events, stating, "Young LGBTQ people have to wonder why someone like Shane Windmeyer or Buff Faye is being platformed when she has admitted to exploiting teens for personal financial gain." Saldana emphasized the importance of Windmeyer apologizing to those he has taken advantage of.

Christopher Bylone, a board member and treasurer of Campus Pride, confirmed that there are no restrictions preventing Windmeyer from apologizing for his actions. Bylone also stated that there has been no contact from state or federal authorities regarding Windmeyer or themisused funds. The agreement between Campus Pride and Windmeyer appears to be an attempt to avoid controversy and legal action, but it does not preclude authorities from investigating the organization's financial history.

Despite the controversy, Windmeyer, as Buff Faye, is scheduled to appear at The Fillmore in Charlotte on June 8 and atRock Hill Pridein South Carolina on June 22. The decision to allow Windmeyer to continue performing has raised questions about accountability and the message it sends to the LGBTQ community, particularly young people who may have been impacted by his actions at Campus Pride. As the story continues to unfold, many are calling for a more thorough investigation into the misappropriated funds and for Windmeyer to take responsibility for his actions.