We’ve made a number of arguments in favor of using condoms here on Brokelyn, from the fact that they’re easy to attain around here to terrible syphilis outbreaks to the fact that science says it still feels good. But, there’s always going to be people out there who tell you to go raw, from the Ol’ Dirty Bastard to that friend of yours with the weird rash to, uh…the NYPD? Via Vice comes the startling news that the condom you’ve got on your person could be used as evidence that you’re a sex worker.
The author of the post, Molly Crabapple, gives the usual caveat that if you’re white and middle class, you’re probably safe, so keep stuffing your pockets. But queer, trans or anyone who “looks” like a prostitute to a cop could get stopped and charged with “loitering for the purposes of prostitution.” And evidence that cops can use, aside from you standing around enjoying the cool night breeze? That you have even a single condom on your person. So be careful if you leave the bar for to get some air and start chatting with someone walking by. Or if you are going to do it, ask the bar for a smock so you can look as unattractive as possible while you’re out there.