via Bilerico, by Alex Blaze
A billboard campaign is up in Schenectady, New York, showing that black gay men do exist and attempting to start conversations about sexual minorities. As I understand it, there are three billboards, each with a different picture from the right of this banner with the text "I am gay, and this is where I (stay/pray/play)."
Daycare provider Pamela Spicer told the City Council that the billboards were so vague they were worthless.
"These messages are a failure. I think the Department of Health needs their money back," she said. "The intent is to instruct them not to spread HIV if they have it ... That does not come across in the message."
Instead, she said, the billboards allow "inappropriate sexual expression."
She argued that the messages should be limited to adult business zones -- mainly industrial areas at the outskirts of the city.
She told the council that her clients read the billboards as she drives them to events in the city. She offers daycare to a 2-year-old, 4-year-old and 8-year-old.
"When I'm driving them to the Schenectady Public Library and they say, 'What does gay mean?' how do I answer that question?" she said. "How do I expose them to such content?"Read the rest.