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Texas Teenager Arrested for Murder After Using GRINDR To Lure Victims

Georgia Police Arrest 9 Men in GRINDR “Drugs for Sex” Sting Operation

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia arrested nine men during a three-day sting using Grindr in what they claim is a “drugs for sex” operation.

Sgt. W. Dereck Johnson – who identified himself on Grindr as “Charlie[looking for]420” – initiated a conversation about sex and offered to host at a Quality Inn & Suites on Beartooth Parkway in Dawsonville.

When the man said he had marijuana, Johnson replied, “U share?” The man said he would. Johnson also offered to supply papers to smoke the marijuana. 

“I want to get high and fuck,” Johnson wrote.

 Johnson told a local magistrate court judge a different story according to a March 4 warrant for the suspect’s arrest.

“[The suspect] did solicit SSGT D. Johnson to perform an act of prostitution in exchange for marijuana,” Johnson wrote in the warrant.

The man was charged with misdemeanor pandering, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and criminal attempt. 

In all  nine men were arrested during the sting using GRINDR over three day and charges ranged from misdemeanors – including pandering, obstruction and marijuana possession – to felonies, including criminal attempt to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine and use of a communication device to facilitate a felony. The men arrested ranged in age from 23 to 50 years old.

Sources report that all the men’s mugshots and places of business were published in a local media outlet.

Greg Nevins, senior counsel at Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office in Atlanta, said the pandering charge is baseless. This type of arrest harkens back to other instances of law enforcement targeting gay men.

Dawsonville is located about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Source: Project Q

Facebook Updates Content Policy to Bans Talk of Sex, Innuendo, Sexual Roles, and Erotic Art

Facebook Updates Content Policy to Bans Talk of Sex, Innuendo, Sexual Roles, and Erotic Art

Gird your loins boys.  Facebook is quietly updating its content-moderation policies to crack down on implicit mentions of sex.

Facebook will now “restrict sexually explicit language”—because “some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content”—as well as talk about “partners who share sexual interests,” art featuring people posed provocatively, “sexualized slang,” and any “hints” or mentions of sexual “positions or fetish scenarios.”

Facebook added the new “sexual solicitation” policy on Oct. 15. But it was only on Wednesday when internet users began to take notice. and claims it was implemented because of “conversations with our content reviewers, who told us that the sexual exploitation policy did not adequately distinguish between exploitation.”

The newly added rules of what is forbidden are as follows:

Attempts to coordinate or recruit for adult sexual activities such as filmed sexual activities, pornographic activities and erotic dances or massages

Explicit sexual solicitation, which is defined as offering or asking for sex or sexual partners, sex chats or conversations and nude images

Implicit sexual solicitation, which is defined as mention of a sexual act along with at least one of the following suggestive elements:
> Vague suggestive statements such as “looking for a good time tonight”
> Sexualised slang
> Sexual hints such as mention of sexual roles, positions or fetish scenarios
> Content (hand-drawn, digital or real-world art) that may depict explicit sexual activity or suggestively posed person(s).

Offers or requests for other adult activities, such as commercial pornography or partners who share sexual fetish interests.

Content that engages in explicit sexual solicitation by, including but not limited to the following, offering or asking for:
> Sex or sexual partners
> Sex chat or conversations
> Nude images

Content that offers or asks for other adult activities such as:
> Commercial pornography
> Partners who share fetish or sexual interests

Sexually explicit language that adds details and goes beyond mere naming or mentioning of:
> A state of sexual arousal (wetness or erection)
> An act of sexual intercourse (sexual penetration, self-pleasuring or exercising fetish scenarios.

The news comes after Tumblr’s recent decision to start banning pornography later this month.

Gay Activists In Atlanta, GA Push To Preserve City’s "Historic" Glory Holes

Gay Activists In Atlanta, GA Push To Preserve City’s “Historic” Gloryholes

A group of gay activists in Atlanta, GA  are fighting to prevent a popular gay hangout/sex shop Tokyo Valentino from being shut down.

The group believes that the forced closure is a homophobic attack to try and erase their entire gay identity. So they’ve started a change.org petition to stop the closure from happening.

The petition was started by Gay Georgia, Inc. (GAGA), a state-registered PAC that works to “preserve Gay cultural and entertainment locations important to maintaining the identity and safety of gay Georgians.”

“Tokyo Valentino” at Cheshire Bridge Rd is being shut down by the City of Atlanta unless you help! This location is important to our LGBTQ identities as gay Georgians (GAGA). “Tokyo Valentino”, open since 1995, has been a safe harbor for the community allowing us to celebrate our diversity since “The Jungle” is now closed. GAGA cannot afford to lose another landmark establishment. So many of our GAGA locations are now permanently closed, or under attack including “Backstreets”, “Burkhart’s”, “Blake’s”, and “The Eagle”. If we lose our culture then we also lose our identity as gay Georgians! We have fought for acceptance…now we need to fight to preserve it! Please sign the petition to stop the City of Atlanta from closing “Tokyo Valentino”. It will only take a few clicks. We are gay Georgia. We are GAGA!

