A couple of friends of ours are honked off because a woman called the cops on them. They were sitting at the park enjoying the sunshine and minding their own business. The park was filled with moms and their children. One of these moms called the cops because she suspected these two men of intending to engage in some kind of illegal activity. I don’t know if she thought they were going to kidnap a child, go have sex in the woods, or what.
Needless to say, these friends are indignant. Who wouldn’t be? Some bitch calls the cops on you, you’d be pretty fried, too.
This friend decided to post about his unfortunate experience on his blog. Naturally, all the gays and gay wanna-bes are honked off and ready to take action. I think it’s bullshit, too, but what’s the appropriate response?
In my opinion, one appropriate response is for the gay community to address their responsibility in fostering this stereotype. Men of all sexual orientations commit crimes and do nasty things in public parks. Only gay men get the bad rap. Yeah that’s unfair and it sucks. But sex doesn’t belong in our public parks. The gay community needs to define its position on public sex and cruising in public parks and actively discourage members of its community from engaging in these behaviors.
Another way to take on this problem head on is to form a coalition of straights, gays, lesbians, and their pit bulls to patrol our city’s public parks. We should send a message to the lurkers, and the cruisers, and the elementary school teachers having public sex that we won’t tolerate it. We should send a message to the soccer moms and their bratty ass kids that we’re members of this community, we have families in this community, and we’re taking a stand against inappropriate behavior in our public parks.