Artist: Pure Pleasure Adult Bookstore
Confronting Bodies: "Help Our Moral Environment" (HOME), LDS Church
Date of Action: July 1992-Present
Specific Location: Mesquite, Nevada, USA
Description of Artwork: Various adult videos, magazines and books. Erotic dance.
Description of Incident: The predominately Mormon community of Mesquite has banded together to refuse services and goods to the owner of the Pure Pleasure adult bookstore, opened there two years ago. The owner has been constantly singled out and harassed by building inspectors, the city council, the chamber of commerce, and other government entities. He has been refused housing by the property owners of Mesquite. Since the store opened, a 24-hour protest watch has been maintained by the church-organized "Help Our Moral Environment" group. They photograph anyone entering or leaving the store, and record their auto license numbers in addition to physically and verbally confronting them. HOME is currently pursuing a lawsuit aimed at the revocation of a lawfully granted business license. Their vigil has been maintained for the two years the store has been open, and recently completed construction on a permanent structure to house protesters on a nearby vacant lot.
Results of Incident: The incident is ongoing. The lawsuit initiated by HOME is slated to be heard in January, 1995.
Source: "The Salt Lake Tribune" -- daily newspaper. Clark Stacey (Salt Lake City, UT)
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