Prostitution has long been legal and regulated in the state of Nevada, but a technicality in the law—a health code requirement for “cervical” exams to check for STD’s—had prevented males from serving as prostitutes. The state’s board of health has now lifted that barrier (by allowing urethral exams as well), and Bobbi Davis, owner of a brothel called the Shady Lady Ranch, plans “to add male prostitutes to her stable of sex workers” (in the words of the Las Vegas Sun).
The principal opposition to this step came from an odd source—the lobbyist for the Nevada Brothel Owners Association, George Flint, whom the Sun describes as a “former Assemblies of God minister.” Flint went on record despite the fact that, as the Sun reported, “the [brothel] industry has previously tried to avoid any controversy.”
Flint apparently worries that homosexual male hookers will give the industry a bad name. “We’ve worked hard for years to make the traditional brothel business in this state socially acceptable [and] something we can be proud of that most Nevadans accept.” That struck me as one of the most bizarre quotes of the year—but apparently there are at least a few hundred people in Las Vegas who agree, since the Sun’s online poll showed 475 readers (84% of those voting) affirmed that “brothels are socially acceptable,” while only 85 (15%) disagreed.
Flint’s specific concern is the risk of transmitting HIV between prostitutes and clients—something that he claims the “traditional” brothels have been effective at preventing. “Now we’re getting into an [area] that doesn’t enjoy the same track record.”
This does not mean that there has never been homosexual prostitution in Nevada. The female prostitutes have long been free to accept either male or female clients, according to the report, and male prostitutes will have the same right.
This raises serious questions about gender equity, however. If a Christian psychologist or a fertility doctor is not free to turn away a homosexual client for fear of “discrimination” charges, how can a homosexual male prostitute be allowed to turn away a female client? Isn’t that discrimination, too? On the other hand, if you require them to take all clients, then maybe that would effectively mean that only bisexuals can work as prostitutes in Nevada. Wouldn’t that be discrimination, too?
Such are thickets in which the sexual revolution and political correctness entrap us. In the meantime, if you want to know how to get to Las Vegas—just climb in a handbasket and travel toward the heat as far as you can go.
Las Vegas Sun: New era: Health authorities open brothels to male prostitutes [with poll]