GLAA Joins Groups Calling for Deletion of Unnecessary Proposed Alcohol
January 25, 2003
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Board
941 North Capitol Street, NE, 7th Floor Washington, DC 20002
Dear Members of the Board:
We are groups, organizations and businesses who write to
express our great concern—indeed, outrage—at the proposal to adopt
Regulation 905, which would unjustly and needlessly prohibit a broad range of
social conduct on licensed premises. We oppose this Regulation—as does the
City Council—because it is wholly inconsistent with modern mores and
standards of behavior, because it is unnecessary to include this regulation
when other laws already address such conduct, because it would unjustly harm
some businesses, because it is so broad and vague that it could be read to
prohibit myriad common forms of conduct, and because it would in fact be
counterproductive, in that it would eliminate important opportunities for
much-needed sex education.
In opposition to this wrong-headed proposal, we want to
make succinctly the following points:
There is no need for this regulation. D.C. criminal law
provisions already cover any public conduct that should be regulated. Indeed,
this entire area of conduct is appropriately regulated by laws adopted by
Congress and the City Council, not by regulations of a Board created to
address entirely different issues.
Regulation 905 would prohibit numerous types of
non-offensive erotically charged conduct that are entirely consistent with
today’s societal mores. One has only to turn on MTV or HBO or go to a play
or movie to confirm this fact.
This Regulation would have a severe economic impact on
numerous law-abiding businesses. This includes not only bars and nightclubs,
but also hotels that could not host meetings or conventions that include safe
sex educational programs and demonstrations.
vagueness and excessive breadth of this proposed Regulation is appalling. It
could be interpreted to prohibit many popular forms of dancing or private
sexual activity in a hotel room, or even demonstrations in safe sex
Finally, this Regulation would be severely
counterproductive. Clubs and bars are important venues for the types of sex
education most effective in promoting safe, sane and consensual sex practices.
Safe sex programs are a primary element of events held in hotels by many
social groups and organizations.
For all of these reasons, we urge in the strongest
possible terms that the Board delete proposed Regulation 905. DC City Council
members have already taken the position that the Regulation should be dropped
in its entirety. Our representatives would be happy to meet with you to
discuss this matter in more depth.
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC
Kevin Davis, President
SigMa (of Washington, DC)
Jim Plante, President
The Woodhull Freedom Foundation
District of Columbia Sexual Minority Advocates
Jonathan Krall, Spokesperson
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
Susan Wright, Spokesperson
Black Rose (of Washington, DC)
Greg L., Chairman
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