So far over 6500 people have signed.

Save a glory-hole. Sign the petition today.

Who Will Buy? – One of the Few Remaining Gay Sex Spaces Seattle’s Bathouse Club Z for Sale

One of the few remaining gay bathouses in America, Seattle Washington’s Club Z in the Capitol Hill section is up for sale.

Here is the realtor’s description for the $2.15 million listing for 1117 Pike:

Built in 1906 this three story commercial building is for sale for the first time in almost 40 years. The Pike Building is located just above downtown Seattle in an A+ Capitol Hill location. This offers a Buyer the rare opportunity to purchase a pride-of-ownership property located only 3 blocks from downtown Seattle.

“The property offers endless potential for an investor to redevelop the property or maintain the existing use,” the marketing copy concludes.

The building has been home to a gay bathhouse for decades. Today known as Club Z, (originally called the  “Zodiac Social Club”) the sex club is one of the few left in the country.

The Stranger’s Christopher Frizzelle wrote a rather sex-negative history of the Club Z building’s place in Seattle — a mix of early 20th century hotels, World War II internment, AIDS, drugs, and sex — as the property was being planned for demolition and development in the early 2000s. A project to create a multi-story condominium development began the permitting process but never made it past planning phases. The property continues to be held by the same real estate investor who purchased it in the 1970s.

In January Chicago’s landmark gay bathhouse Man’s Country closed after 44 years in business.

Shall we start a $2.15 million dollar GoFundMe campaign to buy it and save our historic gay sex spaces?

NBC Fires Matt Lauer from the Today Show Over “Inappropriate workplace behavior”

 

NBC News has fired longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauer for inappropriate workplace behavior.

The network opened the “Today” show on Wednesday with news of the termination. NBC News chairman Andy Lack released a statement, saying the network had “received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer.”

“It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment,” Lack wrote. “While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

No further information is available at this time.

 

 

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against San Jose Police Over Gay Sex Sting Operation

 

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the San Jose Police Department which accuses the department of singling out gay men during sting operations held in 2014 and 2015 at Columbus park. Police officers posed as decoys and solicited men they perceived to be gay to have sex with them.

The restroom has long been known as a gay cruising spot where men meet each other for sex.

Attorney Bruce Nickerson filed the suit accusing the SJPD of treating the men differently because of their sexual orientation and denying their constitutional rights.

Says Nickerson, the arrests should be thrown out “Because the decoy automatically makes every arrest invalid by generating in the mind of the defendant the reasonable belief that the decoy is interested and not likely to be offended.”

Nickerson also states that  that the department was unfairly targeting gay men for arrests and citations — for absurd charges such as “loitering near a bathroom with the intent to commit a lewd act.”

“It is the Gay equivalent of stopping Jim Crow laws. You want to know how many decoy arrests there were for male/female lewd conduct? Zero.” said Nickerson. 

San Jose police and prosecutors argue the cases deny claims of prejudice. SJPD spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia objects to even calling the operations “stings” because no overtime was used and the officers work their shifts in plainclothes anyway

“A lot of gay rights attorneys turn up their noses at what I do,” Nickerson said. “But there’s a reason I do these kinds of cases. Because worse than being fired because you’re gay is to be arrested for being gay. The most fundamental right is to be free of imprisonment.”

Last year, a Santa Clara County judge dismissed charges against six men arrested by San Jose police and criticized the department out for singling out gay men.

Gay News Flashback – New York Times 11/14/1985: “BATHHOUSES REFLECT AIDS CONCERNS”

Reprinted from New York Times 

 

BATHHOUSES REFLECT AIDS CONCERNS

 

Attendance has declined at the 10 homosexual bathhouses in New York since the onset of the AIDS epidemic, according to the city’s Department of Health. But some of the owners report that business remains profitable despite mounting public pressure that the baths be closed.

”I’ve gone through my own particular moral crisis with this,” said Bruce Mailman, a homosexual and a Lower East Side real-estate entrepreneur who owns the St. Marks Baths, as well as the Saint, a homosexual discotheque. ”Am I profiting from other people’s misery? I don’t think so. I think I’m running an establishment that handles itself as well as it can under the circumstances.”

Mr. Mailman reports a 50 percent decline in attendance since 1982, while Jim Schwartz, who describes himself as a minority stockholder at the East Side Sauna, one of the city’s smaller bathhouses, said business had declined 25 percent, from nearly 2,000 customers a week to about 1,500.

