Be part of the community. Be part of QnotesCarolinas. Use the unsubscribe link in those s to opt out at any time. Fortunately, real journalism uncovers hard s — facts backed up by police records — that show an astonishingly low rate of arrests for men soliciting so-called crimes against nature in public places. The following qnotes report details how one Charlotte news station helped to perpetuate the myth of gay men as sexual predators. All the evidence points toward one solid conclusion: illegal sexual activity by men engaging in sex with other men is a mere minor concern when compared to the overwhelming of arrests and citations related to heterosexual prostitution.
The myth that gay men are predators is nothing new. Most gay or bisexual men hear it at some point in their lives, even from family members or close friends. The prejudiced myth dates back decades, if not centuries. A now-infamous educational film produced in and released in is among the most recognizable examples available in the public domain.
Produced for the Inglewood, Calif. The historic, cultural prejudice and bigotry against gay men — often painting them as sick and mentally ill, as the Inglewood film does — made a Feb. It has the appearance of any park until you read the fine print found on a website called cruisinggays.
One visitor on the website claims people have sex on many of the trails and warns people that men have been seen having sex in the open. Copies of the website postings were shown to parents during interviews.
At the time, Milligan said the station had learned of the hook-up website from a viewer. In fact, records dating back to Jan. WBTV also interviewed this writer, though qnotes later issued a statement clarifying statements the station misrepresented on air. We stick by the story and our reporting of that story.
No arrests were made in James Boyce Park in or in through Feb. We immediately undertook an investigation of arrests and charges for solicitation of a crime against nature and requested information from CMPD for all of and through the end of February.
Of the total, only 69 were men.
Forty-seven men were arrested and charged, and the remainder were issued citations. After reviewing each, an obvious trend became clear.
The majority 32 of 47 of cases were related to prostitution or narcotics activity, including several specifically linked to CMPD-led prostitution and narcotics investigations. Only 15 cases involved men charged with a non-prostitution- non-drug-related solicitation of a crime against nature. Tryon St. We have a proliferation of it on the internet. It used to be Craigslist; now it is Back. We also have a decent sized street prostitution problem here in Charlotte and at back massage parlors.
Similarly, stings and operations targeting other types of illegal sexual activity in public are also guided by complaints. The Society of Professional Journalists calls news-media professionals to seek the truth, report it with thoroughness and fairness, to minimize harm, and be able to mistakes, unethical practices and public grievances. The overwhelming majority of journalists abide by such codes, though, occasionally, journalists shirk their duties and responsibilities to the public in exchange for sensationalistic tabloidism.
The lopsided s all point to heterosexual prostitution as the primary issue of concern among sexual crimes in Charlotte — not men who have sex with men. Upon further investigation and upon being exposed to the public, these facts are clear to even the most casual of observers.
Yet, reporter Steve Crump and WBTV opted to ignore calls for accuracy, chose to distort and mislead the few facts they cared to report and played into decades-old prejudices and stereotypes of gay men. Such behavior is a clear violation of journalistic ethics and can do irreparable harm to LGBT people.
We also sought to hold our colleagues at WBTV able.
This report — the culmination of research and investigation, not sensationalism and half-truths — has done just that. So, let the myth be quashed.
There is no overwhelming problem — that is, except for heterosexual prostitution. The evidence points Charlotte — and, in particular, County Commissioner Bill James and WBTV — in one clear direction: stop scapegoating gay men and start looking in the mirror. Misbehaving heterosexuals are your problem. Leave us gay folk alone. Matt Comer ly served as editor from October through August and as a staff writer afterward in More by Matt Comer. You are obviously taken by your learnt hatred for gays.
I pity you. There is a definite disparity of justice and you my little smegma drop are clueless. So the lack of arrests does not indicate that the behavior is not occurring, only that the law is not being enforced. Anyone with any knowledge of the subject is well aware that there are a great many men seeking sex with one another at rest areas, public rest rooms, and, yes, public parks.
To deny this is ludicrous. Now, does this mean that every gay man is involved with such behavior?
Of course not. my list. You're on the list.
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