Longtime Houston activist Ray Hill reports that the Houston Police Department arrested more than 20 men last week in a gay sex sting at Memorial Park, according to OutSmart Magazine:
Hill, who said he has been in contact with one of the men arrested, explained that eight to ten male vice officers dressed in Speedos and suggestive T-shirts, were along the jogging trail during daylight hours, attempting to beckon male joggers and walkers into the bushes. “[My source] tells me that one of their shirts had what resembled a chrome penis on the back, and some of the other T-shirts looked to be gay pride affiliated,” Hill said.
Hill tells OutSmart those who followed the officers into the bushes were arrested on charges of solicitation of prostitution, handcuffed and loaded into two vans parked nearby.
“We have a lesbian Mayor, a ‘gay-friendly’ police chief and a SCOTUS decision (Lawrence v Texas) finding the law against homosexual conduct unconstitutional, yet these men had to post bond, were held an illegally long period of time in Houston City Jail, they must hire lawyers, defend against the charges, some will lose their jobs and make their family lives confusing at best,” Hill wrote on Facebook. “Could someone mention this to the mayor on one of her campaign stops?”
Houston’s lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, is up for re-election in November.
OutSmart reports that it’s not the first time HPD has conducted such a sting at Memorial Park, with two similar operations netting more than 30 arrests in 2006.
“The cops are going to say they were in uniform [during these arrests],” Hill told OutSmart. “To the vice officers, this is a sport-like activity to impose on perverts — and by ‘perverts,’ I mean ‘queers.’”