Thursday, March 16, 2006

Peter LaBarbera: Bathhouse Sex With HIV Positive Gay Men Is Too Tempting

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks." - Shakespeare, Hamlet III

From your Chicago Sun-Times:
A "pro-family" group wants the Bush administration to revoke its decision to allow HIV-positive foreigners to enter the country for the Gay Games in Chicago this summer. ***

Peter LaBarbera, executive director of the Glen Ellyn-based Illinois Family Institute, says the waivers for the Gay Games in Chicago will create a potential public health threat. ***

Specifically, LaBarbera says a gay bathhouse listed on the games' Web site as a sponsor promotes "reckless sexual behavior" that could "pave the way for spreading [HIV]." ***

LaBarbera's group argues that the Gay Games bathhouse sponsor and other "extracurricular" activities show the event is about promoting a lifestyle more than athletics.

"These bathhouses can be very dangerous when you invite HIV in with an exception. The doors are closed, and you don't know what's going on inside," LaBarbera said. "That shows there's much more going on than just playing softball. . . . They're celebrating homosexuality and the more unseemly aspects of it."
Okay, here are a couple of simple tips for Peter LaBarbera and his ilk:
  1. If you don't want to catch something from an HIV positive gay man, don't have unprotected sex with HIV positive gay men.
  2. If you are worried about your family being exposed to the "reckless sexual behavior" in gay bathhouses, don't take your family to gay bathhouses.
This course of action has always worked for me. But then again, I'm not utterly obsessed with "what's going on" behind the closed doors of gay bathhouses.

Update: I took another look at the Gay Games website and couldn't find the gay bathhouse sponsor who's temptations so concern Mr. LaBarbera, but I did find the following extremist sponsors: Exelon, CNA Insurance, Orbitz, The New York Times, GlaxoSmithKline, Walgreens, Fleishman Hillard, your Chicago Sun-Times and the Los Angeles Police Department.

And as we all know, events sponsored by the LAPD inevitably end in "reckless sexual behavior."


Jonathan Kelley said...

FYI Austin, Steamworks is the facility in question, listed toward the end of the sponsors.

But more to the point, you're right. Steamworks, Crystal Lake, the Cook County GOP U-turn, the HIV-positive visitors. It's all a red herring. LaBarbara LOVES the fact that the Gay Games are comin' to his town. I'm sure IFI is making some good coin out of this. He'd have literally NOTHING to do with his time if he weren't able to fulminate over the threat to the world that is the gays. He's been doing it for years. I think if all the gays disappeared from the face of the earth, we would soon find him sitting in an all-white room, mumbling to himself something like "But what about the CHILDREN!!!???!!!"

Hmm, the way LaBarbara keeps losing all these fights, I'm wondering if we shouldn't get him to be the point person for Peter Roskam in November...?

Anonymous said...

I think if all the gays disappeared from the face of the earth, I suspect that you wouldn't be able to find Peter LaBarbera either


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