An association of rent boys and their supporters has organized a national advocacy group in response to the Homeland Security and NYPD raid on Rentboy.com in New York city, August 25, 2015.
The National Coalition of Rent Boys & Allies (www.ncorb.com) was created as a not for profit corporation in Florida by Fort Lauderdale attorney Norm Kent, a well known First Amendment advocate.
Along with Kent, the initial incorporators include an internationally known rent boy, who is now a law student at Hastings School of Law in San Francisco, and Pamela Dore (mr. Pam) a California based activist and ally who has spoken out frequently on behalf of sex workers.
The group will also include a national advisory board, to be announced in the coming weeks.Interested advocates should send a note to [email protected] expressing their interest and experience in the industry. One of the initial members will be Fab Scout Entertainment’s Howard Andrew of South Florida, who books many of the advertisers with the largest adult film studios in the country.
Stated Kent, “The Department of Homeland Security has initiated a questionable legal action which has terrorized thousands of men who were lawfully trading their time and companionship for legitimate compensation. There is a need for these men to have a collective voice and open forum to speak out against the raid and for their rights.”‘
On its website, NCORB has created a media outpost for news articles, columns, reactions and information about the Rentboy raid. The website, created by Denver-based Envie Media, includes the organization’s statement of purposes and goals, with a promise to “become a national voice and advocacy group for men who independently contract with other consenting adults to sell their time and companionship, while speaking out for the decriminalization of sex workers…”
“Our website will organize base of rent boys and their allies,” Kent said, “fostering a global coalition speaking out on their behalf. To paraphrase a recent presidential candidate, the response to our endeavor has been huge. Huge!”
The site will not only feature cost-sensitive memberships for participants, but also provide unfettered access to legal advisories and ‘know your rights’ forums for rent boys remaining in the industry. Rent boys can register for as little as $100 a year, securing a t-shirt with the NCORB logo, a gold shield. It will also include regular updates on the status of the federal case against the principals of the Rent boy prosecution.
Kent noted that the “criticism of the Homeland Security raid has been resounding and national, with protests from coast to coast, and editorial boards from the New York Times to LGBT newspapers rightfully censuring the government.”
“Public pressure may not stop the prosecution, but it will certainly let the US attorney know where the LGBT community stands on targeting our population and our partners. We have over 100 members and have not even publicly launched until today,” Kent concluded.
Added Mr. Ferris, long an activist for HIV causes, “Like persons living with HIV, our society for too long has wrongly stigmatized and unfairly treated male escorts and sex workers. It’s overdue for us to have a proud and positive voice articulating our concerns and advancing our interests.”
Echoing that sentiment, mr. Pam asserted that “we need to move from prosecuting and jailing ‘rent boys’ to protecting them and decriminalizing their work; from locking people up to licensing; from raiding to regulating.”