Neither of the owners was willing to describe his profits in detail but both said that if they were not making money they would close their doors, as five other local bathhouses have done in recent years.

Forums for Education

With nearly 14,000 cases of AIDS reported nationwide, 6,700 in New York, homosexual men are increasingly calling for the closing of the baths, and many are criticizing homosexuals who profit from their operation.

Both Governor Cuomo and Mayor Koch are reconsidering their positions that such places, licensed by the city’s Health Department, are useful forums for educating homosexuals about the sexual practices that spread acquired immune deficiency syndrome, which is usually fatal.

”Because the circumstances have changed, because political opinion makes us bad guys, that doesn’t mean I’m doing something morally incorrect,” said Mr. Mailman. ”In my own terms, my behavior is correct and I’ll do what I believe as long as I can do it.”

At the St. Marks Baths, for the price of a locker or a room, patrons now get a free condom, enclosed in a package that bears the legend ”the contents of this envelope could save your life.”

Complies With Guidelines

To Mr. Mailman, this is evidence that he runs a ”beautifully maintained facility” that the city or state should inspect like a restaurant and only close for specific violations.

”I’m tired of the seamy notion of this,” he said during a recent tour of portions of the St. Marks Baths, at 6 St. Marks Place, off Third Avenue in Greenwich Village. ”It’s quite beautiful, expensive and well done.”

According to dozens of men familiar with bathhouses around the city, only the St. Marks and the East Side Sauna, at 227 East 56th Street, between Third and Second Avenues, are currently in compliance with guidelines drafted by a homosexual group called the Coalition for Sexual Responsibility that were recommended to Governor Cuomo by his AIDS Advisory Council as an alternative to closing the bathhouses. Both baths are owned by homosexuals, which is apparently the exception rather than the rule in a business where owners rarely make their identities known.

Michael Callen, a member of the advisory council and a bathhouse patron until he contracted AIDS, gives credit grudgingly to the bathhouses that comply with the guidelines. The guidelines include the distribution of free condoms and so-called safe-sex literature, the use of high levels of chlorine in swimming pools and the availability of lubricants and soap in individual packages or pump-top dispensers.

”They did it with a gun to their heads,” Mr. Callen said. ”They didn’t do it for the clients.”

A Safe-Sex Pledge

Mr. Mailman and Mr. Schwartz said in separate interviews that they might band together with other owners in legal action should the baths be ordered closed, but would not protest the closing of establishments that failed to abide by the guidelines. ”I’m not going to defend their right to be sloppy,” Mr. Mailman said.

At the St. Marks Baths, patrons also are expected to sign a pledge that they understand and will abide by the safe-sex guidelines, which are largely designed to eliminate the exchange of body fluids during anal intercourse or oral sex, two practices linked to the transmission of AIDS. Patrons and owners say that the vast majority of men are now practicing safe sex, but acknowledge that it is impossible to know for sure what goes on behind the closed doors of the private rooms.

In different ways, both Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Mailman argue that bathhouses are a necessary element of the homosexual lifestyle.

Mr. Schwartz said he viewed the East Side Sauna as ”so much less intimidating than gay bars” and thus a more sympathetic meeting place.

”We do not condone multiple-partner sex,” he said. ”If we found somebody being a real pig, we would ask him to leave, which we’ve done. From a business point of view, we make as much money from one person having sex with one person as one person having sex with 40.”

Baths Called Safer

Mr. Mailman, however, staunchly defends what many consider promiscuous behavior.

”Theoretically,” Mr. Mailman said, ”you could have sex safely with 100 people or unsafely with one. I keep hearing, ‘I’ll cut back; I’ll just go out every six months.’ What good is that if the one time you go out you have unsafe sex? You’re better off in the baths.”

As a rule, bathhouse patrons can choose between a locker, which costs about $7 for eight hours, or a private room, which costs several dollars more. At the East Side Sauna, which occupies parts of three floors in an office building, there is a steam room and sauna, television and video lounges and what is known as ”the group room.”

”How do you say this nicely?” said Mr. Schwartz. ”Basically, it’s an orgy room.”

Increased Lighting

At the St. Marks Baths there is a restaurant, a tiled swimming pool and hot tub, a steam room and sauna, and a room known as ”the dormitory,” where Mr. Mailman said he recently increased the lighting to discourage group sex.

The four-story building on St. Marks Place was a Turkish bath from 1906 until the late 1970’s, when the elderly of the Lower East Side briefly shared the facilities with a nighttime clientele of homosexuals. Those days are long forgotten by Mr. Mailman’s patrons, but an even earlier manifestation of the St. Marks Baths is preserved with a plaque on the building’s brick and aluminum facade.

”On this site,” the plaque reads, ”stood the winter residence from 1834-1836 and the last New York City home of the novelist James FenimoreCooper.”

