In a story that sounds reminiscent of the robotic toilet/anti-gay stings of Fort Lauderdale in 2007, The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Palm Springs police are currently embroiled in a controversy surrounding an anti-gay sting targeting men in a gay neighborhood last year. 24 men have been arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from cops, and are facing being put on the life-long sex offender's list.
A Lawyer for the defendants tells The SFGate, "...a couple of cops, who were dressed in tank tops, would walk around grabbing their crotches and staring at the defendants' crotches saying, 'Show me what you got. Show me what you got.' In no case did they come upon any man already having sex." The report also adds, "That charge is essentially a life sentence, defense lawyers say, and has never been used against straight couples arrested for similar activity in Palm Springs," referring to the California law that adds those convicted of such incidents to the national sex offender list.
City leaders are scrambling for damage control as the story spreads. Much of this city's tourism revenues come from the GLBT community, and fear a national boycott.