Regarding the story on sex cruising Dec. 19,
I would like to thank you for providing a balanced, objective article. As a out Queer activist, Berkeley Citizen and a person who frequents the Aquatic Parks’ cruising scene I support the city’s goal of ensuring the park is “safe and friendly” for all if handled in a sensitive way.
Sexual isolation and loneliness do play a major role in cruising, however cruising is not limited to “fringe” members of the Queer Community. Many of us are well-connected and active members of the Queer Community who enjoy casual, outdoor sex and recognize its importance to Queer Culture/Identity.
Cruising will not come to a halt. No amount of police harassment and fines will resolve the issue and would be a waste of city time and funds. We only need to look at the war on drugs to see that criminalizing an issue does not create a resolution. Only education, outreach, and a review of policies can begin to address the cruising issue.
Name withheld by request