A weekly look at what's making news in the free gay magazines:
Next -- with a little help from JR of JR-OnTheVerge.com -- makes a case for saving the city's sex shops, currently under fire from law enforcement. I have ambivalent feelings about this: while I am no fan of the Giuliani years and the "60/40 bullshit," I live near two HUGE adult "video" stores and the growing scene of hookers, johns and kids loitering outside them concerns me in wake of the news that someone was "menaced with a pistol" outside the Blue Store last week. The spillover, in fact, has begun wrapping around in front of Michael's apartment building, which is on one of Chelsea's nicest residential blocks. My take: I have no problem with the stores or even what goes on inside of them. But ya either gotta cum, or ya gotta go. But given the very nature of cruising, I don't see how this is possible, and it's just not appropriate for neighborhoods. Hey, Rudy: Isn't this what Times Square was for????
Frontiers takes a tour of the cool pools of Vegas.