Adult Entertainment needs COVID-19 aid/support too. We are a legal, tax paying business.

Adult Entertainment needs COVID-19 aid/support too. We are a legal, tax paying business.

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Adult Entertainment is being EXCLUDED from COVID19 relief. The government has decided we are NOT good enough to receive help. However, we are good enough to pay our taxes, payroll taxes, licensing fees and run a completely legal small business. This industry employs THOUSANDS of bartenders, servers, kitchen cooks, dishwashers, club managers, entertainers, administrative professionals, and more. WE ARE HUMANS too. We work for an industry that is completely legal. How can you deny our small business owners the relief we need???? It’s shameful. We are good enough to pay taxes but not good enough to be helped during a global pandemic? I guess all of our employees are worthless too. 

On the SBA Small Business Association DIstaer Relief Application HOMEPAGE reads this: If Applicant is unable to check all of the following, Applicant is not an Eligible Entity: Applicant does not present live performances of a prurient sexual nature or derive directly or indirectly more than de minimis gross revenue through the sale of products or services, or the presentation of any depictions or displays, of a prurient sexual nature.

As far as the concept of whether the performances offered by the applicant could be considered to be of a "prurient sexual nature," any such interpretation would be erroneous and unsupportable. In addition to having all necessary occupational licenses and all other necessary local and state entitlements, it must be emphasized that the performances offered by the applicant are protected by the First Amendment. This has been recognized by binding Supreme Court decisions and other case law. See Schad v. Borough of Mt. Ephraim, 101 S.Ct. 2176 (1981); Barnes v. Glen Theatre, Inc., 501 U.S. 560 (1991); City of Erie v. Pap's A.M, 120 S.Ct. 1382 (2000), and Redner v. Dean, 29 F. 3d 1495 (11th Cir. 1994), cert. den., 115 S.Ct. 1697 (1995).
The only applicable statutory concepts of "prurient" would found in State Obscenity Statutes. No such activities could ever be found to be applicable to the performances taking place at the applicants' business, and no evidence of any such activity occurring at the subject business, or any such activity even being suspected has ever occurred. Neither these nor any other statutes can support any conclusion that the First Amendment protected performances presented by the applicant could ever be interpreted to be of a "prurient sexual nature."
Material appeals to the prurient interest when it appeals to a shameful or morbid interest in sex of the average person. The phrase "appeals to the prurient interest" refers to the effect or impact on the average person. See Brocket v. Spokane Arcades, Inc., 472 U.S. 491, 105 S.Ct. 2794 (1985); Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973); City of Urbana, ex rel, Newlin v. Downing, 43 Ohio St. 3d 109,539 N.E. 2d 140 (1989); United States v. Treatman, 524 F.2d 320 (8th Cir. 1975).
The applicant must be treated with the same consideration and fairness imparted to any other small business requesting financial assistance during these extremely challenging and unprecedented times. Denying any legitimate tax paying business the relief offered by the law would be an improper exercise of discretion and render any denial unconstitutional as applied and a violation of equal protection of law. On these bases, there is no legitimate reason to deny the application.

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