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Vancouver sex club operating across the street from community centre

Steve Weatherbe

Homosexuality has come a long way since Lord Alfred Douglas, boyfriend of British wit Oscar Wilde, called it “The love that dare not speak its name” in an 1894 poem.

A new club in Vancouver, called VancouverJax, is inviting men in large numbers to come for group masturbation (self-, reciprocal and serial) several times a month. The club has a business licence, according to an exposé in the National Post, but no complaints against it with the city licensing authority or the police, even though it operates near a public library and a community centre.

But an American crusader against homosexuality, Peter LaBarbera, told LifeSiteNews that group sex is inherently unhealthy as well as soul-destroying, and homosexuality especially so. LaBarbera, the founder and president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, goes on trial at the end of October in Regina on a mischief charge alongside Bill Whatcott, the Regina pro-life and anti-homosexuality activist, for pamphleteering on the University of Regina campus earlier this year.

LaBarbera says the masturbation club’s proximity to children is troubling. “I sure wouldn’t want my son using that library or community centre. Do the people even know this club is there?”

Though VancouverJax bans penetration, other events in the same space, called “8X6,” apparently not only permit it, they promote it with strangers in group events.

The brains behind VancouverJax (it’s a play on the common euphemism for masturbation) is a city employee, Doug Durand, who makes it clear he is acting privately and not as part of his day job as a City of Vancouver cultural planner.

“I felt that it was time for Vancouver to have a space for men to gather, get naked and simply do what comes naturally, masturbate with other like-minded men,” Durand told the National Post in an email. “And the 25-30 guys who show up to each of the parties seem to think so too.”

VancouverJax insists these meet-ups involve no genital-to-genital contact, nor any penetration, but the stated reason for that is not to enhance the safety of the participants, but because, states the club’s website, “If we started doing other stuff, like [oral or anal sex], then we’d lose what is special about these gatherings of men, and what makes them so hot!”

Male homosexuals and bisexuals remain the population groups most at risk for HIV-AIDS infection, according to AIDS Vancouver Executive Director Brian Chittock, and the reason is anal sex. Chittock welcomes VancouverJax to the city’s gay scene “because it’s safe. There should be more of them.”

But “large numbers of men” don’t want to practice safe sex, he told LifeSiteNews, so rather than pushing it his group is encouraging the city’s gay population to take testing for HIV-AIDS and if negative take a prophylactic drug called Truvada. Those who test positive are then urged to take the antiretroviral drug therapy to suppress the HIV-AIDS virus to the point it is not infectious.

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Other events at 8x6 clearly encourage riskier sex than VancouverJax’s events. Something called “The “Junkyard” (“junk” is another euphemism, this time for genitals) invites “men only 18 +” to a “no holes barred sex party” on the first, second, and third Saturday of each month. Another event, called “Anonymous,” provides masks at the door and promises alluringly: “Who You Meet Is A Mystery.”

LaBarbera commented: “When the Centers for Disease Control (the U.S. public health agency) talks about how to reduce sexually transmitted diseases, they always say, ‘reduce the number of sex partners.’”

Anal sex is also conducive to disease transmission because of the characteristics of anal tissue and the abrasiveness of the act itself. Even some within the gay community preach against anal sex. Miami’s self-styled “Gay Matchmaker,” Guy Angelo, grabbed alternative press headlines in 2011 by calling for a six-month moratorium on anal sex for men over 40, arguing the practice was psychologically and physically harmful for “bottoms” –men who habitually took the “female” role in anal sex—and prevented them from forming the lasting relations they wanted.

LaBarbera says any deviation from Biblical norms for sexuality lead to measurable negative health outcomes, such as widespread infection with STDs, as well as more and more bizarre behaviour such as the recent creation of a bestiality club in Germany.

“When you take away the sacredness from sex, when it becomes just a tool for pleasure, and the restraints of marriage are removed, then the pull of sex leads men into very sinful behaviours,” he said.

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