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D.C. LGBT Activists Push to Legalize Prostitution – The Sexist – Washington City Paper

Posted: June 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on D.C. LGBT Activists Push to Legalize Prostitution – The Sexist – Washington City Paper

Among The Gay & Lesbian Activist Alliance (GLAA) 2010 priorities such as "keeping same-sex marriage legal, fighting HIV in D.C., and addressing the city’s response to hate crimes," is the controversial goal of legalizing prostitution. GLAA political director Rick Rosendall calls the group's position "essentially conservative", noting that criminalizing "survival sex" does little to help people in need of services like job programs, substance abuse treatment and housing. DC reporter Mike DeBonis paraphrased the argument by saying, "get rid of the street trade, and you get rid of the accompanying trash, loitering, and noise problems." Rosendall adds, "Most of the public officials we talk to agree with us privately," although to date none have said so publicly.

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