Group Tries to Stop Another Hotel ’Orgy’
An anti-gay Web-based organization, having succeeded in getting one gay convention canceled last month in Washington, D.C., has now set its sights on pressuring another hotel chain into canceling another such gathering.
Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, which describes itself as a "national organization devoted exclusively to exposing and countering the homosexual activist agenda," posted an item on Feb. 4 warning about a Columbus, Ohio gathering scheduled to take place at a Holiday Inn.
Calling the event "Sexual extremism and consensual sexualized violence," the article urged readers to "stop this from occurring by calling Holiday Inn today!"
A similar campaign in January led to the cancellation of a leather and motorcycle enthusiasts convention at a Washington, D.C. Doubletree Hotel, as previously reported at EDGE.
The posting at the group’s Web site claimed that the event, called "Winter Wickedness," would be "a freakish sadomasochistic perversion-fest," and encouraged readers to contact both the hotel and the hotel’s corporate offices.
The posting included contact information for each: the Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington’s phone number was listed in the item as 614-436-0700, and the phone number to the corporate offices of Holiday Inn was listed as 770-604-2000.
The posting also provided the Web address of parent entity InterContinental Hotels Group.
"Tell them that is wrong to profit off of degrading and dangerous perversions that could present a health hazard to hotel workers or other guests," read the text at the site.
The posting claimed that the gathering would be a "sadomasochistic celebration" that would offer seminars on the use of melted wax in erotic settings, the use of whips and needles, sexual fantasies, and other topics that the item deemed to be "sexualized violence."
The text quoted a few sentences from a Web page dedicated to the event, which specified what sorts of safety measures would be in force, including the restriction of different forms of consensual erotic "play" to "designated areas only. "
The rules also specified that, "Drop clothes, gloves, condoms, sharps containers, tarps, etc., must be used for this sort of play."