NCSF Action Alert Make Washington a safer place for safer-sex!

For the past three years, bar owners and clubs have faced an aggressive crackdown that has targeted SM activities. Current regulations force bar owners and hotel operators to regulate customer and employee behavior, under threat of losing their liquor licenses. Educational workshops, fantasy portions of leather contests, performance art involving flagellation, as well as casual physical contact between bar patrons are currently prohibited by ABC enforcement officers.

Contact:
Glenda Rider
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
www.ncsfreedom.org
media@ncsfreedom.org

Jonathan Krall
District of Columbia Sexual Minority Advocates
www.dcsma.org/abc
jonathan@dcsma.org

For the past three years, bar owners and clubs have faced an aggressive crackdown that has targeted SM activities. Current regulations force bar owners and hotel operators to regulate customer and employee behavior, under threat of losing their liquor licenses. Educational workshops, fantasy portions of leather contests, performance art involving flagellation, as well as casual physical contact between bar patrons are currently prohibited by ABC enforcement officers.

Selective enforcement of these regulations has had a chilling effect on safer-sex education (such as that presented by Black Rose and SigMa), on conventions, and on night clubs. These regulations have forced the joint SigMa/MOD/Black Rose seminar series out of Washington, DC, and into private homes in the suburbs.

On December 18, the ABC Board heard several excellent statements from Washington, DC, residents opposing section 905 of the draft ABRA regulations (see www.dcsma.org/abc). The ABC board was surprised by strength of the testimony and by the number and diversity of individuals and groups opposing section 905.

It is time to follow-up on our success with action.

ABC SHOULD REGULATE ALCOHOL, NOT EDUCATION – SPEAK UP NOW


Tell the Alcohol and Beverage Commission to remove Section 905 of the proposed regulations. E-mail the "postcard" below, by cutting and pasting the sample text and sending it to Fred Moosally, General Counsel, Alcohol and Beverage Regulatory Agency, Fred.Moosally@dc.gov.
And please CC: dcsma@dcsma.org and
media@ncsfreedom.org

All emails should be sent by Thursday, January 30, 2003.

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Please e-mail this "Postcard" by Thursday, January 30, 2003.

To: Fred.Moosally@dc.gov
CC: dcsma@dcsma.org, media@ncsfreedom.org
Subject: ABC Regulation 905
Fred Moosally, General Counsel, ABRA

Dear Sir:

I am writing to ask that you remove section 905 from the proposed ABRA regulations. I understand that a version of this regulation is in effect today. In fact, this regulation has affected many people, including myself, who support and attend dance, theater, leather contests, SM-leather-fetish social activities and safer-sex education at restaurants, bars, and hotels in the District of Columbia.

I am concerned that section 905 of the proposed ABRA regulations turns officers into morals police with the right to punish bar owners for the behavior of their customers. This is unnecessary and unjust. Please delete this section from the regulations.

Thank You,

NAME
ADDRESS (you do NOT have to be a D.C. Resident)
PHONE NUMBER (Optional)

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