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Wingnuts Win, Doubletree Hotel Cancels MAL Party

Apparently due to pressure from Peter LaBarbera of the Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, the Doubletree Hotel in DC has reportedly canceled tonight's sex party to be held in conjunction with Mid-Atlantic Leather. I can't confirm this independently at the moment, but several JMG readers have reported getting emails from the party's organizers announcing the cancellation. LaBarbera has another post up on his site describing the harassing phone campaign conducted against Doubletree management by he and his followers, but hasn't announced his "win" at this writing.

If you are attending MAL this weekend, please be on the alert for LaBarbera as he tends to skulk around the host hotels at these events and take pictures of unsuspecting revelers to post on his site. He is particularly fascinated with the retail booths selling SM/BD/fetish videos. If you see him, whip out your cell phone and email his photo to me at I'll post it here so folks know what he's wearing and what he looks like at the moment.

UPDATE: Pam Spaulding has the cancellation email:

As many of you know, extreme Christian groups have been pressuring Doubletree to cancel the "Obama Inauguration Pig Sex Orgy." For two days, the hotel stood firm while the accusations and falsehoods kept coming in. Just this morning, I told the management of Doubletree how impressed I was that they resisted the calls to shut us down. Unfortunately, the matter escalated to Doubletree Corporate, and the word has come down that they will not allow our event to go on as planned. To say that I am pissed would be an understatement. We have a right to privacy and sexual freedom. I appreciate the efforts of the Centaurs in helping us set this up and fight the cancellation. I want to apologize to each of you who, some who have been with me for 9 years, for having to disappoint you at the 11th hour.

In addition to the phone campaign against the Doubletree, Matt "Bam Bam" Barber of the Liberty Council contacted the DC Dept. Of Public Health and the Washington police, both of whom promised to investigate.
"It's appalling that the Hilton Doubletree Hotel chain is apparently so beholden to the mighty dollar that it would facilitate - in banquet rooms used by the public - a homosexual orgy boasting some of the most vile sex acts imaginable. Despite initial denials by the hotel manager, I and other sources have verified with the hotel's "Sales and Catering" and "Reservations" departments that, unbelievably, the hotel is in fact planning to go forward with the 'gay' orgy.

"It's simply inexcusable that the Doubletree would place at risk the health of its staff and future guests by facilitating this orgy in rooms where food is served," continued Barber. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics establish that men who have sex with men suffer infection from various forms of communicable disease, such as Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS, at an astronomical rate. Lower income hotel staff will be tasked - ostensibly under penalty of job loss - with cleaning up the various forms of potentially infectious biological waste left behind.

"I have therefore notified the Washington D.C. Department of Health about the planned Doubletree orgy. The representative I spoke with was stunned and told me that the matter would be immediately investigated. I also notified the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, which will be looking into possible criminal violations should the Doubletree go forward with the event."
UPDATE: I've been forwarded excerpts from postings to an online kink forum in which there was a lot of anger about the party's "discretionary" door policy, which some felt was discriminatory against those perceived by the organizers to be unattractive. That sort of velvet rope (or leather, in this case) attitude is quite common for these events, but it's a fair assumption that LaBarbera was tipped off about the party by someone angry about the "you, you, NOT you" door policy. In his initial post, LaBarbera claims to be been told about the party by a "homosexual insider."

UPDATE II: LaBarbera declares victory.
Folks, we are ecstatic to report that the vile homosexual ‘pig sex’ orgy that Doubletree Hotel Washington staffers were denying was even scheduled to occur at their hotel — and which AFTAH exposed to the world — has now been cancelled by its perverted organizers. This is a great victory for truth, decency and public health! Yes, the good guys win one for a change, and Americans For Truth is vindicated (lies coming from the hotel had many people confused). A big “Thanks” to each of you who called the Doubletree and its parent company, Hilton Hotels, urging them to not allow this unbelievably depraved and unhealthy homosexual event to occur in public conference rooms at the Doubletree, a luxurious hotel just blocks from the White House. We learned that thousands of concerned Americans called to complain in response to our reporting and follow-ups by, Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber (an AFTAH Board Member), and other conservative websites.
Again, please take a good look at LaBarbera's photo at the top of this post if you are in DC. Print it out, pass it around, put in on flyers. Do not let him photograph you or your friends. If you see him, announce his presence LOUDLY to everybody around you. Alert the conference organizers and hotel security immediately. Take HIS photo and email it from your phone to me here at and I'll put it up at once so everybody knows his outfit and which direction his comb-over hangs today.

[Photo Credit: Michael Petrelis, from his confrontation with LaBarera at SF City Hall last year.]

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