Gay Man Says He was Arrested - for We...

Gay Man Says He was Arrested - for Wearing a Thong

There are 65 comments on the EDGE story from Mar 14, 2012, titled Gay Man Says He was Arrested - for Wearing a Thong. In it, EDGE reports that:

A man is claiming that he is the first person in San Diego history to be arrested for public nudity for wearing a thong under a gladiator kilt during the city's gay pride event, the Courthouse News Service reported.

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FaFoxy

“ WOOF !”

Since: Oct 10

Coolidge, AZ

#1 Mar 14, 2012
I read this story elsewhere. I think he will win his case. He wasn't nude according to what I read.

It reminds me of a case just a few years ago where a woman in Manhattan was arrested for being bare-breasted in public. The police arrested her because they said she was breaking the law by being in public with her breasts uncovered.

But in the early 80's the New York Court Of Appeals ruled that such laws were unconstitutional, and that women had the right to be bare-breasted in public, just as men are allowed to. The Manhattan D.A.'s office refused to prosecute the woman.

But that wasn't the end of it. She sued the city for the illegal arrest, and was awarded $ 25,000.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#2 Mar 14, 2012
Such attire should be illegal only for straight, middle-aged, overweight French Canadians who overrun the Maine beaches every summer.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#3 Mar 14, 2012
While reading the news article I got the glaring impression that police anti-hispanic racism was the reason he was singled out and harassed by the police
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A full federal investigation of the police department should take place to clean out homophobia; corruption; and racial profiling
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He was dressed better than the cops were ;o))

“religion is corrupt-able”

Since: Jul 07

Bloomington, IN

#4 Mar 14, 2012
His attire is much like a lot of the other outfits, so, yeah... he was singled out for something. Tsk tsk.
hank

Gainesville, TX

#5 Mar 14, 2012
i'm sorry to report this kind of behavior is what spoils peoples opinions of gay folks. there's no reason, other than wanting to rile people up, for SOME gays to try to be so "in your face". look at newsclips about gay pride parades, all they show is the flamboyant "flamers", not normal looking, normal acting gays. most staight people don't try to flaunt and force there sexuality on gay folks, and the ones that do are generally thought of as dumbasses, so please don't try to force your sexuality on us. we don't want to see it, just like we don't want to watch mixed sex couples kissing and groping one another in public. it's something for behind closed doors.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#6 Mar 14, 2012
hank wrote:
i'm sorry to report this kind of behavior is what spoils peoples opinions of gay folks. there's no reason, other than wanting to rile people up, for SOME gays to try to be so "in your face". look at newsclips about gay pride parades, all they show is the flamboyant "flamers", not normal looking, normal acting gays. most staight people don't try to flaunt and force there sexuality on gay folks, and the ones that do are generally thought of as dumbasses, so please don't try to force your sexuality on us. we don't want to see it, just like we don't want to watch mixed sex couples kissing and groping one another in public. it's something for behind closed doors.
Yeah, right. He was no more-scantily clad than the average cheer leader at a football game. You straights have been shoving heterosexuality down our throats. If you don't want to see gay guys decked out for a celebration, stay away from pride celebrations.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#7 Mar 14, 2012
FaFoxy wrote:
I read this story elsewhere. I think he will win his case. He wasn't nude according to what I read.
It reminds me of a case just a few years ago where a woman in Manhattan was arrested for being bare-breasted in public. The police arrested her because they said she was breaking the law by being in public with her breasts uncovered.
But in the early 80's the New York Court Of Appeals ruled that such laws were unconstitutional, and that women had the right to be bare-breasted in public, just as men are allowed to. The Manhattan D.A.'s office refused to prosecute the woman.
But that wasn't the end of it. She sued the city for the illegal arrest, and was awarded $ 25,000.
Further, there should be a height/weight allowance for spandex.

Spandex is a privilege, not a right.

FaFoxy

“ WOOF !”

Since: Oct 10

Coolidge, AZ

#8 Mar 14, 2012
hank wrote:
i'm sorry to report this kind of behavior is what spoils peoples opinions of gay folks. there's no reason, other than wanting to rile people up, for SOME gays to try to be so "in your face". look at newsclips about gay pride parades, all they show is the flamboyant "flamers", not normal looking, normal acting gays. most staight people don't try to flaunt and force there sexuality on gay folks, and the ones that do are generally thought of as dumbasses, so please don't try to force your sexuality on us. we don't want to see it, just like we don't want to watch mixed sex couples kissing and groping one another in public. it's something for behind closed doors.
I agree. And as a devout church-going Protestant what I find equally disgusting are those shameless Catholics that parade down the street on St. Patrick's Day and try to shove their Roman Catholicism down the throats of God-fearing Protestants like myself !

I don't mind Catholics but why do they have to flaunt it ?! Let them keep thier Roman catholicism behind close doors where decent American Protesants don't have it shoved in their faces everyday. My German Lutheran ancestors didn't flee Europe just to have the disgusting Roman Catholic lifestyle constantly paraded in front of them. DISGUSTING !
Mitt s Santorum Slippage

Wilmington, DE

#9 Mar 14, 2012
hank wrote:
staight people don't try to flaunt and force there sexuality on gay folks, and the ones that do are generally thought of as dumbasses, so please don't try to force your sexuality on us.
1. You're a liar and comically stupid, what with all your high school proms and horny reality TV and romantic comedies and high school proms and engagement announcements. Looks pretty flaunted to me.

