NY Daily News tabloid gives gay-bashers a map
Published Aug 25, 2005 3:25 AM
Why did the New York Daily
News run a full-page article on Aug. 16 about a New York City subway platform in
an oppressed community that allegedly draws gay and bisexual men late at
The Daily News reported, “A Bronx subway platform has become
a popular spot for gay men to have anonymous casual sexual encounters, the Daily
News has learned.”
After naming the subway station and specifying
exactly how far it was from the end of that particular line, the News added:
“The cruising area is at the northern end of the long southbound platform.
Anything goes, largely unnoticed—except to those in the
If gay men do meet there, and this fact goes largely
unnoticed by other subway riders, why did the Daily News feel all its readers
should be “in the know”?
Since this article did not appear on
the “singles” pages, it would be hard to argue that the newspaper is
trying to help its gay and bisexual readership find sexual pleasure or
The tip-off grew clearer: “But the activity at the
platform is more than a public lewdness issue; in this era of AIDS, casual sex
Public lewdness: Didn’t the article report that the
activity went largely unnoticed? Casual sex can kill: Is the Daily News really
worried about the health of gay and bisexual men?
“In 2003, a Health
Department survey showed just 45 percent of men used condoms when engaging in
gay sex.” No mention here of the percentage of men who use condoms when
engaging in heterosexual acts.
“The spread of AIDS led city
officials to close gay bathhouses and spurred a public awareness campaign about
the dangers of casual sex, especially among gay men.”
the kicker. AIDS, long understood to have reached pandemic proportions around
the world among people of all sexualities, nationalities and regions, is once
again invoked as a “gay disease” in this sensationalized
If bigots follow the Daily News directions to the subway station
and attempt to bash the men they find there—who are seeking each other out
for consensual activities that went “largely unnoticed” before this
full-page spread—will this tabloid’s headlines also exploit that
news story it helped to whip up?
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