The story of how a single site brought politicians to their knees, gave sexy young men a place to cruise and the legality of the worlds oldest profession.
In September 2010 and March 2013, Easy Rent Systems Inc. -- Rentboy.com's registered name on public record -- applied to the United States Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services for an H-1B non-immigrant working Visa on behalf of Soto Decker.
There is someting that happens when I stand reading the latest analysis about this year's election. I start to see the satire that has become our great political system. As I try to digest and analyze the information and cold calculation of information pouring in, I pause.
Sex in the 20th Century post-same-sex marriage world is way too often treated as if it has no material consequences, on the heels of a generation that paid for it in mortal ones.
But then, sex workers are "terrorized every day" by law enforcement.
If this is the "Stonewall" of sex work, let it not be the aftermath of Stonewall where a privileged minority colonizes and benefits off the work of society's "others."
There has been much speculation over why the raid at RentBoy occurred, considering they have operated openly for the past 20 years. My belief, sadly, is that they were targeted and brought down because of PRIDE. And in the spirt of that pride, today I am releasing part of a film that we had been working on months before the raid of RentBoy.
The Rentboy raid is just the latest salvo in what civil rights attorneys and sex worker rights advocates say is an "ongoing war against sex" by the government.
I join Lambda Legal Defense, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and activists like Justin Vivian Bond and Peter Staley who all support Rentboy.com. Mostly, I support the rent boys themselves--I stand with sex worker.
The message from the federal government has largely been a threat to the lives and livelihood of US citizens, who are, it must be said, under the law, criminals.