Gerassi’s book on Boise chronicled a purported 1955 homosexual sex-ring scare that prompted police to interview almost 1,500 people in a city that then had a population of 34,000.
The Idaho Statesman demanded that local officials “Crush the Monster” and called homosexuals a “cancerous growth.” Boise wound up in Time magazine and newspapers across the country.And then Popkey gives a bit more detail about this ring:
In the end, 16 men were arrested, some for consensual sex. Nine were convicted on charges including lewd and lascivious conduct with children under 16 and infamous crimes against nature. One was sentenced to life. There were reports of an underworld that victimized hundreds of underage boys, but the number dwindled to four or five, some of whom were paid for sex.But wait! Homosexuals as child molesters is just a nasty stereotype! Popkey both congratulates Gerassi's book for helping the bring about gay rights, and then admits that these were child molesters.
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