On the other hand, with 99% percent of the popular gay bloggers and writers and all of Gay, Inc. coming down suddenly with social amnesia, it is somewhat refreshing having someone showing some courage on what is a sensitive issue for a change, although I do have to remind myself Aravosis is a hypocrite.
But with everyone focusing on and cutting and running from the sex aspect of this incident, two adult men having sex with an underage teen, there's alot of details everyone seems to have overlooked or ignored.
Aravosis has already detailed, at length, Lawson's criminal record so I need not bother with that. But there's been reports Lawson has been cooperating with authorities - he supposedly helped police in tracking down the "victim" in this case. Some people have been trying to make Lawson a hero. But to me it suggests it was Lawson who got busted first the crime, and making a plea bargain in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Then there are the other reports that the victim was found thru Grindr.
From The Oregonian:
Bean and Lawson are accused of setting up an encounter with the teen through the iPhone app Grindr, a mobile social network that helps men find "local gay, bi and curious guys for dating.''Snitch, meet liar.
Snitch, meet liar, meet social networking app rife with flaws.
This is not the first time in which people have alleged Grindr has been negligent in identifying and banning underage users from its app. If said victim lied or published a fake profile, perhaps looking for a sugar daddy, that's not necessarily Bean's fault.
Common sense be damned.
Those popular gay bloggers and writers and commenters trying to pass themselves off as being socially and or morally responsible are, thumbing their noses at a sixty six year old having sex with a fifteen year old, and throwing the p word (pedophile) as if, are, at the end of the day, only fooling themselves.
You show me someone playing themselves as being politically correct, and I'll show you a politically correct hypocrite. And you show me someone calling the unidentified teen a victim and I'll show you a gay teen who was shopping online for a sugar daddy.
This has been the biggest problem for me as a gay man, blogger, activist, and someone who has gone thru this sort of thing before. Intergenernational same sex relationships has always been a part of our gay culture and folklore. It's also been our sword of damocles.
Because no one ever thought of consequences, now we have a high profile gay activist mired knee deep in a world of trouble, and unless Terrance Bean is willing to put a fight, arguing against the constitutionality of age of consent laws, privacy, trial by internet*, prove he's the victim of a "conspiracy," can prove the victim lied and or Grindr's at fault, etc., Terrance Bean is dead man walking.
* I know it should be trial by the media, but the media refuses to cover this story, perhaps so as to not downplay another sensationalized story about a beloved comedian and actor being an alleged serial rapist.