To all who've posted so far, thanks for putting in your 2 cents!
Two things really pissed me off in this article:
First, the fact that the 17 year old is under 18, yes the age of consent in Nebraska is 16, but still, anyone under 21 is off limits to me, IMHO. This whole ordeal just makes the gay community look like NAMBLA!!!! Like I've complained before, homosexuality is an uphill battle on the Plains, even more so after the straight and right wing communities see this article.
Secondly, the HIV issue. You guys just don't understand, I've worked in the bars here in the Omaha gay community for almost 10 years, sometimes I feel like this situation is the norm here. Sometimes its not an issue of being safe, its an issue of going out and finding the information you need to know about being safe. So many people in the gay community can find gay porn, or find tricks anywhere on the internet, but they are too stupid, or ignorant to go to Google.com and type HIV in the search box. Its that goddamn easy!!!! In the first gay bar I worked in, I've caught HIV+ employees in the restrooms, messing around in the restrooms with customers they got drunk, with no protection whatsoever. I've had former customers comeback to tell me they got sick because they had unprotected sex with a fellow co-workers, who got them drunk or high in that bar! I've caught these same co-workers spreading MISINFORMATION, like telling people you cannot spread HIV until you are full blown AIDS. Isn't that fucking bullshit? I got on there case, but made hordes of enemies, because I stood up for what I thought was right. Only in the past year have I and current employees at these bars been able to turn this around, and yet there is so much work to do on the Plains.
Just remember: Have some respect for yourself. Have some respect for the gay men who died back in the 80's because no one knew what the hell was going on. Use some damn protection! Because they died of this horrible disease, the rest of us will still live on, because we know how to protect ourselves, thanks to them!