Skip to comments.Michigan: Library puzzled why gay Web site named library bathroom as place to meet for sex
Posted on 04/15/2005 10:05:15 AM PDT by yankeedame
Library cited as gay 'cruising' area
By Lisa Roose-Church
Daily Press & Argus
Brighton District Library officials are at a loss as to why a Web site aimed at homosexual men has listed the library bathroom as a place to meet for sex.
Library Director Charlene Huget said Wednesday the posting was discovered by someone outside the library who notified library officials.
It appears that the link proclaiming the library's washrooms as a "cruising" place has been on the Web site for a couple of months, Huget said. It appeared someone e-mailed the site regarding the restrooms in December and January, "but there haven't been any postings since," she said.
"It was quite an unpleasant surprise," Huget said. "We've notified the police, and we've also notified this Web site that the local police department has been contacted and they are monitoring the location."
The Web site - www.squirt.org - states it is "your neighborhood cruising guide" and boasts it lists more than "15,000 locations where gay and bisexual guys meet for sex." The Web site lists saunas, bathhouses, adult bookstores, adult video arcades, adult cinemas, gay sex clubs, tearooms, cottages, parks, nude beaches, truck stops, rest areas and restrooms.
It also lists other locations in Livingston County, including unidentified "state land" and a Howell carpool lot as cruising spots, as well as an area called "Exit 137 at 147," which is not further defined.
Huget said no sexual activity has been discovered in the Brighton library's restrooms.
Attempts by the Daily Press & Argus to send a Web message to the creator of the Web site for comment were unsuccessful.
Huget said the discovery has been "disheartening" for library staff who are professionals, proud of all the library programs offered.
"It casts a negative light," Huget said. "We'll do everything in our power to make sure that we keep a close eye on things. There is nothing going on (at the library) that would endanger people who come in."
Library officials posted a message on the Web site's message board asking site creators to take the library name and link off its Web site, Huget said. The message stated that the police had been notified and are "monitoring" the situation.
Not surprisingly, the library has not had a response to its request. Huget said she is not sure if the site has complied with the request because "no one at the library wants to log onto the Web site."
The Daily Press & Argus learned the Brighton Library link was on the Web site as of Wednesday.
Huget said no illicit activity has ever been observed at the library.
"All we can do is tell people the bathrooms are being monitored and anyone engaging in illicit behavior is risking prosecution," Huget said.
Nothing says romance like the smell of urinal cake.
Come on -are these people serious? People have been hooking up in library bathrooms for years! Straight/gay alike.
Why are they surprised? Libraries have become a place for the perverts to hang-out and meet-up.
A Sadder But Wiser Stall?
You got that right. The next thing they want: sex with children and I am sure our libraries will be right there to support it.
Obviously, it's because of the Patriot Act....
How did you know? You missed our last meeting! :-)
Psst. I here the Port-O-John at 12th & Montgomery is pretty hopping.
Gee, some people go to libraries to check out porn on the computers. How many librarians are upset about that?
Well as soon the gays can get married that should solve this little problem......
And the "crusiers" need to go back to Ferndale or Ann Arbor. We don't need that trash up here. Get a room or go home...and leave the kids alone.
LOL! Very funny. Love your sense of humor.
...at least until it tips over.
Sure. We'll have congressionally-mandated double-wide stalls to accomodate partners.
The word of the day for librarians: gloryhole
You've got 'gloryhole' problem. It's in the Webster dictionary, the huge library book version.
but its never has specific locations published in a GUIDEBOOK!
That is just too much.
Uhhh could it be because gays go there to have sex?
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