Is there no shame in those oiled-up bodies? Palm Springs Mayor Christy Holstege has had enough.

The bisexual mayor is speaking out against the return of circuit party culture. As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc, particularly in southern California, Holstege is demanding party-goers check themselves.

“It’s unacceptable to party with the masses during the height of the pandemic and then travel back to high-risk communities like Palm Springs,” Holstege wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “It’s especially problematic if you are a privileged white American traveling to a country like Mexico when COVID is disproportionately affecting low-income communities and People of Color.”

An Instagram account titled “Gays Over COVID” has been documenting the activities of parties that attract large followings of gay men. It’s all there for public consumption: from underground events in Los Angeles to a recent huge gathering in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where a party boat overloaded with gay men sank to the bottom of the ocean. Holstege said she is disappointed and chose to speak up to protect her community, many of whom have lived through the trauma of the HIV pandemic. 

“I know this is difficult,” Holstege continued. “We all want to party like it’s 1999 and we will after this pandemic is over and our communities are vaccinated. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Please stay home to save lives.”

California, Holstege noted, now requires all residents to quarantine for 10 days upon returning from out-of-state travel. The Golden State has the most confirmed COVID cases of any U.S. state. As of Sunday, there were 2,681,395 confirmed cases with 734,405 vaccines administered. Overall, 29,877 Californians have died from the novel coronavirus.

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