2. As for you not wanting to "see it," you're out of luck, Jethro. Move to Iran if you don't want to be aware of variations in sexual orientation. You crakkker.
Mitt s Santorum Slippage

Wilmington, DE

#10 Mar 14, 2012
Tizzle wrote:
His attire is much like a lot of the other outfits, so, yeah... he was singled out for something. Tsk tsk.
Yes, I think the charges against him will be kilt in short order.
Mitt s Santorum Slippage

Wilmington, DE

#11 Mar 14, 2012
Rainbow Kid wrote:
While reading the news article I got the glaring impression that police anti-hispanic racism was the reason he was singled out and harassed by the police....
They're not too bright. Perhaps they thought the kilt was a Muslim thing...and so did what NYC cops do - arrest the infidel.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#12 Mar 15, 2012
nhjeff wrote:
Such attire should be illegal only for straight, middle-aged, overweight French Canadians who overrun the Maine beaches every summer.
Interesting comment. I have said in the past that a lot of exposure of bare flesh either turns heads or churns stomachs.
Mona Lott

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Mar 15, 2012
Isn't it interesting when "straight" men repeatedly seek out gay forums to post on.
What could it possibly mean?
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#14 Mar 15, 2012
hank wrote:
i'm sorry to report this kind of behavior is what spoils peoples opinions of gay folks. there's no reason, other than wanting to rile people up, for SOME gays to try to be so "in your face". look at newsclips about gay pride parades, all they show is the flamboyant "flamers", not normal looking, normal acting gays. most staight people don't try to flaunt and force there sexuality on gay folks, and the ones that do are generally thought of as dumbasses, so please don't try to force your sexuality on us. we don't want to see it, just like we don't want to watch mixed sex couples kissing and groping one another in public. it's something for behind closed doors.
A Pride Parade is a *parade*; not a march
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Parades are for entertainment
http://media.villagevoice.com/6830073.87.jpg
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Marches are for trouble
http://media.mlive.com/grandrapidspress/photo...

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#15 Mar 15, 2012
This sounds like a case of gender and sexual orientation discrimination to me.

“Equality marches on! ”

Since: Apr 08

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#16 Mar 15, 2012
Anyone with a nice body like that should be welcomed out in public! I've seen statues with less clothing!

“I'm here to make friends, etc.”

Since: Sep 10

Fernandina Beach, Florida

#17 Mar 15, 2012
hank wrote:
i'm sorry to report this kind of behavior is what spoils peoples opinions of gay folks. there's no reason, other than wanting to rile people up, for SOME gays to try to be so "in your face". look at newsclips about gay pride parades, all they show is the flamboyant "flamers", not normal looking, normal acting gays. most staight people don't try to flaunt and force there sexuality on gay folks, and the ones that do are generally thought of as dumbasses, so please don't try to force your sexuality on us. we don't want to see it, just like we don't want to watch mixed sex couples kissing and groping one another in public. it's something for behind closed doors.
It's not the gay community's fault that people are so shallow, judgmental, narrow minded, and stereotyping. I think it's very unfair that we are all judged based on a few but when heterosexuals do something out of the ordinary all straights are judged harshly. It's a double standard and I don't think we should have to feel guilty or have to correct other gay people's behavior just because there are many straights who are ignorant, hateful, labeling, stereotyping, and judgmental (prejudice). People with that mentality are the same type of people who are racists and sexists and condemn religious minorities or say all Muslims, blacks, and Jews are a certain way. People who come to the wrong conclusions and judge people are the ones who are wrong not the guy wearing a thong. America seems to have more of a hang up about thongs and nudity anyway, not other countries. Maybe this country appears weird to the rest of the world. What about women that wear thongs? No one seems to make a big deal about until a man does it. How gender discriminatory is that?! No one seems to complain about mixed sex couples giving a kiss on the cheek in public but when a same sex couple does it everyone acts like it's live pornography. People need to grow up!

“I'm here to make friends, etc.”

Since: Sep 10

Fernandina Beach, Florida

#18 Mar 15, 2012
Correction: I think it's very unfair that we are all judged based on a few but when heterosexuals do something out of the ordinary all straights are NOT judged harshly for it like gays are.

“I'm here to make friends, etc.”

Since: Sep 10

Fernandina Beach, Florida

#19 Mar 15, 2012
Please don't judge the gay community based what an individual or individuals does. Everyone should be judged based on their own actions. An entire class of people should not be judged. So if women wear bikinis does that make them all sluts? I don't think so!

“I'm here to make friends, etc.”

Since: Sep 10

Fernandina Beach, Florida

#20 Mar 15, 2012
hank wrote:
i'm sorry to report this kind of behavior is what spoils peoples opinions of gay folks. there's no reason, other than wanting to rile people up, for SOME gays to try to be so "in your face". look at newsclips about gay pride parades, all they show is the flamboyant "flamers", not normal looking, normal acting gays. most staight people don't try to flaunt and force there sexuality on gay folks, and the ones that do are generally thought of as dumbasses, so please don't try to force your sexuality on us. we don't want to see it, just like we don't want to watch mixed sex couples kissing and groping one another in public. it's something for behind closed doors.
Are you not shoving heterosexuality down our throats right now? Are you not judging us as an entire community? I'm not flamboyant, in your face, but I won't put up with our community being demonized based on a few people. If people are that ignorant enough not to like me based on what SOMEONE ELSE does or they don't like me because I'm gay I really don't want people like that to like or associate with me. Their opinion doesn't matter to me and they can't make me feel any way I don't want to feel. I consider myself above trash like bigots.

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