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I wasn't sure where to put this, so I'm putting it here. I didn't think it fit really well into either of the Gaydar categories.
In Toronto recently, there was a late-night raid on a lesbian bathouse. The police claim they were looking into liquor violations that they thought could occur at an all-night party at the bathouse. This article doesn't explain the stuation very well, but it's the best one I could find:
Anyway, the raid itself isn't the main problem, it's who the police sent.
To this lesbian bathouse, late at night, the Toronto police chose to send five MALE plainclothes police officers. It might sound kind of funny at first, but I'm sure it wasn't, to the women that were there.
I just thought I'd throw that out there.

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I heard about that. I think it's ridiculous. Police in toronto are known to habitually raid gay bars, and establishments just looking for an excuse to arrest someone, and usually coming up empty. It makes the police force look bad, and humiliates the gay community.
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I never ceased to be surprised when people are disrespectful publicly [though this police force does have a reputation]. First of all, it only becomes a women-only bathhouse once a year! Surprise, surprise, that was the night they sent the plainclothed male officers. Couldn't they have sent women, at least? I heard that they were making comments, loudly outside, about some of the women inside. The lgbt community has reason to be angry. I've heard a lot about this, from my mom and step-mom, and can't understand why they did this at all.
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A follow-up to this. All charges against the women involved have been dismissed and judge Peter Hryn has harshly criticised the police for their illegal actions. A civil action against the police force is now planned.

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

- Albert Einstein

[This message has been edited by Bobolink (edited 02-10-2002).]

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