US Cops Arresting Gay Men for Sex

Not in 1969, stings are common today in 2019

James Finn
Aug 17, 2019 · 6 min read
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I grew up watching Happy Days, starring Ron Howard.

26 men arrested in D.C. over the past year

“It seems pathetic to be trying to pick up people in a bathroom or park. Don’t do sleazy stuff in public and you don’t have to worry about being arrested.”

Stings and ’name and shame’ operations are common

18 men named and shamed in Florida

Dozens named and shamed in San Jose, California

At least 55 men named and shamed in Long Beach, California

Lawsuit filed for false arrests in New York and New Jersey

13 men arrested for public sex in a private space in Hollywood, Florida

Police practices constitute discriminatory entrapment

Homophobia is the root of the problem

So long as it’s straight love

No Blueberry Hill for us gay and bisexual men

If the stings ever stop, we’ll know homophobia is finally fading away for good.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

James Finn - The Blog

Collected Writings. Stories and ramblings from a long-time LGBTQ thinker and activist.

James Finn

Written by

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

James Finn - The Blog

Collected Writings. Stories and ramblings from a long-time LGBTQ thinker and activist.

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