Gay Sex and Class War

Gay Sex and Class War

Over the course of a couple months, the queer open sex culture of New Orleans was replaced with a Starbucks. Two bars with a storied past of raunchy gay sex on their premises were visited by the State, told to turn off their porn and make their customers stop fucking all over the place. On December 19, 2018, the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission cited French Quarter gay bar The Rawhide after a complaint was filed in September alleging “lewd public sex acts,” male prostitution, pornography, drug use, and “pup play” – all of which had apparently been illegal in bars all along. Shortly after the Rawhide’s hearing before the ATC, the Phoenix bar was subjected to the same treatment – not an old-fashioned raid, but a series of “compliance checks” by the ATC, ending with a hearing and citations. The results were the same in each case: no more pornography, no more sex on premises.

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