Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle may want to do his homework. The Fort Lauderdale mayor made waves when he suggested installing $250,000 for so-called robo-toilets, which allow occupants a limited amount of time before popping open and giving the world a show. Why would Naugle make such an outrageous request? Because his queer constituents simply can’t stop fucking in the bathroom. Or so he says – he also refuses to use the word gay, because “homosexuals” aren’t “happy”. Needless to say, the homos weren’t “happy” about Naugle’s claims and launched a campaign to unseat the sex-obsessed politico.
Journo Steve Rothaus, meanwhile, has taken his protest to the papers and reveals Naugle’s greatest fear: he’s wrong.
The way Naugle sees it, every toilet in Fort Lauderdale’s overflowing with homo-sex. According to Rothaus, who interviewed local coppers, public sex remains a negligible “problem”: South Florida law enforcement agencies say they receive occasional complaints and make a few arrests, but they don’t spend much time cracking down on it.
Since 2005, Fort Lauderdale has reported two arrests for sexual activity in a public restroom.
”I don’t know whether it’s the perception or the reality, but it doesn’t seem like it’s that much of a problem,” Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jim Leljedal said.
What’s more, while Naugle and his swamp dwelling supporters would like to believe only gay men have sex in public, Professor William Leap tells Rothaus that ain’t so:
American University anthropology Professor William Leap has spent more than a decade researching male sex in public places. In 1999, he edited an academic compilation called Public Sex/Gay Space. His conclusion is that up to half of the men who seek this kind of sex are not gay.
”We are talking about a recreational, erotic activity that involves all different kinds of men,” he said. “That fact has got to get burned into public consciousness. If we are going to demonize individuals, then we need to be looking at a broad category of men. That includes ministers and city officials, all kind of respectable, upscale people.”
Maybe we were wrong about Bob Allen, the Republican state representative who offered a cop $20 bucks to let him suck him off. Maybe Allen’s really straight and just looking for a little action.
Meanwhile, we continue to be right about Naugle: he’s a homophobic prick who needs to get his mind out of the gutter. Although, come to think of it, Naugle’s fascination with dick could point to a bit of latent homosexuality….