**EDITORS NOTE:

The St. Marks Baths was closed on December 6th. 1985 after city inspectors at the bathhouse reported seeing 50 acts of ”unsafe sex” involving more than 80 men which violated unsafe, or high-risk, sexual activity as defined in New York State’s newly mandated regulations against sex in business establishment.  

In the court papers, the city emphasized, as it has in the past, that it was seeking not to single out homosexuals but ”to protect the public health.”

Jack Stoddard, a manager of the bathhouse, called the state rules ”very anti-homosexual.”

 

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RENTBOY CEO Sentenced to 6 Months In Prison

 

Jeffrey Hurant, the former CEO of the website  Rentboy.com, was sentenced to six months in prison by U.S. District Judge Margo K. Brodie in Brooklyn.

“The very thing that is illegal – there is no question it did a lot of good,” Brodie said as she announced the sentence, which included a $7,500 fine.

Hurant said he created the website so sex workers could proceed in a safer manner.

Prosecutors wanted him to serve at least a short term to deter operators of other escort services from similar misconduct, while his lawyers have argued that he deserves no more than probation. 

In letters to the court, the lawmakers, civil rights organizations and other supporters have cautioned that a tough sentence could send the wrong message to the gay community.

The case is troubling “because it harkens back to a dark chapter in our nation’s history when the government used its vast resources to target and threaten LGBT adults by exposing their private consensual sexual activity,” wrote state Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat.

Five New York City council members from the LGBT community also signed a letter arguing that “a harsh sentence will serve neither society nor the Los Angeles Rehab of Mr. Hurant.” 

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Prosecutors had alleged that Rentboy was the equivalent of an online brothel, and what the site called escorts were actually prostitutes. They said part of the proof was in the explicit ads that featured nude photos, listings of all manner of physical attributes and pricing options ranging from $150 an hour to $3,500 for a weekend. – via CBS.com

There has still been no explanation why Homeland Security was involved in the raid upon Rentboy.com in 2015. Many gay activists along with this website have questioned why the agency would single out Rentboy when other escort websites, gay or straight, continue to do business. 

“We must fearlessly fight for the rights for consensual adults to choose what they do with their bodies,” Hurant said as he left court, hugging some 30 friends and family members who had come to show their support.

18 Men Arrested in Florida Gay Sex Stings at Parks, Mugshots and Names Published

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood and his deputies arrested 18 men in a four-day sex sting in six public parks. Several Florida news outlets published all 18 mugshots along with names and places of residence for all arrested.

Said Chitwood in a news conference: “If you insist in going in our parks and trails and engage in this type of despicable behavior you may find yourself in handcuffs. It’s important that we set the tone that our parks and trails are safe for families.”

During the sting, undercover deputies sat on park benches and waited for the men to approach. According to the police reports, the men often steered the conversation to sex, began to rub the undercover deputies or expose their genitalia to them, and, in some cases, masturbate.

All the men were arrested and charged with indecent exposure in public and committing lewd acts, according to arrest records. Two men were also charged with battery, and one man was charged with battery only.

The men arrested ranged in age from 28 to 78, though the majority were middle-aged or older, Chitwood said. – The News Journal 

The Daytona Beach News Journal‘s published a video of one man being arrested.

FOX 35 reports below:

 

Indonesian Police Arrest 141 Men At ‘Gay Sex Party’ In Jakarta

Indonesian Police Arrest 141 Men At 'Gay Sex Party' In Jakarta

Indonesian police have arrested 141 men attending what they called a “gay sex party” at a sauna in the capital Jakarta late on Sunday.

Police said attendees, including a Briton and a Singaporean, paid 185,000 rupiahs ($14; £10) to attend.

Homosexuality is not illegal under Indonesian law, except in conservative Aceh province.

But Jakarta police spokesman Raden Argo Yuwono said some of those detained could be charged under Indonesia’s harsh anti-pornography laws.

“There were gay people who were caught strip-teasing and masturbating in the scene,” he told BBC Indonesian.

Under the ambiguously-worded laws, putting on a live strip show for the enjoyment of the public could be construed as “pornography”.

Indonesia has witnessed increasing hostility towards its small and low-profile LGBT community.

Earlier this month, Indonesian police arrested 14 people in the city of Surabaya for allegedly holding a gay party. They could also face charges under anti-pornography laws.

The recent swiftness and intensity of the attacks against Indonesia’s lesbian, gay, community has taken its members by surprise.

Defence Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu has described the movement for gay rights in Indonesia as a form of a modern warfare – an attempt by Western nations to undermine the country’s sovereignty. Then former communications minister Tifatul Sembiring made a call on Twitter, where he has more than one million followers, for the public to kill any gay people that they find.