A couple updates on my June 23 post about the Provincetown, MA, Public School System’s decision to give kids as young as 5 or 6 condoms upon request, at the same time disallowing parental approval.
I heard on WLS radio’s Don and Roma Show this morning that the seaside town of Provincetown is also a homosexual harbor. Sure enough, according to Wikipedia…
In the mid-1970s members of the gay community began moving to Provincetown. In 1978 the Provincetown Business Guild was formed to promote gay tourism. Today more than 200 businesses belong to the PBG and Provincetown is perhaps the best-known gay summer resort on the East Coast….
Other notable festivals during the year include… “Mate’s Leather Weekend” [photo from website gallery above right], “Women’s Week” ["the quintessential lesbian vacation destination"],… “Single Men’s Weekend” ["enjoy the off-season charm of Provincetown with 400-600 other gay men"]….
In October, Provincetown sees the arrival of transvestite, transgender and transsexual people for the annual Fantasia Fair [photo below]. Started in 1975, it is the longest running event of its kind in the USA.
In fact, according to About.com, Provincetown is the “top gay and lesbian vacation destination” in the US, even ranked above San Francisco.
Also, “Since the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts in 2004, Provincetown has earned the distinction of ‘the place to get married,’ issuing more than 2k marriage licenses to date.” (Photo left via Provincetown.com.)
I now have a clearer understanding of the impetus for the Providence Public School System’s new kiddie condom policy. The morals are looser in this town and/or there is the concern “of passing around sexually transmitted diseases or the possibility of contracting HIV-AIDS might be to a child.” The writer of that quote was a kiddie condom supporter.
Turns out Provincetown was considered an “AIDS enclave” in the 1990s. In 2002 author Michael Cunningham wrote, “Provincetown has been widowed by the AIDS epidemic. It will never fully recover….” The AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (formerly the Provincetown AIDS Support Group) writes of forming in Provincetown in 1983 when “hundreds of people living with AIDS arrived seeking acceptance and compassionate care.
So not only do people contract AIDS in Provincetown, those inflicted with AIDS come there for treatment and solace. Either way, Provincetown is apparently an HIV/AIDS mecca.
It all begins to make sense.
The other bit of news is Gov. Deval Patrick has intervened, and the school is reconsidering its policy. According to ABC News, June 24:
No major news outlet is mentioning the potential backstory here.