A Washington State legislator, Richard Curtis (R, La Center), resigned yesterday after busting himself on soliciting prostitution with someone of the same sex.
According to the police report, they met up in a porn shop, Curtis was engaged in some kind of sex there, they went to a hotel room, Curtis offered Cody Castagna $100 for gas, Castagna left in the night and called Curtis saying that he had his wallet and that he wanted the $1000 he was promised to bareback, and then Castagna went to the police to file a report that he was blackmailed.
Right after that, he apparently remembered that he was a politician in a sex-phobic and homophobic culture and married, and he clammed up, claiming that he was drugged. Castagna says that he didn't extort him, rather that he just offered a service and then wanted to get paid.
More after the jump.
There are lots of other details. I'm not going to go through them here because, frankly, that's part of the problem, not the solution. But you can go read all the salaciousness at Pam's.
I'm more concerned here about the fact that the dude was forced to resign over having consensual sex with another adult. Sure, he was probably lying to his wife. And he barebacked. And he promised and refused to pay the other adult. And he wore women's lingerie. And he was engaged in some kind of public sex.
But do I want to live in a country where any or all of those things mean that someone's a bad legislator? I think it'd be rather affirming to have an openly gay kinkster in office somewhere. Sure, I know the dude's lying about it and that he helped to make his own bed with his politics. But I'm thinking that the press coverage that surrounds this incident, the sexy, sexy details and the rhetoric of doing "the right thing" and resigning, isn't helping to bring us to end homophobia and make these stories a non-issue.
Because, in the end, we have a legislator who engaged in freaky sex (nothing I would personally be into. I mean, a backwards, upside-down visor? Seriously?) and was forced to resign his job. Isn't that textbook regulation of sexuality? Aren't we against the regulation of sexuality?
I feel like a "Perverts of the world: Unite!" would be appropriate here. But I'm thinking that Curtis wouldn't unite with us.