A First Down Under.
As Canada moves to full marriage equality and the U.S. throws out
the last vestiges of its anti-sodomy laws, Australia is airing its first
TV ads for a gay bathhouse. Aired on local TV in Melbourne, the ad is
set in a crowded pub where two young men are drinking in the company of
two women. When the women leave, the men make eye contact and head for
Wet, a gay spa in Wellington. Believed to be the world's first spot
for a gay bathhouse on broadcast TV, the ad has attracted the inevitable
spate of criticism, notably from the Catholic Church, which charged that
the ad appears to be aimed at straight men and is thus part of a
"recruitment drive." Complained one critic: "They are
trying to get new recruits, fresh blood almost, into the
community." No, not into the community--just into the bathhouse.
When are people going to learn the difference between politics and