Homosexual-rights activists are fighting back against the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., mayor’s campaign to prevent “gay” sex in public bathrooms by installing “robo-toilets,” launching a drive to engulf city hall with toilet paper.
“We are encouraging people to mail either a roll or several sheets of toilet paper to the mayor at City Hall to help him to wipe his dirty mind clean,” said Brian Winfield, spokesman for Equality Florida.
Mayor Jim Naugle, contending his city has a problem with “homosexual activity” in public restrooms, wants to install automated toilets that allow occupants to stay inside for only a short time before the door automatically opens.
“We’re trying to provide a family environment where people can take their children who need to use the bathroom without having to worry about a couple of men in there engaged in a sex act,” Naugle told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The $250,000 self-cleaning robo-johns have been installed in San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta and New York. The modular units play music and can be accessed for a fee or for free, depending on each city’s policies.
Equality Florida posted a link on its website to send Naugle a virtual roll of toilet paper. The site also lists his city hall address for anyone who wants to send a real roll, the Associated Press reported.
The mayor’s office hasn’t received any toilet paper, but more than 300 people have e-mailed a virtual roll.
“It’s an e-mail ? some juvenile diagram of a toilet,” Naugle said, according to the AP.
Fort Lauderdale police officials said male sex in public restrooms is no longer a problem, but Naugle insists the practice persists and has used recent public meetings and e-mails to constituents to raise the issue.
Public restrooms are pickup places for “homosexuals. … They’re engaging in sex, anonymous sex, illegal sex,” he said.
Naugle said the proposed location for the city’s first experimental unit is “the rainbow parking lot” at a local beach considered by some to be the area’s “gay beach.”
“The homosexual newspaper said it’s the ‘gay parking lot.’ That’s not me saying that,” Naugle told the Sun-Sentinel, “that’s what they said. I don’t use the word ‘gay.’ I use the word ‘homosexual.’ Most of them aren’t gay. They’re unhappy.”
If approved by the City Commission, the timed toilets will be paid for with property-tax funds.