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Close the San Francisco and Boston Bathhouses!!!

Timothy Kincaid

January 23rd, 2008

Update for Peter LaBarbera’s readers: The post you’re really looking for is here: Is MRSA The New Gay Plague? It’s the post he doesn’t want you to see.

sm-bathhouse.jpgAs we reported earlier, the usual crowd of anti-gay activists jumped all over the faulty stories about outbreaks of MRSA in San Francisco and Boston. Although subsequent reporting (and our indepth analysis) clearly shows that the anti-gays were completely wrong in their accusations, rather than repent of their false accusations, they simply changed directions.

Concerned Women for America issued a press release quoting their own Matt Barber “inviting” the gay community to join his campaign against bathhouses

Therefore, these groups should publicly condemn those specific ‘high-risk behaviors’ which this study has concluded are responsible for spreading MRSA among homosexuals.

“In light of this behaviorally related MRSA outbreak,” said Barber, “we additionally ask HRC and other groups to call on local health agencies to shut down the many bathhouses and sex clubs around the country where men meet for anonymous sex with other men, often multiple partners, on a daily basis. These places create the ‘perfect storm’ for infectious disease, including MRSA.

Peter LaBarbera printed Concerned Woman Barber’s press release with the heading

CWA Invites Homosexual Groups to Work to Curb Spread of MRSA

and put in his own support for the effort

Well, folks, I’m not exactly expecting Human Rights Campaign and the rest of the “gay” lobby to hop on this request for cooperation from my good friend Matt Barber of CWA, but it sure would be progress if they did.

So will Box Turtle Bulletin join the cry to close down those bathhouses in San Francisco and Boston that were so integral to the spread of MRSA? Well, we might consider the question, if they existed!

What the anti-gays failed to notice is that neither San Francisco nor Boston has a single public gay bathhouse. San Francisco closed down bathhouses in 1984 at the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic and the closest bathhouses to San Francisco are in Berkeley and San Jose. Bostonites can head down to Providence.

So yet again we see that the claims of anti-gays have no basis in reality.



TJ McFisty
January 23rd, 2008 | LINK

So the one in leBabs own Chi-town neighborhood (Steamworks) gets a bye? Hmmmph. Guess he needs to keep that one open for his own selfish reasons.

January 23rd, 2008 | LINK

SF may not have “bathhouses” per se, but it has at least two sex clubs that I can think of off the top of my head. Barber does in fact say “bathhouses and sex clubs,” in his quote, so, um, well I think you might just’ve missed the boat on this one.

January 23rd, 2008 | LINK

It’s far more likely that it’s being passed in the heavily used local gyms than in the few relatively lightly used sex clubs in SF. And I don’t say this to denigrate the gyms: Even the most diligent gyms don’t have staffers going around with disinfectant to every bar, bench and locker room stool between users.

a. mcewen
January 23rd, 2008 | LINK

i think there are other considerations also. i would see credibility in barber and labarbera’s statements if they were consistent.

I know of several places where heterosexuals go to “swing.” hell pornos are made about them. also, there are several online sites featuring amateur heterosexuals having group sex.

why are they given a pass? because this mea culpa by the anti-gay industry is a tactic to take attention away from their public tongue lashing over this incident.

let’s not give them total credibility on the matter.

January 24th, 2008 | LINK

The sex clubs in these cities are pretty well known. Many advertise in the gay media.

I am equivocal about closing them though because I think that would shift the activity to far less safe places like parks.

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