RentBoy Escort Service Plundered By Feds, Gay Activists Bloviate About Shades Of 1950s


Talk about seeing bias and discrimination around every corner.  Yes, the #BlackLivesMatter crowd does, but so do homosexuals.  A gay escort service, RentBoy, in Lower Manhattan was raided by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, and activists in the gay community saw 50 shades of the 1950s come back to haunt them.  From The New York Times:

“To many in our community this feels like a throwback to when the police raided gay bars in the ’50s and ’60s,” Justin Vivian Bond, a performer and an activist who is transgender, wrote in an email. “This invasion of a consensual hookup site which is run for and by members of the L.G.B.T. community feels like a real slap in the face after gentrification and the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations drove so many gay bars out of business and forced people to meet online instead of in person,” the activist added, referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Oh, that’s nice.  Blame Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg because the vast majority of the people who visit New York don’t want to look at men in drag, and witness what we consider unnatural fraternization.

The charges against the management of RentBoy include prostitution.  Why the raid was carried out solely by the Department of Homeland Security is a mystery.  Gay writer Dan Savage wanted to know on his blog when it became the DHS‘s “job to protect gay and bi men from buying and selling blowjobs?”  Good question, actually, since prostitution was the main charge, and RentBoy operated for decades within the gay community.  Well, as it turns out, the New York Times is reporting that the charges also include conspiring to violate the Travel Act by promoting prostitution, so maybe that has something to do with the safety and security of the people.  Somewhere.

The Transgender Law Center released a statement:

“With this raid, the U.S. federal government is not only jeopardizing countless people’s lives and only source of livelihood, but sending a clear and troubling message that the country is less invested in addressing systemic issues of racial, economic, and anti-LGBT injustice than in further criminalizing the individuals most marginalized by those systems.”

So, then is the complaint more about the return of the 1950s, or legalizing prostitution and sex work?  According to the New York Times, RentBoy’s users were known to post ads complete with penis size and fetish preferences.  In addition, there is a website called where men can rate their experience.  That isn’t simply the activity of people using a hook-up site.  That’s good business.  Sort of a Yelp for male prostitutes.

From The Huffington Post:

“I believe the reason we find so many sex workers are queer and trans folks are twofold,” Sarah Jenny Bleviss, co-founder of Sex Workers Outreach Project New York City (SWOP-NYC), told The Huffington Post. “In our community, we have many folks who are marginalized by society, sometimes outcast by families or denied job opportunities. And for some who have already experienced society’s stigmas, sometimes it is just isn’t a far leap to consider a stigmatized profession, whether it be as an exotic dancer, dominatrix or escort. Everyone’s foray into sex work is individual and unique to their lived experience, though. It’s difficult to generalize in a way that is fair to those experiences.”

[How many ways can you say “pout”?]

While that may be true, and the raid of RentBoy DID cost a lot of people their jobs and their only source of income, the fact remains that those professions ARE sanctioned, and they are not looked upon with favor in this country.  Making prostitution legal is not going to change that.  Social acceptance cannot be legislated.  The abortion lobby found that out.  And the gay lobby is in the middle of that discovery themselves.

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A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.